Khalfani Muhammad rushed a career-high 14 times for 63 yards.

Cal-UCLA Postgame Quotes

Cal-UCLA Postgame Quotes
By Cal Athletics on Sun, October 13, 2013

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California head coach Sonny Dykes

on Brett Hundley

“He’s a good player. When we got pressure, he did a good job of eluding that pressure and keeping the plays alive. He’s a good quarterback and a mobile guy. He does a good job of extending plays and I thought we pressured him pretty well, but unfortunately he broke a tackle or broke containment and when he did that he made plays down the field. He’s a good player with a good group of receivers and we have to do a better job of containing him. He completed a high percentage of his throws as well and we didn’t tackle well enough in the open field when he did make those throws.”

on running back Khalfani Muhammad

“I thought he ran the ball well. He ran hard and we finally got a little bit of production out of the run game. At times it was a little bit spotty and we did a horrible job on third down. Third down was an issue that we were not good on at all tonight. We also had too many penalties. When we got something good going we would look up and be in first and 20 again. When you have a pass rush like UCLA’s you have to avoid being in long-yard situations. We had far too many of those tonight.”

on the team’s tackling

“I thought we started to tackle better later in the game but it’s been a problem for us all year. It’s something that we haven’t been good at. We just didn’t do a very good job of making those open field tackles, particularly early in the game. I thought defensively we played well enough at times to give us a chance to win. There’s obviously a lot of ways for us to get better, but I thought defensively those guys improved.”

on California’s youth and inexperience

“We’re learning. That’s the thing. We’re a team that hasn’t put a solid football game together all year. As I said earlier, I thought defensively we played well enough to have a chance to win the ballgame, but offensively we just struggled to execute basic plays. UCLA runs well defensively. That’s their strength. They can run and are playing with a tremendous amount of confidence. They tackle well in the open field and they’ve got a good defensive football team.”


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