Oct. 8, 2005
UCLA Head Coach Karl Dorrell
What a game. That was fun. There's so much our team can grow from and learn from in this particular type of game. It was not the prettiest of wins or the cleanest of executions. It was a gut check, and the guys were determined to make the plays when they needed to. That's what this team's all about. We may be young, we may be undersized, but it doesn't mean that we can't play football, or that we can't play with heart. In games like this, things happen, but you keep pushing and battling. There were two or three swings in the game. They got out to a 10-point lead, and it didn't look like we'd be able to stay in game, but we did. I'm proud of this football team. They have a lot of guts, a lot of heart. Last week's win helped us win today. We've been behind before, and we just didn't give up. We found a way to get back in and win the football game. Are we perfect? No. We have a lot to improve on, but we're perfect with our attitude. Yeah, we'll stumble but we'll keep competing. I'm proud of our effort. It was a complete effort with our offense, defense and special teams. Our offense had to score when we needed to just like the week before.
We won the game, we're 5-0 and we're still moving. I'm not going to reflect on what happened two years ago. We're moving forward. We're just going to keep building on the things we've been doing lately, which is winning games when our backs are against the wall.
(On the fake punt) It worked. I felt like we needed to make a play. We were at a point in the game when we had to get ourselves back into the game. I trusted those guys to make the play. They executed, and it worked for us. It was a big play for us. You have to make it look like you weren't thinking about it all night long. Our fans were even booing. They played right into the acting.
(On Maurice Drew) It was a gutsy performance. Whenever we needed a play made, he stepped up and made a play. He's just one of those guys that when the ball is in his hands, he makes plays. His team believes in him, and he believes in his teammates. He just wants to perform for them. He has incredible ability.
(On the crowd) The student section was great. The whole stadium was great. It was a very festive crowd. Cal had a lot of fans here today, but our fans overwhelmed them. What a great football game. It came down the very end. You love to have games like that, but only when you're on the winning end of it.
(On facing Cal) We knew Cal had an explosive football team with great balance, and they ran the ball very effectively against us. But we needed to do what we needed to do to win this game, which was to keep clawing and scratching. We made our mistakes early, they made ours late, which was a benefit to us.
California Head Coach Jeff Tedford
You have to give UCLA credit. They made catches today, where our guys should have had interceptions, so you have to give them credit for that. We hurt ourselves with a couple of penalties tonight. It's not so much what they (UCLA) did; we just didn't make enough plays. We need to do a better job coaching and a better job making plays.
(On the field goals) When we get down in there, we need to score touchdowns. I thought we moved the ball fairly well most of the game. We just need to capitalize.
(On Maurice Drew) We let Maurice Drew get loose too many times. He's always a key factor. Every week he's a key factor. You just try to limit him. He runs the ball very well. He's a good receiver out of the backfield, he's a great kick returner. In open space with people spread out the guy is very, very difficult to tackle. (His performance) was very impressive, no question about it.