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UCLA vs. Stanford
By: UCLA Athletics

Sept. 30, 2006

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UCLA Head Coach Karl Dorrell
(Opening remarks): "It was an exciting win. For our team to be up 7-0 at halftime and have the performance they did in the second half showed how much we have improved on what we tried to accomplish and didn't last week. Even though we had rough times in the first half and didn't put the ball in the end zone, we played 60 minutes and kept going. The first half wasn't that great, but we kept plugging away in the second half because we believed the kids could do it. We still missed a couple of opportunities, didn't hit some easy throws for touchdowns, but we'll continue to learn and grow through the process. In the first half, we were 0-2 in the red zone, and in the second half we were 2-2. That shows improvement in what we are trying to do. We're just trying to keep pushing the envelope."

"What can I say about our defense? Our defense is playing very, very well. They're causing turnovers, making big plays, stopping on third downs, and shutting down the running game - doing all the things that are important for us to be a top-notch defense. They've been patient as a team. It was nice to see the explosion in the second half. We made a great statement of finishing a game. We did what we wanted to do and talked about it at halftime. Our special teams were solid, aside from a mis-handled punt, that was the only flaw on special teams. They had great coverage. Punt returns went nowhere. Field goals were on the money. We're still steady making improvement on that side of the ball."

(On the improvement in the 2nd half): "I think it was mis-opportune plays. We had a touchdown called back with a penalty and an interception that came after that penalty. On fourth down we wanted to get six points instead of three. I wanted to stay aggressive with this offense in the red zone. Our biggest learning experience was that fourth and goal play."

(On Chane Moline): "We will implement Chane more as the season goes. He's a bigger back and gives us a bigger presence. It was nice for him to have that success today. As the season moves forward, we will continue to bring him along, like we will other young players in our offense."

Stanford Head Coach Walt Harris
(Opening remarks): "We had a hard-fought game. I think the score didn't indicate what a battle it was for quite a long time. We needed to get on the board, and we needed to give our guys some hope, other than just playing hard. Unfortunately, we didn't do that. Our defense played well and gave us a chance to win the football game, and I'm really proud of that."

(On the turnovers): "If you continue to do those kinds of things, you're not going to win, and that's what happened."

Stanford Quarterback Trent Edwards
"We knew going into the game that UCLA's defense was stopping offenses on third down. They are very well-coached, and they have a great scheme. My feeling right now is that we let the defense down. It's embarrassing to see the offense perform like that."

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