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Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  11/08/2008

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November 8, 2008
Oregon State 34, UCLA 6

UCLA Head Coach Rick Neuheisel

opening statement
"Congratulations to Oregon State. That's a good football team. I'm proud of our effort. I think our guys went out there and played very spirited football, especially for the first 30 minutes. The field position got us in the third quarter, and we weren't able to turn it back. We let our defense out there with too many short fields. At the end of the day, we were just not able to sustain the line of scrimmage. We are just not able to generate consistent play there, where you can dictate running and passing. Unfortunately, we compound things with untimely turnovers and it just gets away from us. That's very demoralizing for a defense playing as hard as it is. We're going to hang together and try and rise up and play a better football game next week against Washington."

on improvement
"We're not seeing any effects of it because we're still getting handled at the point of attack. When you're handled at the point of attack and you're playing with long field positions, it's hard to get there. In that way, the improvement is not as much as I'd like. We're trying to give [the opposition] some new wrinkles so that it's not too predictable, but we have to get the efficiency that we're all looking for. We're struggling right now, especially offensively. The defensive effort is terrific - unfortunately, we gave up a few plays. I really think that offensively, we're playing hard. We're just a little outmanned. It's tough to see the faces of the kids wanting it so badly. It's a great lesson - in life, it doesn't always come when you want it. You just keep pounding and pounding away, and you never know when you're going to finally break through."

on junior quarterback Kevin Craft
"I saw some good things - unfortunately, he made a play trying to make a play. We gave up a turnover early in the first half that resulted in a fumble. Fortunately, our defense got the ball back on a fumble on the next play. In the second half, he made a couple of poor decisions. The interception that resulted in making the score 17-3 was a poor decision. You can't fault a kid for the effort. He's clearly the quarterback that knows the most about our offense. But those are the things that haunt you when you're trying to flip field position and you're trying to make every yard count. Those are things we have to eliminate if we're trying to get back on the right side of the scoreboard.

"I think that Chris [Forcier] has got a bright future, but he doesn't grasp as much of the offense. I guess that is the fairest way to say it. He doesn't have as thorough of an understanding."

on Kevin Craft fumbling in the first quarter
"I told him that when you're playing against Oregon State, a team that has the best defensive line that we've seen - you have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, pop, and throw. If you want to pop again, you can't. That's what happened. Sometimes you have to learn painful lessons before you'll believe somebody."

on speaking to the fans after the game
"I always say something to the fans after games, not just after wins. I believe that brighter days are ahead. I believe that with all of my heart. At the University of Washington, we had the fifth quarter, where I'd talk to the fans after games, win or lose. I was asked the by administration here if I would be willing to do it, and as a team we want to reach out to those that support us - all is not lost, there are brighter days ahead."

on the team playing with some anger
"If it can be used constructively, that's fine. If it is used to point out others, and it becomes a divisive thing, we have to curtail that. Ultimately, the best way for us to improve is for each guy to look inside himself and ask what he can do better. It's up to the coaches to make sure he's doing that. Unfortunately, sometimes we don't have many choices and as much competition at certain positions to create it."

Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley

opening statement
"I thought UCLA prepared well, but I think our defense just had a special night. The defense was really awesome. I thought UCLA tried some great things, but we were just able to answer. It was very important to run the ball. That was the story for the game on both sides. Jacquizz [Rodgers] had a great game, and so did Sean [Canfield].

on having been 0-9 in his career against UCLA (as a coach)
"I really tried to wipe that out of my mind. Everyone kept saying that this team hasn't beaten UCLA. But I told the team that this 2008 team hasn't played UCLA. I thought the atmosphere was great out there today."

Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield

"We came out a little shaky with that fumble on the goal line. We came out in the second half on track, and that was big. UCLA has been our nemesis for quite some time. Now, Coach Riley can say he has beaten the Bruins."

Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers

"We just weren't executing in the beginning. But the defense played lights out. To not give up a touchdown, that was big. We knew were beating ourselves in the beginning. In the second half, we put it on ourselves to come out and play hard."


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