Quotes From Danny Sullivan's Weekly Press Conference
Nov. 2, 2009
On facing USC after playing against them in the second half last season:
'Last year was last year. It is a new season, and I do not even focus on that. We have got to find a way to get back on a winning track right now. We came so close on Saturday, and we have had a couple close games this year. We need to find a way to win those close games.'
On the close losses to Georgia and Cal:
'It is something that we think of. We try and win those close games, and when we come up short, it just stings so much more. It is something we stay focused on and make sure that we are right there, and eventually one of them is going to come our way.'
On what is causing the offensive struggles:
'We are just not consistent. We are digging ourselves in a hole to start the game, let alone leaving ourselves in tougher third down situations. It is hard. We do fine when we are getting manageable third downs, but lately we have not been doing that.'
On what the team needs to do to prevent falling behind early in games:
'I think it is just adjusting. You have to make your halftime adjustments. We have done that pretty well for the last three years, and now it is just a matter of the players adjusting to what we have to do in the first half. Going down 14-0 against Cal is something that we cannot be doing anymore. It lies on my shoulders, and we have to get ourselves in a better situation to maintain throughout the game.'
On the last four games of the season:
'We have to win at least two, but we are looking to win all of them. We have to have the winning mindset going in [to those games]. We are playing OK right now and we are right there, but we just have to keep a positive attitude and keep pushing forward.'
On what he expects from USC after their loss to Oregon:
'I figure they are going to be fired up and ready to go. I think they'll have a way different mentality than they had, especially after that game against Oregon. Coach [Pete] Carroll is going to do a good job of getting those guys ready and getting them back to where they want to be.'
On USC's defense:
'They are good. There is no hiding it; they are USC. Taylor [Mays] is a great player. He's fast and he is physical. Everson Griffen is a beast on the end. They have the guys to do it. It is going to be a matter of us keeping focused and doing what we need to do to try and stop them.'
On the mindset of the team after a tough loss to Cal:
'The loss stung a little bit, but we came in yesterday and we had a positive attitude about what we are trying to do. I think it is pretty much behind us now. We are looking forward to this weekend. It is a big game. It is USC, and we have to get ready to go and get this win.'
On if it is motivating that ASU has not beaten USC since 1999:
'I hope so. It has for me. We have to get one of these wins against a top-tier opponent. Let this be the week, get good preparation and be ready to go.'
On how he feels about his ASU career coming to a close:
'It is weird when I think about it. It seems like just yesterday I walked in here as a true freshman. Now that I only have four games left, especially against some good opponents, three that are in the top 20, I am just going to go out and get the job done and have some fun. It is hard to think that is only four games away. I just have to have fun and go out and play with my teammates and try to find that win.'
On Samson Szakacsy:
'It was fun to watch him get out there and throw that touchdown pass, because we had been joking about it all week. He finally got the chance. Having him on this team is fun and keeps everyone loose.'
On Chris McGaha:
'Chris is the greatest guy. Knowing him the last couple of years, especially this year, getting to know him more and more makes you learn how dedicated he is. He is a great Sun Devil and he loves this program. All of the things he has gone through and how he has handled situations has been cool to watch. Chris is a great guy, and I hope to have a friendship with him later on.'