Sept. 19, 2005
Gohuskies.com: What is the mood in the locker room coming off the big win on Saturday?
Isaiah Stanback: It was good. We were happy we won, but from my standpoint I was disappointed because I knew we could have done that the first two weeks. At the same time we got a "W" under our belt and we know how to do it; let's go do it every week.
GH: Was the fact that you could score easily a confidence booster?
IS: It was because it was the first time we felt like a real team. We put our defense on the field, we stopped them, then we get the ball and we score. I think we really came together as a unit.
GH: Did the team feed off of each other because of big plays or solid plays?
IS: Our special teams, defense and offense all came together. I felt like we were all helping each other out. Our defense made stops and our special teams made big plays. We really felt like we were performing as a team.
GH: How important was it that you were able to run the football?
IS: That helps, because I wasn't having my best game. We really needed to get the running game going and I think that is something we can do every week. Defenses have to be really disciplined against a team that is running the ball well so the opportunity for the big play is there. So our ability to run the ball is crucial.
GH: Has Coach Willingham been different this week, joking around at the press conference and smiling?
IS: That's coach. Reporters don't get to see that side of him, but we do all the time. Coach is a clown, don't be fooled.
GH: What are you looking forward to in playing Notre Dame at home this week?
IS: I'm looking forward to a win. I'm not paying attention to the all the hype.All that doesn't have an effect on what we do on the field. We're going out there to play Notre Dame, not against the rest of the nation. So we've got to prepare for Notre Dame and get a win.
GH: Does the Pac-10 look loaded this season?
IS: It's always going to be like that. The Pac-10 is tough, it's not easy. That's why we need to get a jump start on the season and learn early what we need to do to win games so we can continue on and win. The Pac-10 is the toughest conference.