Oct. 24, 2005
We're off to week eight. We had a very good win last week. Our goal was to start fast. We preached that all of last week - about getting our offense and defense in rhythm early in the game and we were able to do so. It was fun to see our team have that type of performance, where all three areas were playing very well. Special teams was solid and neutralized their special teams. Oregon State had a very good special teams unit and we knew that going into the game. We wanted to overcome the great things that they have been able to do so far in the season. Offensively, it was a great performance. Drew Olson with his six touchdowns, Maurice Drew, Marcedes (Lewis); we just had a number of guys who had great games. We are constantly improving and we are constantly utilizing all of our personnel, and that is something I envisioned all along the way. Defensively, we made some strides with our run defense. It probably wasn't reflected as much in the total stats at the end of the game. They had some running plays towards the end of the game that gave them a little bit more stats with the run. We had three turnovers that were in our favor and that kept us with the edge for most of the game. They scored the first seven points of the game and then we scored to get control of the first half and then maintain that control in the second half.
This week will be a lot different with Stanford. They are a well coached football team. They had their early-season struggles, but they look nowhere close to the team that they were at the beginning of the season. They are playing very well on defense. Their offense is playing awfully smart. They are the least penalized team in the conference. They do a nice job with takeaways as well. They are second in the conference right behind us with protecting the ball and getting the ball back for their offense.
We had some minor injuries in last week's game. We're hoping that's what the case is. Mike McCloskey went down in the first quarter with a rotator cuff strain. He had his MRI done and it was inconclusive. He is going to have some other tests done. He does feel better, but I would say that it is a 50-50 chance that he will play. Kenneth Lombard has a mild ankle sprain. It wasn't anything significant and he should be ready to play by the end of the week. He will start practicing tomorrow and gradually increase his load by the end of the week. Marcus Everett had a mild knee sprain. He actually came back into the game and played, and as soon as we got to a comfortable level in the game we ended up taking him out. We didn't necessarily need him in the fourth quarter. He should be okay and ready to go this week. And then Brian Abraham, who Noah started and played for in the game, he's fine. He had the flu and a fever for two or three days last week. He's feeling better and should be ready to play this week as well. So we're in pretty good shape going into this week against Stanford.
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