Nov. 6, 2004
UCLA Head Coach Karl Dorrell
I wish we had something to celebrate. No disrespect to Craig [Bragg], but that was not a very good performance. We did not play well in the first half. The kids played hard, but we just ran out of time. There are no other excuses. Washington State got a big play on the fumble on the opening kickoff and scored on their first offensive snap. We got ourselves behind right from the beginning.
We showed character with the way we played in the second half, but if we played the way we should be playing, we wouldn't be feeling this way after the game.
On Tab Perry's fumble of the opening kickoff: It was a big play early, and that momentum changed the game. We struggled in the first half and weren't able to stop them. We were up against it early. We had to respond to it and we just couldn't. Those are things we have to overcome.
This [loss] we weren't anticipating. We had a great week of practice. All the preparation and the mindset were as good as they've ever been. We just weren't playing well at the beginning of the game. This Washington State team was hungry for the win. They played hard in the first half, and that was the difference in the football game.
I don't think we had a lack of intensity today. As a team, we crossed the T's and dotted the I's from a coaching standpoint. We knew Washington State would come to California and they came out to play their way into a bowl game. Their goal was to come into our place and get a big win. This keeps their hopes alive to play in a bowl game.
Stopping the run was tough today. We weren't capable of doing what we had to do. The first half killed us, and in the second half there wasn't enough time.
In the first half, we didn't tackle well, we didn't block well. There were a lot of things we didn't do well. We were just ineffective on both sides of the ball.
About the injury to Marcedes Lewis and its effect in the second half: He had a bruised tailbone, and it definitely impacted us out on the field, but the young guys have to step up and make plays on the field. He would have been in the game for the two-point conversion at the end of the game if he hadn't gotten hurt.
Washington State Head Coach Bill Doba
I thought our offensive line came of age today. They really played well. We made some big runs when we had to. It really came down to Jerome (Harrison) being the big difference today. We needed something positive to happen because our last two (games) weren't even close. We needed something good to happen early in order to get our confidence back. We told them before the game to just believe in yourself and believe in your teammates. We had lost our swagger, and hopefully we got it back today.
I was really proud of our defense. To hold them to right around 300 yards was quite an accomplishment. In fairness to them, however, I think they really missed Maurice Drew.