Dec. 30, 2004
Cal Head Coach Jeff Tedford:
"The players who were not available to play tonight are great players. They are All-Americans. It is not an excuse, but it is a great learning tool for our younger guys.
"It was a one-sided game. I thought maybe in the first half we could have stuck with the run a little bit more. I felt like we could get the ball down the field, but we just didn't make plays. J.J. (Arrington) had another great game. I thought we had some crucial penalties that really proved to be costly, especially at the end of the game.You have to give Texas Tech a lot of credit. They have a great QB and their receivers made plays. They were very explosive on offense."
"This is not something that is going to set our program back. We didn't lose the game tonight because we didn't go to the Rose Bowl. This loss had nothing to do with preparation of focus. It had nothing to do with that, I want to make that clear. We have a lot of great players coming back and we are losing a lot of good players. This game will not hurt our program, it will only fuel the fire for your younger guys."
Cal QB Aaron Rodgers:
"This is a frustrating loss, but we just didn't execute and make plays. We came up a little short. I thought we handled the pressure pretty good, I just wasn't at my best today. Every loss is tough, but I don't think this puts a damper on things. A lot of good things happened this year that hasn't happened at Cal in a while and I hope our fans stick with us. We'll come back next season on a mission."
Cal TB J.J. Arrington:
"It's been great this year. I had great competition every day with my teammates. We have a great coaching staff that puts me in positions to make plays and the offensive line did a great job."
"I haven't even looked at my stats. I just come out and run and keep focused. Any time it's your last game you want to come out and win. It hasn't really hit me yet that this was my last game. I will wear my jersey around the house and remember this game."
Cal FS Ryan Gutierrez
"They caught the ball when they needed to. Unfortunately, we were unable to stop them. Sometimes we didn't tackle when we should have. It was the big play, the deep ball. I'll give credit where credit is due. Today the better team won. They came at us with exactly what we thought they would. We just haven't faced a team that throws 60-some-odd times a game. We just didn't make the plays."
Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach:
"I thought the biggest thing is that we played well together. We were synchronized. We executed well and I was real happy with that. Everybody played well together on all three sides of the ball, coaches, players, everyone.This leaves you with some really good memories and ignites the team and gives you something to shoot for and improve on during the offseason."
I think you just need to execute the best you can. Be sharp. Whatever you run on offense, whatever you run on defense, you feel like it's pretty good. It's what you're best at so that ought to be what you do. Then you just try and throw your best pitch.
Texas Tech QB Sunny Cumbie
"During all our bowl preparation, the coaches did a great job of motivating us. The only thing we worried about was the Texas Tech Red Raiders. We worried about our team. We executed our game plan well. It was nothing different than what we had practiced. Everyone played well on the offensive side of the ball and the defensive side of the ball. We came out with a high tempo. As long as we play hard, it doesn't matter what the other team does.
Texas Tech FS Vincent Meeks
(on not returning INT for a touchdown) "My teammates say it's because I've gained weight. I have gained weight. I should have taken it to the house. It's just me and my extra weight."