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UCLA vs. Oregon
By: UCLA Athletics

Nov. 24, 2007

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UCLA Head Coach Karl Dorrell

(opening statement)
"That was a very rewarding performance. It was a tough football game, trying to get the offense going. The defense played well, though, and the special teams were solid, which was very important in terms of field position. Our offensive production wasn't what we wanted it to be, but we took advantage of our opportunities in the red zone, and we won the turnover battle. It was a very courageous effort, and we were ready to play. We were going to win this game. There was no question in our mind. It was a great team performance. We played smart and made critical plays when we needed to make them. We have a big game next week, and we need to play a lot better as we know. But we did what we needed to do today."

(on switching to Ben Olson to start the second half)
"He felt comfortable during pre-game. Osaar (Rasshan) struggled in the first half and we felt it was a good time to insert Ben for a series in the second half. He looked good and engineered a couple of drives. Ben got more comfortable as he was playing. I never considered starting him. That was never part of the scenario. He was available if needed. He didn't take most of the reps in practice this week. The most he took was on Thursday. He passed the test and played well this afternoon. Ben took positive steps that we can build on for next week."

(on defensive play)
"Oregon was designed as a spread run team and they have an excellent back. We didn't give them any big runs and we wanted to make their quarterback make the plays for them. We capitalized early on the turnovers, scored first and stayed in control of the game."

(on quarterback injuries)
"It's unfortunate in any level of football when you lose the primary player on the field. It is a big challenge to keep production at a high level when that happens. It's good we are getting some of our health back. We hope Pat (Cowan) will be ready to play next week. We haven't had those two (Cowan and Olson) healthy in one game this season. But its football and we need to plug guys in that give us a chance to win. We did the same thing today. The team played well, and we didn't shoot ourselves in the foot. They (Oregon) didn't capitalize in some scenarios and we did."

(on still being alive for a Rose Bowl berth)
"Our goal was to be in a position for this opportunity. I can't tell you that I thought we'd be 6-5 with this opportunity. But it is what it is. Next week's game is what we need to focus in on. It is always going to be a challenge. (UCLA-USC) is the most exciting game in football in my opinion - a great rivalry game. We will find a way to do the things necessary to make us successful."

(on the running back rotation)
"We will continue to use our rotation, which did some nice things. Markey ran OK and did some good things. We had a big run by Moline late too. We need all of them. That is where we are. They are a group right now. They are just trying to be productive. In their minds, it is about who can be the most productive and who is the hot back."

Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti

(on injuries)
"It's disappointing, but it's no excuse. UCLA had some people that were missing too. They did a nice job, give them credit."

(on the offense)
"Our offense failed to show up today unfortunately. We dropped about six passes today and you can't do that. We didn't make enough plays. We had too many three-and-outs. We had too many turnovers. And we had too many dropped passes."

(on the defense)
"I don't know if I've ever seen our defense play better, and I've been here for 19 years. They played inspired football. They gave us a chance to win."

(on the quarterback situation)
"Our No. 1 and 2 guys are down. Our No. 3 guy was down earlier this year so we're now down to No. 4 and 5. They didn't play well today. It was sort of painful to watch."

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