Quotables: Week 9 

There are seven unbeaten teams remaining in college football. 

That number dropped by one after then-No. 6 Oklahoma fell 38-33 to unranked Kansas last Saturday afternoon. The Sooners gave up a season-high rushing total and allowed four rushing touchdowns. 

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It will remain interesting to see where the College Football Playoff rankings select each of the remaining undefeated teams. Currently, Liberty is the only unranked unbeaten team in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. 

Here are some noteworthy quotes as focus turns from Week 9 to Week 10.   

Dave Doeren, NC State 

NC State picked up a statement win on Saturday. 

The Wolfpack defeated Clemson 24-17, and they did so behind two touchdown passes from quarterback MJ Morris. 

On ESPN College GameDay, former Utah wide receiver Steve Smith said he thinks NC State is already looking forward to basketball season, calling the program a “basketball school.” 

Well, NC State head coach Dave Doeren heard Smith’s pregame comments, and had a response come postgame. 

“Tell Steve Smith in the studio this ain’t a basketball school,” Doeren said. “He can kiss my a–.” 

Jedd Fisch, Arizona 

Arizona picked up what could be seen as the second-best win of the win earning a 27-24 win over then-No. 11 Oregon State. 

The Wildcats went into halftime tied at 10 apiece with the Beavers. They outgained Oregon State 232 yards to 190 in the second half and averaged 6.4 yards per play. 

Arizona quarterback Noah Fifita completed 78% of his passes and threw three touchdowns during the win. He added 275 yards through the air. 

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Wildcats head coach Jedd Fisch was ecstatic postgame after the win, and he said he saw the game down the middle until the end. 

“One of those games that almost everything was equal: 30 rushes, 29 rushes, 62 plays, 62 plays, 27 first downs, 24 first downs, whatever it might have been,” Fisch said. “But the final score was a field goal game and that’s what it felt like it was the whole time, and I’m glad that we came out on top. Hats off to our team. I think our team had a fantastic resilience about themselves.” 

Pat Narduzzi, Pitt 

Pitt is in trouble with having its first losing season in six years. 

The Panthers are 2-6 to start the season, and they’ve lost their past two games and six of seven. 

Their fortunes didn’t change last Saturday as the Panthers dropped a 58-7 ballgame to No. 14 Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish shut out Pitt in the first half 17-0 before turning on the jets for four offensive touchdowns and two defensive scores. 

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Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi took responsibility for the loss postgame on Saturday. Furthermore, he took to X and posted more of his thoughts sharing where his team is at this point in the season. 

“I am 100% responsible for (Saturday)’s loss,” Narduzzi posted. “Like I said after the game, it starts with me. I didn’t do a good enough job coaching today. Put it on me! I remain committed to finishing the season strong with our team!”