Oct. 10, 2005
Hello everyone, good afternoon. We're very excited about this week and the challenge for our program on the heels of a great performance in a great comeback victory that we had last week. Recapping last week's game, it was a total team effort. The offense had to generate some points against a very tough defense and was able to do so. They had some consistency throughout the game. Defensively, we've had our woes as you know. But at the times where we needed some plays to be made for some stops on that particular offense, we were able to come up with those plays and give some opportunities to our offense. Special teams was critical. We had some great guys doing some great things on special teams. A lot of hustle plays. Both on kickoff coverage teams and our punt return teams. A lot of guys just doing a tremendous job trying to make a difference with their own individual play, which led to some big points and big production for us on special teams. A great team effort. It was a fight to the finish and it was a rewarding finish on our part. We are very fortunate that our team was able to come up with those types of plays given the nature and the ramifications of that type of game. It was a great game to win. It was definitely something we will build upon. Definitely something that I foresee us probably engaging in for some of these games that lie ahead; which leads me into Washington State.
We have not played well at Washington State for a number of years. That is a tremendous focus for our team this week. They are a very good football team. A very explosive football team. They are very balanced on offense. They are averaging over 500 yards of offense a game and over 200 yards rushing, and 300 yards passing. They have a good mobile quarterback. A very good running back. Some good wide receivers and an experienced offensive line. That is a tremendous challenge again for our defense that is young and up-and-coming and doing some great things along the way. So there is a number of issues we need to shore up defensively as we know. We have a great attitude in our program so we are capable of doing those things.
Offensively we are doing well. Our running game came alive in the game when it needed to. Maurice Drew was very efficient. Chris Markey was very efficient. We had only one sack in the game so we protected the quarterback well. We did some good things at opportune times. That is what our offense has been doing consistently so far at this point in the season. Every time we've had an opportunity to score in the red zone we've been able to do so. And we're hoping to keep that going positively in the direction it has been going for us up to this point.
It's a great challenge again this week in the Pac-10. Washington State is a dangerous football team and they are even more dangerous in their own backyard. We have to have a great week of preparation and focus to overcome some of the obstacles we will see in that particular game. But it's really going to come down to how we play and how our approach is, which begins with our week of practice. I'd like to take the next few moments to answer questions.
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