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Post-Game Quotes
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  09/08/2007

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UCLA Head Coach Karl Dorrell

(opening remarks) "It was a hard fought win today. I knew this [BYU] team was a very good football team. You don't win 11 games in a row and not have the attitude and poise that it takes to come back in victories. My hat is off to Bronco [Mendenhall] and his team .They played hard. We had the upper hand early in the game, where we had a comfortable lead. We gave them the opportunity to make a play with that interception. I was impressed with how our team responded late in the game. BYU had one extended drive at the start of fourth quarter that seemed like it lasted over five minutes, and we came up with a hit on the quarterback and a fumble and we hung in there. In a moment when we needed something to happen in this game, our defense dug their heels in the ground and made a great play to stop a scoring opportunity by BYU."

(on UCLA's offense) "Offensively, I was really pleased how this team responded when you had to put points on the board at the end of the game. We finished the game by icing down the clock and getting seven points. Those are good things to build upon going into this season. There's no question that the team we played this week is a very good football team. I thought it was a good, hard-fought win. Our team handled adversity late in the game, and it showed what they area all about. I was really pleased with how we responded.

"We are learning through this process. Jay [Norvell] did a nice job last weekend, and we continue to learn through this process this week. We'll look at the tape - that's usually the best information you get. We'll learn through this and get better and get ourselves in position to make plays. The coaches and players have the chance to get better."

(on pulling away with a 20-3 halftime lead) "We really didn't have a chance to put them away. We made a big play on an interception return for a touchdown. The offense scored one touchdown in the first half and the defense scored a touchdown. We didn't run the ball as effectively as we would have hoped. We just didn't have the groove that we did the previous week, but I'm pleased with how our team fought through it. They didn't worry about whether they could get out of it. They kept plugging at it and eventually we made those plays when we needed to."

(on quarterback Ben Olson's performance) "There were some communication problems in the first half that weren't Ben's fault. There may have been some issues where we lost some continuity. There were some different personnel groups that we played in this game that we didn't play in other games. We have to work on our communication and mechanics of how we substitute. As coaches, we know we could have called a better game, but we'll keep working through it."

"He probably was in a similar game one year ago at Washington where he didn't have the chance to make the final plays to engineer a drive. But he did that today, given the experience he had at Washington a year ago. We took about three and a half minutes off the game at the end before we put up the final seven points with one minute left. You build from that. Were there some spots in between where things could have been better? Sure, on both sides of the ball. We're going to continue to work on doing those things."

(on BYU's 17-point scoring run) "They made some plays. They scored 14 points in the second half. They had a quick score after our first possession in the second half. Our next possession they took advantage of an interception and scored some more points. We had a tough turn, and that as good for us to go through. They had the momentum most of the second half, and we rose up and made some plays late in the fourth quarter."

(on BYU's play) "I knew their defense was really good. They had a really good linebacker corps, with solid secondary play. We knew their front added a lot of difficulty, given their 3-4 structure. Offensively, I was not surprised. Their quarterback played well. He played with a lot of poise and completed a lot of passes. We wanted to stop their run and stop them from getting that dimension. We wanted to put it in the quarterback's hands, and he got hot. You can tell the momentum changed a little bit, and we dug our heels in and came away with a hard-fought win."

(on improving week after week) "It wasn't our best performance offensively. We can do a lot better on every aspect of what we do offensively. We had some problems and you have to adjust and work along the way. That's what you do as a staff. That's really all I can say about that right now. I haven't had a chance to look at the review tape yet. Definitely, there were some mistakes made and some calls that could have been called better in a different situation. There were a lot of things we left on the field that we need to get corrected. Our offense is still evolving into the offense that we would like."

(on special teams) "They're playing solid. I was encouraged with Kai [Forbath] today, and I felt that he was going to have that type of game after his first game last week. It was good to see him steady and confident today. I think our punter is punting well and our kickoff team is doing well. [Place kicker] Jimmy Rotstein is doing a good job, and our coverage team will continue to work on its coverage downfield."

(on running back Kahlil Bell) "He's going to share the load, just like he's been the last few games. He and Chris Markey will share the load, and they'll both be needed down the road. We want to utilize them as best we can by getting both of them enough touches to make them productive."

BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall

"I give a lot of credit to UCLA. When the critical plays needed to be made, they made them. We fought back and rallied, but, quite frankly, we didn't play well enough in all three phases of the game to win in this setting against this strong of a team. UCLA deserved to win."

(On quarterback Matt Hall's performance) "I thought it was gutty. He made some plays down the stretch that were critical. I think his performance was reflective of the team. They fought and scrapped and battled till the end but just fell short in terms of our precision and execution."

(On his team's performance) "I like their heart. I like their willingness and their fight, but our execution in making the critical plays and doing what we're supposed to do wasn't good enough to win today."

(On his team's play in the second half) "Defensively, we played very similar to what we did in the first half. Offensively, we just became more precise. Just some execution flaws got in the way of our momentum. I think you saw some bits and pieces of what this team will become."


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