Quotes From Rudy Carpenter's Weekly Press Conference

Nov. 10, 2008

On how he felt after the win:
'It's a little bit better. Obviously it feels good to get back in the win column. It makes me a lot less sore.'

On how a strong running game helps the passing game:
'Obviously it helps. I think where it helps the most is in the protection, because those defensive linemen and linebackers can't just pin their ears back and say we're going to go after the passer. That allows me to stand back there for some time and make some throws. It also makes the safeties come down in the box to try to play the run, so you get single-safety coverage, you get man-to-man coverage, and I think we know that our receivers will win when we get those situations, which they did. So, yes, the run game is probably the most important part of any offense, and the last two weeks we have had it.'

On the offensive line changes against Washington:
'I thought [Zach] Schlink played well when he was in there, and I thought Shawn [Lauvao] played well with the move he made to right tackle. As far as Garth [Gerhart], I thought he played well, and I'm sure that the coaching staff will continue to give him more playing time throughout this season.'

On Wes Evans getting the first four catches of his career against Washington:
'It means a lot to me, because Wes and I came in together. He's a fifth-year senior, and he's played a lot of positions on our team. He's never really had a chance to play a whole lot, so I know it means a lot to him to get a chance to play and contribute. It makes me feel good that I was a part of him having a career day. His dad was there, and I know that his family was happy. It was a good day overall for him,'

On if the loss to UNLV had a long-term psychological effect on the team:
'I've thought about that a lot, to be honest with you, but I really don't think so. If you look at our schedule, we had Georgia at home, Cal on the road, USC on the road, Oregon at home and Oregon State on the road. Those are all pretty good teams. I don't think that we went into the year saying we're going to easily beat all these teams. We knew those were going to be good teams. I think it makes a big difference in our record though if we win that UNLV game. Maybe it makes a difference in a couple of those other games. It's hard to tell.'

On Washington State's defense:
'I haven't looked at the numbers. I know that there have been offenses in the Pac-10 that have put up a lot of points on them, but it's not like our team is a point machine. We've struggled to put up points. We have to continue working hard in practice and try to just get a win.'

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