Nov. 13, 2004
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Oregon State at Stanford
November 13, 2004
Stanford Head Coach Buddy Teevens:
On the game:
"We played very poorly in the first half offensively. Nothing worked for us. Defensively, we did a decent job. I challenged the guys at the half and offensively, we made drastic adjustments. We played better in the second half, and guys competed. I point to the seniors and the way that they responded. We made it a ball game and unfortunately we came up short in the end. "
On the play of quarterback T.C. Ostrander:
"I thought he played well for a young guy. He protected the ball pretty well and only had one turnover at the end. He made some good decisions and there were definitely things that he can learn from. He was a competitor and didn't shy away from anything despite taking a couple of whacks. He made some very fine throws and gave us a chance to win the game."
On problems running the ball:
"Oregon State defended the run very well. We tried it a number of times in the first half without success. The yardage was not sufficient, so we kind of abandoned it in the second half and threw the ball more."
Flanker Evan Moore:
On the game:
"This was our seniors last game at Stanford Stadium and we wanted to send them away with something to be proud of. We fought in the second half and just weren't able to give them that win."
Quarterback T.C. Ostrander:
On the game:
"It was an up and down first half. We didn't do things offensively that we needed to do and put ourselves in a hole. I was disappointed in my play because I feel that the guys were there and I didn't make the throws we needed."
On starting the game:
"Coach Teevens told me that I was going to start on Wednesday, but that didn't change anything preparation wise. We're all prepared to play every week, and I was prepared today. They threw a couple of different things at us, but the loss wasn't because of a lack of preparation."
On second half:
"In the second half we made some adjustments. I got back there and started slinging it down field. That opened some things up for us. We noticed what they were doing defensively and tried to take advantage of that. All of the receivers stepped up in the second half and made plays for us."
Oregon State Quotes
Head Coach Mike Riley: It was hard to watch (Stanford's comeback). It didn't surprise me that it was going to be like that because they were just hanging around. We came out in the second half and did nothing for a long time. I'll give them (Stanford) credit - that's how they've played all year. Their team fights hard. They are a much improved team.
I was really proud of our football team. We had good production in the first half and our defense came up time and time again with big stops and major plays. I was very excited about how we played defense really all day long. I thought our punter was terrific. I thought our kicker stepped up at the end and made a huge kick. I thought we had a great drive at the end of the fourth quarter to basically win the game. There was just a lot of good stuff for our football team. They played hard. There was a lot of good football. I'm really proud of how we won it.
Derek (Anderson) had some tight windows and hard stuff. On the very first play of the game, we thought we had it in there. We thought we'd put the ball in there and he threw the ball right over his head and (Stanford's) guy dropped a little further than we thought and made a great play. We obviously have to make some better choices but then he did make some great throws.
(On getting into a bowl game) Already being in one would be the perfect setup. For everybody concerned (with the Civil War game against Oregon) it's awesome. Everything is out there. Everything is set. It's all right there. We're playing the Ducks and we have a chance to go to a bowl game.
I think it's great. We keep battling for respectability and identity (for our team). We took a step forward today.
Eric Williams: We're always ready. We're always on our toes in the red zone. We always have to be ready as a defensive unit. They just took a lot of shots at us but we came out on top.
We play good with our backs to the wall, especially when we get close to the red zone. We didn't let them in. You have to play that much harder when they get inside the 20.
He (Ostrander) made some good throws. I was studying (Edwards) all week. (Ostrander) made some good throws though.
One more game and then we can talk about a bowl game. Right now, it's that Civil War and that's going to be a big game. It would be even if it wasn't for a bowl game. We'll play our hearts out.
Mike Hass: One of us is going to go to a bowl game. It comes down to the Civil War and we wouldn't want it any other way. It should be fun. They (Oregon) lost tonight. I would be ready to play tomorrow.
He (Anthony Wheat-Brown) came up with a lot of catches in key situations. That was really big. It was a way to control the ball.
They (Stanford) have that 3-4 defense. It makes the holes (passing lanes) a little bit smaller. We found a way to get it done.