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Release: 10/27/2013
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OREGON STATE QUOTES

 

Stanford 20, Oregon State 12

October 26, 2013

Reser Stadium

Corvallis, Ore.

 

Head Coach Mike Riley

 

On the tough loss to Stanford…

“This is a really tough loss, and it will be even tougher for our team and our coaches tomorrow watching the film. What everybody will realize is that, after you watch it more and more, there were a ton of missed opportunities where we could have put some more points on the board. That’s football; that’s the other team earning what they got and same for us. I’m just thankful for our team; I just love how they fought. It was really hard tonight, a very physical football game and our guys never quit. We gave ourselves a chance to make a run to win it at the end.”

On OSU’s defense…

“This was really, really good football. When you think about it, we gave up a fumble in the opening kick-off of the second half, giving them one of their touchdowns. Defensively, I thought Mark, Banker, and the rest of the defensive staff had a great plan. The kids played hard, they played to perfection. We give up one long pass before the end of the first half and we give up that fumble at the beginning of the second half, those are 14 of the points that probably happened within a three-minute span of the playing time of the game. That’s actually one of the most important times in the game to gain momentum: the end of the half and beginning of the next half. Those two plays were really crucial plays in the game.”

On Stanford’s defense…

“That’s a very good defense. Very good athletes and they’re old; they’ve been playing a long time. That’s a senior group that’s been a good unit for a long time. You have got to be spot on against them and that’s why we had more negative plays than we’ve had all year and had a hard time sometimes with protection. That’s why they’re a good football team. They’re a balanced physical football team, they have a common denominator of every good football team, which is defense, and then they have a physical running game. I thought that except for just really one ball, pass-defense wise, play-action wise… I thought it was absolutely a really, really good night.

On Sean Mannion’s record-breaking performance…

“That was kind of the story of the game. They [Stanford] played very soundly also, not giving up big passes. They played very aggressive up front, kind of conservatively in the secondary with depth of everybody; depth of linebackers, depth of safeties. They weren’t going to give up big plays, made us throw underneath; that’s why we didn’t get the big yardage. That’s why Brandin didn’t get a lot of big yardage. What you need in order to get past those guys that are playing deeper is more time, and what they don’t allow you is very much time. The combination is hard. But I thought Sean battled in there and made a lot of plays right down to the end. I think that we had a few shots there in the end zone to get an opportunity to go for two and tie it up. They were bang, bang plays.”

 

 

 

Wide Receiver Brandin Cooks

 

On the game today…

“The defense played a great game today, the offense kept shooting ourselves in the foot though. With a great opponent like we played today, you can’t shoot yourself in the foot that much. We just needed to step up.”

On the strategy late at the 7 yard line on the final posession…

“The goal was to score and that was it. That was all we could hope for and all we were trying to do.”

On if he wanted the ball to end the game…

“No, it’s about the team and getting a win. I was fine with the coach’s decision there. I was happy with the coaches’ calls late in the game.”

 

 

Quarterback Sean Mannion

On going for it on multiple fourth downs...

"That's the kind of thing where it's coach Riley's decision and when he makes that call, it's on us too to convert. There's nothing else to it, you've got to find a way to convert on those, especially when you have four tries to move the chains. We have to be a team that can get it done."

On struggles against Stanford's defense...

"First of all, Stanford has a great team, especially on defense. Their physical, tough and they play hard. That being said, I think we left a few plays on the field. I know I'm upset about a few plays myself. It's something we will just have to learn from and come Sunday and Monday we will be a better team.”

On Stanford's pass rush...

"I think there were a few times where I needed to get the ball out faster, that's for sure. I think it's just the kind of thing where we need to be better at beating pressure. As the game went on they turned up the heat on us and I think we will be able to respond next week."

On team shooting itself in the foot...

"I wouldn't say we shot ourselves in the foot. Stanford is a great team and it was a total battle the whole way. I think by saying that, it takes away from Stanford and they definitely earned this win. As a team we need to do more to eliminate some of the mistakes, but it would be a little drastic to say we shot ourselves in the foot. I think we played a lot of good football. We put ourselves in a position to score and tie the game on a two-point conversion there late. I think we just left a few plays out there that might have been the difference."

 

Cornerback Rashaad Reynolds

 

On how to respond from leaving plays out on the field...

"We just need to focus as a team. We can't let this dictate the future. This hurts; you don't ever want to lose a game. On the flip side of that, Stanford is a great team, like Sean (Mannion) said, we left some plays out there but at the same time played good football. We just need to learn from the things we did well and the things that we did bad."

On giving Stanford too many opportunities...

"You can't give them chances like that. Against a good team you have to play mistake free. I think on both sides (of the ball) we didn't do that and I think it showed. At the same time, we did a lot of things well out there. We just have to move on from this, learn from it and get ready for USC."

On what defense learned from tonight's game...

"We learned a lot. We learned that we are a resilient bunch. There were times in this game that we could have given up but we just kept fighting and fighting. I'm sure when we got that fumble a lot of people had counted us out. We didn't, we believed. It's something we can hang our hats on and move forward."

On physicality of game...

"I've been around this program for a while and every year Stanford comes with a hard-nosed team. When you play with them you have make sure you put your dukes up. Those guys play hard every down and they did that tonight. We were up for the challenge we just left some plays out there and Stanford is a great team, so you can't do things like that."

On rallying the troops after the loss...

"It wasn't just myself, Brandin (Cooks) talked and so did (Ryan) Murphy. We told each other that we could go two ways, just like we did at the beginning of the season. We can either lay down and rollover to next week or we can learn from it and push forward. I think with the team, veteran group and leadership we have I think we will be alright. You can't dwell on it too much. Watching the film tomorrow is going to hurt but after that we've got to move on to the next game."

 

STANFORD QUOTES

 

Stanford 20, Oregon State 12

October 26, 2013

Reser Stadium

Corvallis, Ore.

Head Coach David Shaw

Opening Comment…

“The bottom line is that we knew going in that this is a tough place to play. It always has been. Offensively, we didn’t play well enough. I thought Tyler Gaffney played one heck of a football game, outside of the fumble. The fumble almost cost us. But up front I thought our guys blocked well. We missed too many things in the passing game -- our quarterback, receiver and coach -- we can do so much better. Ty Montgomery needs more opportunities with the ball in his hands. Defensively, I thought we played extremely well against the No. 1 quarterback and No. 1 receiver in the nation. It was a great game plan by Coach Mason; an outstanding game plan. We executed very well. We knew they were going to make some plays, but to hold down (Brandin) Cooks was phenomenal. To get after the passer, to get some sacks and hurries on him, helped a ton. Offensively, we put our defense in some tough spots. But, for the most part, they bailed us out, especially there at the end. We had a chance to win the game on the field, and we had to take that opportunity. On 3rd-and-1 we have to get it. You can’t fumble with four minutes remaining.”

On how they were able to contain Brandin Cooks…

“Team defense. I’ll say it again, and I’m not just kissing up to him, that’s one of the most -- outside of when we played SC last year with Marquis Lee -- that’s the second-best receiving film I’ve seen since I’ve been here. Brandin Cooks is phenomenal. Defensively, we had a really good game plan. We tried to play him over the top. He caught some balls in front of us, and we said we would live with that. We deflected a couple of passes, we tried to make the quarterback hold the ball a couple of times and were able to sack him. It was a great team defensive effort, because you can’t just put one guy on him. He’s so fast and so explosive. We had a really good plan for him, and we kept him under wraps for the most part.”

On what Oregon State did on defense to surprise him and make things difficult…

“They were outstanding. I want to give them credit as mad as I am with our effort on the offensive side. Their pass rush was phenomenal. I know it was loud, and we’ve been to loud stadiums before, but they got after us on the pass rush. It wasn’t just (Scott) Crichton, and I’ve always respected that young man, but it was the whole group up front.”

On Stanford’s running game…

“It was very good. I thought we mixed it up. Some of it was up the middle and a lot of it was on the edges. We just keep them off balance and make it look we are going to run down the middle and then we run off tackle to the weak side, to the strong side, back inside. It was a great job of mixing it up.”

On how long he enjoys the win before looking ahead to the Oregon game…

“This is a big win. It’s a road win against a ranked team in conference. That’s big; that’s very big. I’m really proud of our secondary. I’m so proud of those guys, because they made it possible for us to get those sacks. They made the quarterback hold the ball. Coach Mason did a great job, and I’m proud of those guys. I’m already done thinking about Oregon State and the effort tonight, but it wasn’t good enough to beat Oregon or good enough to be in the game against Oregon. So, we have a bunch of stuff that we need to make sure we do in the next 12 to 14 days to play one of the best teams in the nation.”

 

Runningback Tyler Gaffney

 

On the team effort in the run game…

“We’re big on execution. If the offensive line opens up a hole I have to take advantage of it, and if not, I still have to do my part.”

On his fumble in the fourth quarter…

“I mean it was unacceptable. They put trust in me and I lost a little focus. I couldn’t tell what happened, but it was unacceptable.”

 

Linebacker Shayne Skov

On the younger guys contributing to the defense…

“We’ve said since the beginning of the season that we have to have guys out there that are ready to play. Going into the season we found ourselves having great depth and now it’s time for that to show. If your name gets called, it’s time for you to step up. Hopefully the guys that are banged up can get healthier for the next game, since we have the half-bye week. Whoever is ready to play is going to go out there.”

 

 

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