Nov. 15, 1997
Arizona -Cal Post-Game Quotes
"But we have the 100th playing of the Big Game coming up. Our focus has to be the Big Game. We have to let go of this right away.
On not going for two:
On the dropped pass that would have been a touchdown: "It looked like he just dropped it. It really was an opportunity that slipped through our hands. We had a great drive at the end to win. It is too bad that we couldn't come up with it.
"It is ironic that a game between these two teams would end this way."
ARIZONA PLAYER QUOTES
"This has to be one of the hardest games I've ever been through, kicking-wise. I missed two that should've been automatic."
QB KEITH SMITH
RB TRUNG CANIDATE
On his return from injury: "It felt good to be back. I just thank my mom and the trainers for helping me get back to where I needed to be. I just wanted to get out there and do the job, and I did."
ARIZONA HEAD COACH DICK TOMEY
"It was a great effort by everyone. Keith (Smith) came in and gave us some energy. Anthony Thomas did a fabulous job. There were a lot of heroes out there."
"He (Mike McDonald) made the toughest field goal under the most pressure. It's the second one he's made like that."
"I gave the game ball to snapper Nate Campbell. He has had 15 perfect snaps."
"I just love the way O.J. (Ortege Jenkins) and Brady (Batten) supported Keith (Smith) on the sideline throughout the game."
"The defense was dessimated, and they struggled, but they held on in the end zone. It was fabulous."
On ASU: "They're a heck of a team. It's going to take our very best, but we're going to savor this for a while before we start worrying about ASU."