Oregon 16, Stanford 13
Oct. 23, 2004
Head Coach Buddy Teevens:
On the game:
'Oregon is a good football team and we knew it coming in. We put ourselves in position to have success and our guys competed for four quarters. Offensively, we didn't play very well in the first half, but I thought the guys rallied and competed. Oregon was able to drive the ball a couple of times in the second half which hurt, but I felt we competed and made plays. We were in position to tie it up and put the game into overtime, but it didn't happen.'
On play of T.C. Ostrander:
'T.C. Ostrander came in and I feel that he did a fine job. He made some good decisions. He's a young guy and came under a lot of pressure, but I thought he responded well. At the end of the ball game, he has 16 seconds and he stands up like a pro. He makes two quick completions and puts us in a position to have an opportunity to tie the game.
On play of offensive line:
'We went up against a good defensive outfit with big physical kids. They competed and I thought they rallied and played better in the second half. They pushed a lot better in the second half, but it just wasn't enough.'
Quarterback T.C. Ostrander:
On the Oregon defense:
'They brought some blitzes and they were pretty tough. There were some times where I was holding onto the ball longer than I should have, but I thought our offensive line did a great job of blocking.'
On playing after the injury to Trent Edwards:
'I felt pretty good out there. I was prepared to go in there and play and got the opportunity. Unfortunately it didn't work out, but that's the way it goes sometimes.'
Tight End Alex Smith:
On the last drive of the game:
'I really felt that if we could stop them, then we would have a shot at it. We never gave up and we knew if we had one more chance that we could make it happen. '
On Oregon's ability to pressure the quarterback:
'I just think they had a good defense for our offense. It kind of disrupted us all day. We'd get drives going and then we'd find ourselves in third-and-long situations. They got to us a couple times and stuck with what was successful for them.'
On performance of T.C. Ostrander:
'He stepped up big time. I can't commend him enough. He stepped in and made the plays when he had to and had some big passes. I'm proud of the job he did until the last snap. He drove us down the field at the end and got it done.'
On the weather:
'It wasn't a factor. It's rained all week, so we were prepared for it.'