Oct. 24, 2009
"Obviously a very disappointing loss. I thought we really had some opportunities, especially early in the ballgame and then coming out of halftime to change the complexion of the game, maybe get the game going in our favor more. And we weren't able to capitalize. (Oregon) did some excellent things on special teams, obviously with the blocked punt, the two-point conversion, the faked field goal. Just destroyed us on special teams. They did a nice job of bringing pressure on defense. I thought our defense played a really good first half, but ultimately they got rolling offensively there in the third quarter and then into the fourth quarter, and we weren't doing a whole lot of offense to keep their offense off the field. And it wore on us. They made some plays. It's disappointing because there were opportunities."
On the Bye Week
"It's great to have a bye. We're obviously a pretty nicked up football team right now. So the bye couldn't come at a better time to get our guys back fresh, get our minds fresh and go into this last quarter of the season with a vengeance and finish strong."
On the 4th Down Attempt
"I liked the play call. I liked what we had set up going in. It wasn't there. I thought we were going to be able to get [QB] Jake [Locker] to the edge a couple of times today. Maybe we miscalculated their team speed in a sense, because there were times I thought we were going to get them to the edge, and he wasn't able to get there and they closed on him."
On Jake Locker
"This is a very fine line we're operating with when we're trying to change the complexion of a guy's game. I knew it wasn't going to happen overnight. Obviously he had some really early success, as we did. And we're going to have our growing pains. That goes without saying. And not just Jake, but as a football program. We're going to have some growing pains. Obviously this was one of them. The challenge for us, and for Jake, is to learn from these games and learn from this style of play and where's the happy medium? Where can he take the running style he had previously and where can he fit it in this scheme that we're running."
On the Blocked Punt
"The blocked punt, we just miscounted and we ended up doubling a guy and let somebody loose. That happens. That's how punts get blocked."
On the offense's ability to move the ball and his ability to get open
"I think we had a good game plan coming into this game. It wasn't really that I was seeing anything special in the defense. We just game planned all week and when we executed the plays correctly I was able to get open. Jake has been looking at me a little more these last couple of games, and I think it was working for parts of the game."
On the offense's inability to capitalize in the redzone
"We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot every time we got close to the endzone. I don't know why we were doing it. We should be scoring touchdowns. We had been running the ball down their throat all day, but we just couldn't execute and move the ball in the redzone."
On the play of running back Chris Polk
"Chris had a great game. He knows in his mind that he could have done even better, but he did all could. He continued to help us all he could throughout the game."
What can you take from this game
"We just have to gameplan, and come out and be more physical. We have to be ready to play and execute the entire game. This bye week is going to help us a lot. Even if it just allows us to recover physically that will be a huge boost for us."
Differences in Oregon's production before and after first quarter
"I think it was more of what we didn't do on defense. We didn't make plays when we needed to. We knew what they were going to do coming into the game. We had a good game plan, but we just couldn't make big plays when we had to."
On Oregon's zone read offense
"We have got to do a better job of reading the quarterback, and running back. Their quarterback could obviously run the ball well so we needed to read him better. That is a boost for them because their quarterback is so mobile, but we just need to make plays."
On Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli
"He's a really good player. He is fast and he can throw the ball really well. He works really well in their offense because he is so fast, but can still throw downfield when he needs to.
On what can you take away from this game
"We need to make plays when we have the chance. We had a lot of opportunities to make plays in this game, but we just didn't. That's the most important thing we need to take to our next game."
Oregon Running Back LaMichael James
On the game
"This was a big game; there was a lot of hype around it the whole week. When we practiced Wednesday I knew we were going to win because we practice harder than any team in the country."
On his performance
"I'm just trying to play hard for my teammates. I didn't want to leave here and watch film Monday and be like, `I could have done this or I could have done that.' That's how I feel sometimes. This week I wanted to go out and give 100 percent."
On the impact of having Masoli out there
"It's a big lift because they can't key on me because Jeremiah is incredible with the ball in his hands so they have to pay attention to him, too."
On Oregon's ball fakes
"Sometimes I thought I had the ball and then I'd see [Masoli] around the other side. That's the big thing. Misdirection is key for our team."
Oregon Receiver Rory Cavaille
On his blocked punt
"I saw the snap, got a good get-off. I thought the gap was closed so I turned my shoulder and it opened right up. I saw the ball right there, put my hand up, and good things happened."
On Oregon's special teams in general
"We emphasize special teams a lot and it's paying off for us."
Oregon Receiver D.J. Davis
On the offensive production
"Basically the offense is starting to open up a little more. The o-line is doing a good job protecting as we're running the ball well...we knew things weren't going to happen easy because we had a couple people graduate last year. We stayed working every week trying to get better."