Cal-UCLA Postgame Quotes
Oct. 17, 2004
California head coach Jeff Tedford
"Last week's game stunned us and stayed with us for a long time. Early in the week, I was a little concerned about it. But I addressed the team on Wednesday and they came out focused Thursday for practice. I thought they played well today."
On Cal's Offense
"J.J. (Arrington) ran hard. Our offensive line did a great job; they were stacking some guys in there. They did a very nice job of blocking and protecting Aaron (Rodgers). Geoff (McArthur) had a great game too. It was great to see Geoff back in form."
"Our (offensive) line has been playing well. Coach (Jim) Michalczik has done a great job with them, and they were focused to come in here today and be physical up front. They did a really nice job."
On the Crowd
"It's great to see that type of crowd. I'm very pleased to see the turnout. I'm hoping we continue to get better and better with the crowd noise and really make it (Memorial Stadium) a hostile place to play. "
Ryan Gutierrez, SAFETY
On the victory
"It feels good to bounce back like this, especially after (the USC game) and what happened against UCLA last year. The defense played tough. We gave up a couple big plays, but apparently they weren't big enough."
On Cal's defensive game plan
"We had 11 guys we wanted to key on and (Drew) was one of them. Felt we did a great job of containing him."
Garrett Cross, TIGHT END
On his touchdown catch
"It was just a basic read where if I see the middle of the field open, I take it. Aaron put a nice, tight spiral on the ball. You couldn't ask for a better pass."
On quarterback Aaron Rodgers
"He does this week in and week out. He's no fluke."
On coming off of last week's loss to No. 1 USC
"It's tough to get that loss, but you can't have a letdown. Today was a great opportunity to play UCLA and get some revenge."
On today's crowd
"They were great. Hearing all that noise was awesome. It kind of felt like (the USC game). When you see the stands packed at Memorial Stadium, it's something you haven't seen in a long time."
J.J. Arrington, RUNNING BACK
On today's victory
"We had high expectations for today and everything worked out. We want to take this to a bowl game. I always smell those roses. No, we'll take it week-by-week still."
On five straight 100-yard rushing games
"I didn't know until last week (that Arrington was approaching the mark). I just try to run every week and make something happen."
On Cal's offense
"I love when they put the ball in my hands. Aaron's a great quarterback and we have great receivers and good backs, so you really can't key on any one thing."
On rebounding from the USC loss
"We played a great game last week and just came up short. You can't change the past, but you can change the future."
UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell
"It's a disappointing loss. We lost to a good football team. They made more plays. Our offense took awhile to get going. Our defense got going pretty early. But that's a good football team. They took advantage of some mistakes."
"There's a lot to build on from this game. We'll keep moving forward. We have a lot to build from as a staff and as players."
"This was a learning experience for us. We're a young team. It was good for us. But you have to have balance. We weren't able to make plays like we're accustomed to. Our defense made more plays than our offense did. That's not what you want. You have to take advantage of the chances you get."
"We lost continuity. When you're playing against a good team like this, you can't make mistakes. They did a better job than we did."
On Cal's defense of the UCLA running game
"They did a good job of tackling. We couldn't maintain consistency in our running game."
On Cal's offense
"(J.J.) Arrington's a very good back. So is the young kid (Marshawn) Lynch. And their quarterback (Aaron Rodgers) is very solid. Their offense is solid. It makes you defend many different things."
DREW OLSON, QB
On UCLA's game plan
"We wanted to try and get the run game established. To beat these guys, you have to possess the ball for quite a bit of time because all they do is eat up the clock on offense. The mindset going in was to try and get the running game going. We couldn't get it going, and when that happens, you have nothing else to resort to."
On UCLA's play in the second quarter
"I think we got some more plays. I think we started to go downfield more. The throwing game opened up some runs here and there. We made enough plays to score points. I just think we didn't capitalize down in the red zone. I'm really disappointed in that. Taking advantage of our field position and our opportunities in the red zone - that's something we've been really good at all year. Offensively, we didn't play good down there today."
On the loss
"It's probably the hardest loss we've ever felt. To come in and have a chance, we were there with them, and to end up losing by 17, it's just disappointing."
MAURICE DREW, RB
On what the Bruins need to work on
"We gotta work on everything right now. The passing game did a great job today. Our running game's gonna have to pick up because we know we're gonna face more nine-man boxes. We gotta keep doing what we have to do and just try to find a way to win."
On how close UCLA is to beating a top 10 team
"We're real close. There were a lot of times when we were in the red zone and just couldn't pull it out. There are things like that where we needed to find a way to get there. But we're on our way. We're just gonna keep working at it and try to keep going."
JARRAD PAGE, SAFETY
On competing with Cal
"There's so much disappointment because we went out on the field and saw that we can play with them. I don't think they're a better team than us. I feel we match up very well. I feel like we just needed a couple of plays that we didn't make today."