Football Press Conference Text/Audio
First of all, the sun came up in Westwood today, although it is a little overcast as I just looked out my window. But hey, it's another day and we have to move on. Talking about the Stanford game, it was a game of execution, period. They executed and we didn't, and it was plain and simple. Let's give credit where credit is due - Stanford out-performed us. We had a very poor first half, particularly the second quarter. Stanford had the ball twice as many plays as we had. Twenty-five plays to 49, I think that's almost twice as much. The time of possession, they had it for 21 and a half minutes, we had it for eight and a half minutes. And the telling story was third downs. They were 8-of-9 on third downs for obvious reasons and you saw the game as well as I did. We were 1-of-6 so we didn't have the ball very much. We had 10 snaps in the first quarter and 15 in the second quarter. I thought we played hard. I thought we played very hard, but we didn't play very good. We couldn't get into a rhythm. There were just too many mistakes taking place, we just could not get into a rhythm. I think you attribute it to the third down efficiency. The second half we were obviously better. But it was the same old story of too little, too late. We dug ourselves too big of a hole and we couldn't get ourselves out of it. Also in saying that though, as bad as we played we still had a chance to win it at the end and we didn't get it done there either.
There are only three undefeated teams in college football, so that tells you a little bit about the college football game. It's hard to go undefeated in this day and age. There are five teams tied for first place in the Pac-10. We're about three-quarters of the way done and there are five teams tied for first place. None of them are undefeated. So we have a lot to accomplish. There is a lot of football to be played and that his how we are going to approach it. You certainly find out who is on your side during these tough times.
Washington State, they lost their first game as well. We haven't played them in a few years. We haven't played them up there for a while. I think there are only several people on this team that have played them up there in Pullman so it's going to be a new experience for most of our football team. They are a very good team. They have a lot of excellent athletes. Defensively, I know Mike (Price) said it's the best linebacker and secondary crew that he's coached. So they have a lot of athleticism. The winner of that game is still going to be in the race and the loser is out.
The injury bug hit us Saturday a bit. Jason Stephens is out with turf toe. Blane Kezerian is doubtful, he got the concussion. Cody Joyce is doubtful with a concussion that he hasn't recovered from yet. Cory Paus is doubtful because of the thumb. We won't know up until game time and I doubt very serious that he'll play. He'll probably be available if he had to in a backup role as a third guy. But he's hurt. Brian Poli-Dixon is still doubtful with the shoulder and we'll find out more today. Marques Anderson injured his shoulder the first series of the game. He's probable. Scott McEwan obviously injured his ankle. He'll probably start if he can do something this week. Ryan Smith is probable. He had a shoulder sprain, actually a slight separation. Brian Fletcher has an ankle sprain but he's probable. Shane Lehmann, he's getting healthier. He had the ankle sprain and I think he'll be back. And the last one is Troy Danoff. He separated his shoulder in the first half and he also sprained his ankle. He is very questionable at this point.
The captain for this game will be Ed Ieremia-Stansbury. The offensive player of the game that we picked was McEwan. The defensive player was (Matt) Ware and our special teams player was (Nate) Fikse. Even though we're a team, we have awards every Monday and if there are people that are worthy of them, we give them out because there are some players that played pretty good, but we lost as a team. The one thing I try to do is I try to be consistent.
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