Tuesday's Buddy Teevens Press Conference Quotes

Nov. 2, 2004

Stanford football head coach Buddy Teevens addressed the media about his 2004 team prior to the team's road game at Arizona State to be televised live by Fox Sports Net this Saturday, November 6 (4:30 pm, MST; 3:30 pm, PST).

Opening Remarks
'It was a frustrating loss on Saturday (at UCLA). We played well defensively, but offensively we weren't as productive as we need to be. We want to bounce back against Arizona State (this Saturday), who is a good team that has been playing well.'

On What He Saw On Film From The UCLA Game
'The film showed that we are really a quarterback-driven offense. We need to be sharp at that position, and we weren't as consistent as we've been. They challenged us to run the football, and we weren't productive with our running game. The offense was picking up first downs but not finishing plays. Turnovers and not being able to sustain drives were critical. '

On The Lack Of Offensive Production Against UCLA
'In the first half we were successful in keeping UCLA's offense off of the field and keeping possession. We just didn't produce points. In the second half, UCLA had the advantage in possession, and we had to be opportunistic offensively. On our first second half possession we were moving the ball well, but then we had the turnover. That really was the story of the afternoon ... not finishing or turning the ball over at crucial times.'

On The Attitude Of The Team During The Loss To UCLA
'The team was very composed and knew what we needed to do offensively. We were very settled and wanted to take care of business. The halftime adjustments were made, and we began to move the ball very well, then we had the turnover. That hurt us more than anything. We were doing what we needed to do, but it didn't happen, and we lost some momentum.'

On The Running Game
'We want productivity in the run game. (Center) Brian Head is back (from an injury), and he'll bring more experience and leadership capability.'

On Quarterback Trent Edwards Reaction To The UCLA Game
'He was disappointed and took a lot of the blame for the situation. He didn't have his best performance, and we're relying on that position heavily. His attitude is that it's his responsibility to perform, and he'll be back to take care of his business in the future.'

On More Problems Running The Ball Against UCLA
'It's a combination of things. At times, there may be a missed responsibility or a defensive player makes a great play. We haven't demonstrated a breakaway capability, so we have to be a team that gets four or five yard gains with consistency. If you mix that with the passing game, you'll have good production. We're not going to depart from the run, we just want to be more productive with it.'

On The Upcoming Game With Arizona State
'The confidence level on the team is high. The guys know what the deal is and are confident that if we take care of business, we'll be fine. We need to mix it up on Saturday. Arizona State's offense is explosive, and (quarterback) Andrew Walter is as good as any quarterback in the league. We want to keep them on the sidelines as best we can, and we want to be productive offensively. We want to move the football through the run and pass, and put points on the board.'

On Getting Production From The Quarterback Position
'I've talked to Trent (Edwards) and T.C. (Ostrander) about it, and they know that we need productivity from that position. We've thrown the ball a lot, and we will continue to do so. T.C. showed that he has the ability to operate our offense in the Oregon game.'

On Expectations For The Arizona State Game
'It should be a great contest. Both teams want to put their best foot forward. I understand their running backs are healthy and their quarterback has played well against us in the past. Our guys are excited about the opportunity to get back on the field. Defensively, we want to eliminate the big play and that's the challenge that (Arizona State) Andrew Walter presents. We've been good at keeping the point total down so far this season. Forcing turnovers will be critical. It's a challenge because they can do some things offensively, and they're pretty stout defensively. I think it should be a great ballgame.'

On Scoring Points
'We've been moving the football and are getting first downs, but we're not finishing drives. Saturday (against UCLA), we were in position to score and turned the ball over. That's the most devastating aspect of it. It's not like everything is broken, and we have huge problems, it's more about correcting the little things and finishing. We've put ourselves in position to score points, we just didn't do it on Saturday.'

On Stanford's Defense
'We've been mixing things up pretty well, and we want to keep people off-balance. Certainly, Arizona State has not seen a 3-4 defense and has a week to prepare for it. We will also need to tackle well and execute all of our assignments. '

On UCLA's Defense
'They were effective at closing down the outside, so that's one of the reasons (tight end) Alex Smith and the running backs had so many catches and opportunities. If they shut down the outside, you bring it back inside. You also need to run the football effectively, and that was an area that we were lacking in. We weren't productive in the run, so it shrunk our pass game a little bit.'

On Trent Edwards Being Able To Change Plays At The Line
'We do give our quarterback a fair amount of flexibility. If he sees something that he can take advantage of, he can do it based on the coverage he's shown.'

On The Ability To Throw The Ball Down The Field
'Our bigger plays have all been off of the vertical game. We need to get back to that. We had a shot on Saturday (at UCLA) that was picked off, and we need to continue taking chances down the field. We have faced pretty good cover cornerbacks. I was impressed with UCLA, and I've been impressed with what I've seen from Arizona State. '

On Stanford's Special Teams Play
'It's been solid but has not generated the field position of late that we had earlier in the season. T.J. Rushing had a kick return in the first possession of the second half at UCLA that was huge, and we need plays like that to get field position and shorten the field for our offense. We have to capitalize on those opportunities. UCLA's punt return for a touchdown really hurt us. We've been covering punt returns well all season, and (punter) Jay Ottovegio has really been very consistent. UCLA had a good return man (Maurice Drew), and we gave him a seam and he took it. In most areas we've been strong, but we have given up a play here and a play there. Unfortunately, in close games those things become critical.'

On Arizona State's Loss To California Last Saturday
'They played very hard, and certainly Cal is a very talented team. They pressured the quarterback a little bit. They played very solid football, and that's what we need to do.'

On Rebounding From The Loss To UCLA
'I believe in our players and watching their attitude has been great. There is a belief in what we are doing. The 21-point loss is somewhat of an aberration. The margin is closer than that in our minds. The reality is that you have to put up points to win games. We have to look at areas that need improvement and execute on Saturday.'

On The Play Of Defensive Tackle Scott Scharff
'He's shown great leadership and is a real competitor. He's really played well for us. Scott is an athletic guy, and he loves to play. He has a wry sense of humor, and it's fun to watch his demeanor on the field. We rely heavily on him, and he stepped up when Will Svitek went down early in the season. He's been very consistent for us.'