Oct. 5, 1999
BERKELEY - Comments head football coach Tom Holmoe from his weekly media luncheon. Cal visits BYU Saturday, Oct. 9. The game starts at 4 p.m. PT and will be televised live regionally on ABC.
On the loss at Washington State:
"Obviously, it was a very disappointing game. As we look through the film, we made mistakes and really weren't able to do some of the things that we thought we could going into the game. It's interesting how the game played itself out - the first drive of the game was a nice drive and on defense we really had them not moving the ball at all. When we didn't score, it took the punch out of the offense. That is a team (WSU) that has a couple of players that were on the Rose Bowl team and they've got pride. When they are in a game and you let them hang in there, they are still going to fight and play hard. We got behind the eight ball early and just didn't have enough punch to come and fight back."
Looking ahead to this week vs. BYU:
"The guys are ready to move on, and we've learned from that (WSU) game. Now we get to go and play a very difficult road game against BYU. They are a very good team. They'll give us a lot of trouble because on offense they are very good - second in the country in passing right now. They have a whole arsenal of wide receivers, backs, and tight ends that they throw to, spreading out the field, and good enough backs to keep you honest and keep you from playing just the pass. Their secondary has had some troubles and hopefully that will give us an opportunity to move the ball and score some points."
On Cal's special teams:
"Our special teams are definitely going to have to come back this week and play a very good game. We played poorly, not just on the two big plays (a blocked punt and a fumbled kickoff), but we just didn't make the kind of plays that we made in the first couple of games, and that was a let down. Going into Washington State, we needed that effort from our special teams, and we didn't get it. That was another disappointing factor."
On BYU head coach LaVell Edwards:
"Coach Edwards is a good friend of mine. He's probably the main reason I went to BYU (Holmoe played at BYU from 1979-82). Through the recruiting process, I just realized he was the guy I could trust and I thought he was in charge of that program and I felt very comfortable about that atmosphere. He didn't let me down in that regard. He's a great man. I've played for him, I coached for him for two years, and we've become peers now, I guess you could say, as head coaches in college football, but it goes beyond that. He's a terrific individual."