Arizona Football Teleconference Quotes

Sept. 22, 2002

On the Wisconsin game:

'On the first interception, the one that Jason (Johnson) threw, he was trying to throw the ball away. It gave them the momentum, they marched down the field and scored. After that, we had a lot of dropped passes, and we could never get on track. Except for Clarence's (Farmer) 70-yard touchdown run, we had a tough day. They didn't sack us, but that doesn't mean that Jason wasn't under a lot of pressure. They made it hard for us to throw the ball. We had to focus more on the short passing game, and we had some opportunities there, but we didn't make do with any of them.'

'Defensively, our tackling was very poor. We gave Brooks Bollinger a 39-yard run when we had him in the backfield, and that is unacceptable. Our defense didn't understand how they were playing the game. They were trying to keep their lead by making a lot of first downs. We gave Bollinger a lot of easy throws, and they kept the chains moving and the clock running.'

'As for our kicking game, (the blocked punt) was a matter of making the wrong call. Their guy just ran by our punter and put his hand up. It was a great play for Wisconsin.'

'This game absolutely was a better introduction to the teams that we are going to face in the Pac-10. We didn't play a single game like this last year during our non-conference schedule. Yesterday's game is a perfect example of why you have to play a good team in the non-conference. We just didn't measure up very well against Wisconsin.'

On this week's preparation for North Texas:

'We have to get back to work this week and identify who we are as a team and what we are trying to accomplish.'

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