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Post-Game Quotes
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  09/07/2002

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UCLA head coach Bob Toledo

"I'm really happy for this football team. We're a young team; we battled back and did a good job in the fourth quarter."

"In the first half, the kicking game faltered; we missed two field goals. Also in the first half, the passing game wasn't very good. But the defense played well and kept us in it."

"They're a very young team, and for a young team to do that against a Top 20 team is very impressive."

(On putting in true freshman quarterback Drew Olson)
"I was about ready to put him (Olson) in, and Cory (Paus) threw an interception. I didn't want to take Cory out on a negative ... On (Olson's) second possession out, we got the ball on the eight yard line and for an 18-year old, he showed a lot of poise. He threw some good balls and got a lot of experience, and that will pay off down the road."

"We came out in the second half, did some nice things, held the line of scrimmage and completed some passes."

(On the crowd support)
"We came in and got off the buses and did the Bruin Walk through the fans. It was excellent. We weren't expecting with it being the season opener and a night game to have so many fans there. The crowd really got behind us, and I can't say enough about the loyal fans that came out to support."

(On Ricky Manning's forced fumble)
"Ricky is a great football player. He's courageous. He really attacks the run. The hit was a big play in the game."

Colorado State head coach Sonny Lubick

"I give credit to UCLA. They're a good football team, and they stayed in the game all the way. I'm proud of our kids; I don't think anyone controlled the game, and we were in it for three and a half quarters."

"I thought we played very well tonight early on. First of all, I have to give a lot of credit to UCLA. They're a very good defensive team. They're very good offensively, but our defense was able to play them well."

(On quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt)
"I thought Bradlee threw the ball very well. I got to realize that UCLA is a good team, especially in the secondary, and they were keeping on our receivers."


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