Oct. 26, 2002
UCLA Head Coach Bob Toledo
"I'm extremely proud of our team. We never quit. We played pretty hard in an adverse situation. We had two turnovers at the start, we had a freshman quarterback, and we worked extremely hard the whole game."
"(Tyler) Ebell ran very well. (Matt) Moore did a great job. We kept it simple. (Nate) Fikse did fantastic with five field goals. I couldn't be prouder of our team with four games left in the season. Now, we're going to focus on Washington."
"We wanted to get some one-on-one matchups. We took some deep shots, and a couple of them paid off."
(On McCloskey's fumble in the first quarter): "After a fumble, which made it 15-0, our team still had a lot of poise. McCloskey came up to me and said it was his fault, and that says a lot for a freshman. But unfortunately they scored on that drive."
(On Drew Olson): "Olson could have played if he had to. We had him warming up on the sidelines." "Going into this game, we spoke about attitude and effort. I asked both players and coaches to give a little bit more of themselves. It was hard after the Cal game, but they did."
"We had a freshman quarterback who had never taken a snap in a college football game. So we asked everyone to give a little more out there, and we kept the playbook simple."
UCLA tailback Tyler Ebell
(On being down 15-0 at the start of the game): "It reminded me of the Oregon game, but I knew we'd come back and win this one."
(On increasing his workload): "With more carries, I feel that I become a better runner. It reminded me of high school."
"The QB situation doesn't matter. Whoever's in there will do a good job."
Stanford Head Coach Buddy Teevens
"I thought we did some decent things during the course of the night. They jumped us pretty well with their secondary and closed things down a little bit. We tried to run the football. We had occasions but just came up short and didn't put the points on the board when we had the chance. A late turnover obviously affected us. Their defense did well; they're a decent defensive group, and it was going to be a close ball game throughout. We talked about how it was going to be a 60-minute contest. Special teams was going to be important. They made plays at the end, and we didn't make the plays that we needed to."
(On quarterback Kyle Matter): "I thought he played smart football. He had the one he forced up. Outside of that, I thought he protected the ball fairly well. He was harassed most of the afternoon, but he scrambled and picked up some key first downs for us. I thought he played really head-y football. I was pleased overall."