Post Game Quotes
Oct. 23, 2004
USC Coach Pete Carroll
'This was a good game for us. We were forced to deal with our first-half offensive frustration. We had to regroup and put it together. We're glad that a lot of guys got in. There were a lot of firsts tonight and a great job by our defense controlling the option.
(On the first-half offensive lapses)'We weren't hitting it right. They had a nice little plan, but we just weren't hitting. We made the adjustments in the second half and took care of it in the second half.
(On the strong performance by the defense)'We played them straight-up. We didn't take too many chances. They ran what we prepared for. With the great week of practice by the defense, we did a beautiful job-coaches and players.
(On getting a shutout)'Sure, it feels good. It's something nice. There is a pride factor involved. It's not something we try to prepare for, but if it's there, we try to shoot for it. It's nice to see the players fight for it.
Trojan Tailback LenDale White
(On the offensive lapses)'We just weren't executing. We were penalized and missed some blocks. But at halftime, we made our adjustments. In the second half, we got into a groove and the line started plowing.
Trojan defensive end Frostee Rucker
(On the shutout)'Coaches did a great job calling the game. Today, it didn't matter if they were 1-5, 5-1, or 6-0. It just didn't matter. We were prepared and we knew who was going to get the ball. They kept trying the same plays and they kept getting frustrated.'
Washington Coach Keith Gilbertson
'They are big and strong and skilled and well coached. They look the part and that's what a number one team looks like. Defensively, I was really pleased with our effort and how the guys played for most of the game. I'm stuck on offense. We can't make a play. We couldn't get the ball to receivers. We couldn't get our running game going.
(On USC's defense)'They don't make mistakes. They line up and play, do what they want to do. Their secondary is never out of position. We're just not a good match right now. We're struggling.
Washington Quarterback Isaiah Stanback
'We never got it going. We didn't execute like we should have. Give credit to USC, they've got a great defense, but we didn't do our jobs. As a defensive front, that's the best we've faced all year. We didn't get a chance to test their secondary today.
(Regarding the shutout streak ending)'It's part of our history. It's part of the reason people come here to play. You don't want to be part of the team that ends that streak.
Washington Center Brad Vanneman
'USC's front four is the best I've ever faced. They've got great penetration without needed to blitz. They're tough to pass block and they are the real deal. They took away what we wanted to do. We tried to run the option and the best it worked was for three yards. We couldn't break tackles and we missed blocks.'