Cal-Oregon State Postgame Quotes

On losing Brandon Mebane and Ryan O'Callaghan and how that contributed to the loss: "We lost quite a few guys and that's no excuse. Robert Jordan was out for about a quarter and a half, DeSean Jackso
By Cal Athletics on Sat, October 15, 2005

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Oct. 15, 2005

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On losing Brandon Mebane and Ryan O'Callaghan and how that contributed to the loss:
"We lost quite a few guys and that's no excuse. Robert Jordan was out for about a quarter and a half, DeSean Jackson was out for about a quarter, O'Callaghan was out for about three quarters. We need to step up, there is no question. Football is a rough game and we have had our share of the injury bug. We have played a lot of tough games and we have one more and then we have a bye, but we have to pull it together. We have trust and faith in our guys but right now we're a little banged up."

On the game changing with the absence of O'Callaghan:
"I'm not going to put that on the right tackle that O'Callaghan wasn't in there. They played better than we did. Bad game plan- got to give our guys more of a chance to be successful and today it was obvious in the run game that they were more physical than we were and out coached in the run game."

On Marshawn Lynch not playing in the second half:
"Well Marshawn was having trouble hanging onto the football. We could not afford to let that happen again and get the ball on the ground. We put our defense in a bad situation in the first half and I thought they responded very well. But we have to hang onto the football, I don't care who it is, you have to hang onto the football."

On being surprised that Oregon State ran so effectively:
"Yeah, in the second half. They didn't run much in the first half, but they had a couple of good runs in the second half. They are a physical offensive line; I thought they did a pretty good job. For the most part I think our defense held up pretty well. Abu Ma'afala and Mebane went out for a while, but they did a nice job. You have to give them credit for playing better than we did."

On why you think Oregon State got 105 rushing yards in the third quarter:
"Stretch play. At the point of attack they were more physical, they had movement on the edge and allowed their back to turn the corner. For the most part they just did a nice job of attacking the edge and bending the edge."


Mickey Pimentel, LB

On interceptions:
"I knew how to read the routs and where they would set. I knew someone was going to come around me, so I was there to get it."

"We were trying to help the corners and safeties today. I was just out there to get the ball."

"We look at film a lot here. So we knew there tendencies and where they were going to be."

On the loss:
"A loss is a loss. We just have to bounce back. I don't think it was one thing necessarily. You just have to stay positive and not worry about our backs being against the wall."

Joe Ayoob, QB

On Oregon State's defense:
"They did a good job pressuring our offensive line. I always expect to get hit, I'm the quarterback - you are going to get hit. Everyone on our line played well, obviously we did miss O'Callaghan."

Justin Forsett, RB

On Oregon State's defense:
"They did a good job holding the run game today. I think when we are at our best, we can't be stopped. We weren't on our top level today."

Robert Jordan, WR

On loss:
"We had too many turnovers today. If you have too many turnovers you are not going to win. I don't think it was a lack of focus, just some things happen."


On the 1st quarter:
"It was scary. You know it was six to nothing, and they're always in striking distance. Six points didn't look very comfortable and it didn't last too long. "

On the victory:
"Out team is pretty tough minded, we've been through a lot. We fought back in two of the best comebacks that I've been involved in. Out team never thought we couldn't stop them, and that we couldn't move the ball. With the fumble that was rule a touchback in the end zone, that can be very disheartening. I don't think our players let that get to them. "

"I think it's a great win for the Beavers against a top 20 team. Our coaches had a great plan."

On OSU Defense:
"I don't know what they rushed for but it wasn't very much. The game hinged on two things: them running, and us running. We did better today."

OSU Offense in the Red Zone:
"I didn't like it. I'm glad Alexis kicked a field goal. We've been a first ranked Red Zone team for two years, and we're still not firing on all cylinders right now. We'll continue to work better at it. That could have played a big, big difference today. "

On Andy Darkins:
"He's the best outside linebacker in the Pac-10. He is passionate, smart, tough guy, and plays every game like that. He played a hundred and some defensive plays against Washington State, and played all day today. He played on special teams. He's a really, really good football player."

On Sam Paulescu:
"The punter was big. I don't know how many were inside the ten yard line. Sam is good. He bailed me out on that one timeout at fourth and one. I didn't like the look of it , so we decided to punt it. Then we made the first down. I thought it was too early to go for it "


Matt Moore, QB

On the game as a whole:
"We just kept our heads up. We never gave up and kept trying."

On the defense:
"Our defense kept us in the game. They did a great job, especially stopping Cal's run game."

On preparing for the game:
"With the bye week we focused on ourselves. The work showed in how we played."

On how the win feels:
"Just to win against a top 25 team is huge. Coming into the UCLA game next week is big, especially with it being another road game."

Kellen Marshall, CB

On the game as a whole:
"It is a big confidence booster."

On how it feels to win after last year's game versus Cal:
"It was big winning in their house after what they did last year in Oregon."

Andy Darkins, LB

On the defense:
"We felt the whole week that if we stop Cal's run game and make Ayoob throw it we could win."

On beating a ranked team:
"It's been five years since we beat a ranked team. This was without a doubt the biggest win of the season so far. We are going to roll with this."


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