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By: UCLA Athletics

Sept. 5, 2009

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UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel

opening remarks
"Congratulations to San Diego State. They certainly started fast. Brady [Hoke] is doing a nice job with that program. We didn't know what we were going to see, but we found a way to get ourselves organized despite a slow beginning. We saw glimpses, and I said that to the crowd afterward. We had some great plays by some of our young backs - Coleman, Franklin, Knox and Thigpen there at the end. They made some good stuff happen. We saw glimpses, certainly with our quarterback. He showed that he could play at this level and then he showed that he is a freshman. We showed glimpses of being able to get bigger chunks of yardage down the field. We've got a lot of work to do."

"Defensively, I talked to them before the game that when you are experienced, you get so excited that you try to make too many plays too early. We jumped offsides trying to get to the quarterback early in the game and held on third-and-eight, and that resulted in a touchdown for them. Those are things we learn from. There was no sense of panic. It was more of a calm - a self-assurance that we can get this ship righted. It was a great night for Rahim Moore, who set a school record with three interceptions. It was also a great night for Courtney Viney, who had to go play corner in the absence of Aaron Hester. We saw young mistakes that people make when people haven't been in the fire before. We should improve a great deal between week one and week two, and we have to if we're going to be competitive in Knoxville. We are excited to be 1-0."

on running back Derrick Coleman
"Derrick has been the unlucky one in our scrimmages. But tonight, he looked like it was wide open for him. That kind of evens itself out. We've got a nice quartet of running backs. When we get [Christian] Ramirez back, we'll be even deeper."

on overcoming a slow start
"It was more of a matter of not panicking. We had great play from our special teams - the return team. We set the wedge in time and Terrence [Austin] almost went to the house. And then on the next play, 14-3 was 14-10 in less than one minute's time. Maybe there wasn't even time to panic, especially when you are going with a young, fragile team."

on the play where quarterback Kevin Prince went down
"I didn't see anything of note happen on the play. I wasn't overly concerned. You're going to get a lot of cramps on opening night, especially when you have to deal with the heat you have to deal with."

on quarterback Kevin Prince
"I thought he played really well in the first half. I was elated with the way he played. He said at halftime how much fun he was having. All of a sudden, there was a notch of letdown in his concentration. He went three steps when he should have gone five steps on a route and threw that slant for an interception when the outside slant was where the ball should have gone. Somehow, someway he was going to that inside guy. Both of his interceptions were easily avoidable. That is a reminder of how young these guys are. We are lucky to get that lesson without costing us a game. I was also very impressed with Richard Brehaut. We want to play Brehaut, to keep those guys razor sharp when they are out there, trying to compete against the other one."

San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke

opening remarks
"Obviously we are very disappointed in the outcome of this football game. I have to do a better job coaching this football team. I thought our kids played hard. I thought they fought, but you have to fight and execute for 60 minutes, and we didn't do that. That's my fault.

on the flea flicker, resulting in an interception
"I have no problem with it. I told Al [Borges] to be aggressive. We are going to be aggressive in everything we do. We just have to execute better."

on moving forward
"You never let a team beat you twice. It's a process. It's maturing as a team, and that's what we need to do."

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