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Post-Game Quotes
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/05/2005

Nov. 5, 2005

Recap |  Final Stats

California Coach Jeff Tedford
On the last drive in regulation
We tried to reverse field and got caught for minus yards...I thought Tom (Schneider, Place Kicker) gave it a great effort."

On Oregon's Duel QBs
Each one made plays at times...it comes down to turnovers and making plays plain and simple. They made more plays than we did."

On California's dropped balls
"We couldn't fire on all cylinders and compete in the passing game. It's unlike us to drop that many balls."

"It's very hard to run against those guys, they're pretty stout, so we have to make plays in the passing game and we didn't make enough of them...Those are down the field balls we're dropping, they aren't hitches we dropping...they're game-changing plays."

On the winning on the road
"It's about making plays against a top-20 team in their home...we've got to make those types of plays...Oregon is a good football team with lots of talent and it's a great place to play...I congratulate them...."

The open receiver on fourth and eight in overtime, which was overthrown
"They (Oregon) must have been confused, he was that wide open...he might made it to the end zone on that one..."

#15 Tom Schneinder-PK
On the last field goal:
"I sprinted out there as fast as I could, got it up and it started down the middle and then faded slowly. It was heart breaking and kind of disappointing."

"It all went by really fast, distance wasn't an issue, and then it was on to overtime."

Attitude of the team:
"Any loss is disappointing, especially a close one like this. But what's special about this team is the resiliency we have and being able to bounce back. We have two big games coming up to get ready for."

#1 DeSean Jackson-WR:
"The rain made it hard to get a grip on the ball. Playing in the rain just made me focus on the ball a lot harder."

"There definitely weren't any big plays in the passing game, party due to the weather."

"We played a good game; we just didn't make enough plays. We have USC coming up and it gives us a chance to out there and make some big plays."

"We had trouble with the Duck offense, and we just let it slip away."

"USC is a great team, number one in the nation. Everyone needs to come out with high intensity and hopefully we'll get a win."

#22 Tim Mixon- CB
"It was really disappointing to lose in overtime but we played hard. Just because we lost this one doesn't mean we won't come to play next week."

"They're a good team and all I can do it congratulate them."

Oregon Player Quotes
CB Justin Phinisee
"Every decision the coaches made was key. I give a lot of credit to Coach Aliotti. He had a nice plan against a great offense."

On overtime:
"It was a little bit of faith. I knew we were going to get in and our defense was ready."

QB Brady Leaf
"It was a rush. It was fun. That's the first time I've been in an overtime game and I got the call."

On the overtime touchdown pass:
"I dropped back and James [Finley] came open. It was my first touchdown pass and his first touchdown catch."

"It was Coach Crowton trying to get us both into the situation. They told me to be ready. They said I might get a series or more."

FS J.D. Nelson
"I can't say I've been in a game like this before. I've never been in overtime. It's a great feeling."

"They're a great running team so obviously we wanted to put more guys in the box. I thought we played well today."

TB Terrence Whitehead
"It was exciting. We just kept fighting. Everybody came together for the win."

"Dennis [Dixon] and Brady [Leaf] knew they were going to be playing. They studied film. They were confident and ready to go."

DT Haloti Ngata
On the defense:
"We put it upon ourselves to make plays and shut down the offense."

"It feels really good. It seems more fun every week. We enjoy being together. We know that whomever the quarterback is, we'll get the job done. We trust each other.


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