Quotes from ASU Head Coach Dennis Erickson Post Game Press Conference

Sept. 8, 2007

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On his overall thoughts about the game:

'I thought that we played very sloppy.  Obviously, defensively, we played real well.  Offensively, we struggled running the football, and we ended up making some plays in the passing game and ended up winning the football game.  I thought we played well in the second and third quarters.  Obviously, in the first quarter, we didn't.  Fourth quarter, we were just trying to get out of there, which we were able to do because they couldn't get a first down.  I'm just really disappointed in the penalties.  There's no excuse for that.  It's not going to happen ever again, because they aren't going to play.  We had some, particularly in the first half, we had some 15-yard penalties that are uncalled for, and then a couple on punt, which are uncalled for.  That's the most disappointing thing of the game.  You're going to play sloppy, and those things are going to happen, and you're going to win games.  I thought we showed a lot of resilience doing that, but the penalties and the discipline part of the penalties really bothers me.'


On the defense:

'We would not have won the football game had we not played good defensively tonight.  We're just playing really well.  The guys are flying around.  Coach Bray and his defensive staff are doing a good job, have good plans.  We're tackling really well.  We blew a coverage, one or two coverages, one on a touchdown in the corner.  But we're just playing good.  They haven't been able to run the football in two weeks, and we put them in long third down situations, so I'm real happy with where we're at defensively.'


On the offense:

'They were playing two deep, a lot of that, and then they were playing a lot of man and blitzing.  They were playing the outside routes, and we were able to hit the dig route in there and had a lot of success with that.  We had a couple other times and couldn't get the thing off.  We played very sloppy on offense, but we were able to win.  Hopefully we can look at it tomorrow and make the corrections.  I don't know what they did in the running game to cause confusion, but we've got to get that thing straight.'


On the play of WR Mike Jones:

'He's making plays, him and Chris McGaha are making a lot of plays for us right now.  Mike really had a good night tonight.  I don't know how many catches he had, but he's making a lot of plays.'