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Washington State vs. UCLA - Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/28/2006

Oct. 28, 2006

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UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell

Opening Statement
"That wasn't anything close to the game I was expecting. We came in with a good plan but did not execute very well on either side of the ball. We had chances early to capitalize and put points on the board but came away with field goals. [Washington State] made critical plays on a couple of go routes and made the plays. We ran the ball effectively in the first half but didn't really try many running plays in the second half because of the nature of trying to get back into the game. We didn't throw well and made mistakes. This is all coaching, it's all on me. We had some issues on both sides of the ball. We have a lot of things that need to get fixed. It's unfortunate. I felt like we had a good week of practice and preparation for this game but we couldn't put it all together.

on any ill-effects from losing at Notre Dame
"We weren't flat at the beginning. We played well in the beginning. Some plays in the course of the game, we had some third down situations where we're playing well that we did not do as well with. Offensively, we had a lot more opportunities and we wanted to do something different there. We had a couple of guys open and didn't hit either one of them. We didn't prepare as well as we should have. I think our mindset wasn't as good as it should have been."

on the 4th-and-1 situation from the 50, midway through the third quarter
"It was one yard, and we wanted to get a good pass option there. We did that last week, and we were unsuccessful. That's something that we continued to work on as a team, and that we'll have to continue to work on. We had a couple of opportunities that didn't get executed."

on what this loss means with four games remaining
"We need a lot of more hard work, I know that. We have to get back to work and deal with all the criticism and all the things that happened. We're going to find ourselves. We've got four games left, and we're going to learn about how to compete. We're going to take it one Saturday at a time as we've been doing. We're a young football team - young in a lot of areas. We've got to play better, to coach better and to make the right calls. It starts with me and goes all the way down.

on Derrick Williams
"Derrick did a nice job with us, especially with kickoff returns. He did break one for a considerable gain. It was nice for him to make some positives out of it. We have also had some injuries which everyone has at this season. We're just trying to find ways to be productive in a different ways. We had some injuries with our receiving corps today. Tight ends, as you know, we've had our injuries there. You have to keep bringing along the personnel in your program."

on UCLA's effort as a team
"It was tough because they continued to make plays against us. We didn't capitalize and didn't get the stops we needed. That took its toll on us, and we needed to keep working through it and that was tough for us to do. It's a gut check and it's a point where you have to come out and compete. We need to reveal what we truly are. Our backs are against the wall, and we're really going to get a challenge now. We have to come out fighting to see what we're all about."

on quarterback Pat Cowan
"It wasn't one of his better performances, that's for sure. It wasn't just him - there were a lot of circumstances that we didn't quite do the rhythm as we should have. We had some signs of doing some very positive things in the first half. In the second half, we did not. It's a gut check for all of us right now."

Washington State Head Coach Bill Doba

"It was a great effort all-around. I was surprised [that we won by as many as we did]. We just needed to make plays. We did a good job throwing the ball, and we've got some pretty good receivers. I think he [quarterback Alex Brink] had one of his better performances, but I'd still like to look at the tape. He's smart and he usually throws it to the right guys. It's a great win, and it makes us at least bowl eligible."


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