Oct. 7, 2006
UCLA Head Coach Karl Dorrell
(opening remarks) That was a very good win. My hat's off to Arizona, they're a very good football team. But, we were the better team today. We responded well under adversity. Pat came in and did a tremendous job. You can tell that the competition that we had in camp paid off with Pat. He made some great plays. The offense did a nice job today. Defensively, we are still playing the run very well. In the end, they did not get enough points. We didn't get as many hits on their quarterback as we would have liked. With seven points at halftime, we decided that we weren't going to give them any more. Terrence Austin almost broke a punt, and it's fun to see these guys play. We have a lot of young players in this program making big-time plays. How about that 'little old man' [Alterraun Verner] with that interception return for a touchdown? It's fun to see these guys grow and mature and get to the stages where they're helping this football team.
(on Ben Olson's injury) As for Ben, he sprained his left knee. We don't think it's a major injury but we'll have to get the MRIs to get the status of everything. We're hoping that he can get back as soon as he can. He said it's not swelling up really at all, and he'll get his MRI soon. We're hoping that it's not too serious for him.
(on Pat Cowan) We had a very capable number two, and we felt very confident in our abilities. I've told Pat that you're always a play away. We kind of smiled at each other when that happened and I told him that this was his shot and to go out there and make the most of it.
(on next week at Oregon) We'll just see what happens. We're not thinking right away that there's a quarterback controversy. We've got a great challenge ahead of us next week playing at Oregon. I know we're plenty capable of playing and winning if Ben is not available.
(on Ben Olson getting hit) I did not see the hit. I know there was a guy coming free, and I thought he got the ball of quick enough to where he didn't get hit. But I didn't see the impact of the hit. I don't think it was anything malicious. It was one of those hits that happens in the game.
(on the offensive production) We just want to operate our offense. We're fortunate to have both Ben and Pat - both of whom have a pretty good knowledge of what we want to do. We didn't have to leave any of our gameplan on the shelf, so to speak. Most people think that with your backup quarterback, you just run the ball and want him to get his feet wet. I said let's just call plays that are going to get some shots down the field. [Offensive coordinator] Jim [Svoboda] knows what to do with those quarterbacks. Pat was very close to being the starter out of the competition. We felt that there would not be a dropoff with what we could do. We just told him to go out there, play and have some fun.
(on avenging last year's loss) You don't want the emotions to get the best of that. Our goal is to get back into this conference race. Each week is a championship week. We have to define ourselves each and every week. Last year was last year, and that has nothing to do with this year. You can't worry about those things. So, we really wanted to focus on us getting better and focusing our football team.
(on Christian Taylor's injury) He does have an ankle sprain and he tried to go in the second half. He had it taped up to see if he could move with it, and he felt that he couldn't go. We're going to get him x-rayed too, to determine what his status will be. We'll just see how it responds the next couple of days.
Arizona Head Coach Mike Stoops
Well, we're just not good. Right now, we're just not good enough to win a game, and that's where we're at. We did good things at times, but we're not consistent enough, and you need to be [consistent] to win. We got in holes, and we're not good enough to overcome them right now. It's frustrating, but I'm proud of these players. It may sound trivial, but the kids were prepared and did some good things. It was a bad choice to do the onside kick, but we wanted to try to gain momentum. It just didn't work. We put them in short-field situations, making it easy to score. Our defense wasn't good enough to stop them. Our defense could not get consistent pressure on the quarterback, and we couldn't cover a lot of their pass and misdirection plays. On offense, we threw the ball decently and had some nice plays. We did well with the pass, and our production was better. But, I'm still concerned with our run game. We're all disappointed, but I like how we came to play. We just got beat by the better team.