September 21, 2013
Pasadena, Calif. – Rose Bowl

Postgame Quotes
UCLA head coach Jim Mora

opening statement
“This is a good win. I’ll tell you what – what I liked about that win. We learned a couple weeks ago, I don’t want to get all philosophical or emotional but so many of these kids have the dream of playing for UCLA in the Rose Bowl and we can have a game like that and get a bunch of kids like that playing the game of football is awesome. I’ve been on the other side of games like that, and it appears that teams are trying to run things up. But to see Sam Handler and Zach Hernandez catch passes and Ahmaad Harris catch a couple of passes, and to see Ryan Davis who busts his tail every week carry the football, that’s awesome stuff right now. There’s no disrespect meant to New Mexico State to go fast in the final minutes, but we wanted those kids to get a chance to play. I thought New Mexico State played their tails off, and I commend the m for that. We have not had a turnover problem this year. We had three in the red zone. We’ve got to fix that and the penalties, we have to fix those as well. It was great to see all those guys out on the field and play football for UCLA. It was great.”

on Brett Hundley’s play
“At one point, I told him to just pull the trigger. He looked hesitant and he’s got to move through that. He had good numbers, but numbers aren’t always the true story. He’s such a good player. He’s so composed and so mature and he can get through that. I’d like to see him start a little more solid. That’s nitpicking it a little bit.”

on using 10 players on the field for the first play
“That was the players’ idea and Noel’s [Mazzone] idea. I don’t think that we can ever do enough to honor Nick [Pasquale] and his family. With Shaq [Evans], we ran him off the field. Our 11th guy out there was Pacman, and the players were fired up about doing that. I’m glad we did it.”

on coming out fired up on defense
“I’m glad you recognized Randall [Goforth] because he played well. That might be the best game he’s played since he’s been at UCLA. Good solid hits. Anytime they had the ball, we were aggressive. Nice hits on kickoffs and good hits on runners. But you’re supposed to go after it like that. Physical, fair, tough.”

on UCLA scoring 83 consecutive unanswered points
“I think it says a lot about the team and the young men we have on the team. They work hard. They care about each other. They play hard. It’s important to them. I’m not sure if it’s the offense or the defense or our special teams, but everybody who puts a jersey on. They want to play the best they can.”

on Malcolm Jones
“I like Malcolm a lot. I think he’s coming back, too. We have one football and a lot of playmakers on offense. I’d like to see Malcolm get more carries earlier in the game. I’ve been so proud of the way he has played. He went through a lot last year, swallowing his pride how he did and performing how he has. I’m really proud of Malcolm. We will try and get him more carries.”

on Steven Manfro
“He really ran hard. He was pounding it up in there. He was a little disappointed out in Nebraska that he didn’t get as many touches as we would have liked. But rather than express disappointment and sulking, he had a great week of practice and he played extremely well. That to me defines his character. Rather than sulking, he worked hard. It paid off for him. It’s a great problem to have. [Whether he gets more playing time] it’s a question I don’t know the answer to right now. I’m glad it’s a question, I can tell you that. And I’m glad that I don’t have the answer.”

on an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty assessed against Coach Mora
“I was upset about the call on Anthony Barr. I probably, obviously, said something that I shouldn’t have. I think those guys [referees] work their tails off under very hard circumstances. It’s been an emotional couple of weeks. I let my emotions get the best of me there. It’s not a very good example. We all stand back here and jab them, but I certainly don’t like to do that.”

New Mexico State head coach Doug Martin

“They’re a really good team. They have a lot of talent and a lot of speed.”

on running back Brandon Betancourt
“He ran the ball well. Brandon found some holes and he’s been a playmaker all year for us. He got a little beat up tonight and we just have to get him healthy for next week.”

on safety Davis Cazares’ game
“Davis is a senior and he plays really smart. He has a lot of good instincts. He really helped us make some crucial plays tonight.”

on quarterback Andrew McDonald igniting the offense
“We continued to play hard and Andrew did a good job. We were playing against their second team defense at that point, but at least we kept competing and played hard.”

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