Oct. 4, 2008
UCLA Head Coach Rick Neuheisel
Congratulations to Washington State on a hard-fought game. It's been a month since we've tasted victory, so it's exciting to share that with the kids. It certainly wasn't beautiful, but we had some bright spots, especially on third down. It was a product of a lot of labor and hard work. We had an inability to be consistent running the football against a team that had given up a lot of yards, but they were selling out against the run so we were able to go down the field. We have lots of work to do, but in the end a victory in the Pac-10 is never easy and to be 1-1 going into Eugene is exciting. Eugene is a very difficult place to play, and we will have to play our best to get a victory.
(on quarterback Kevin Craft)
It has been two weeks in a row where I thought he was really good. He made some big plays, especially standing in the pocket as it was collapsing and looking down field. Instead of looking claustrophobic in the pocket, he made some good plays. Washington State was very aggressive. It took a good job by the offensive line and Kevin hanging in there. A lot of progress has been made there.
(on Craft's connection with Ryan Moya)
Ryan has become a weapon for us. He is a good pass catcher and route runner and we usually like the matchup. He's got a good feel for zones and the two of them have a good feeling together. It was a nice effort by them and a continuation of what has already happened this season. They have a good little rapport.
Washington State Head Coach Paul Wulff
"We didn't take advantage of some early opportunities. We just couldn't get in the red zone and make anything happen. We really struggled on third down. That really affected us because we were moving the ball well enough to score points. We just have to get better."
"I thought our kids played well. They were in it mentally throughout. It was our best game so far in terms of staying focused, so I was happy with that aspect."
(On going for it on 4th and 2 in the first quarter and not converting)
"That was really big. We probably shouldn't have gone for it in hindsight, but I didn't think they were going to go 75 yards either."