Sept. 6, 2009
Final Stats |
"What you saw today was a really good football team, an experienced football team playing against a bunch of young guys. They were in the fray for the first time. I thought we played hard all the way, we just made way too many mistakes; penalties killed us. There were some missed assignments on both sides of the ball. We got beat by a good team, but we could have played better. Hopefully we will learn from this and get better next week."
On Maryland's youth:
"These guys are learning on the run. It is what it is; we have got to make it as best as we can. I told them in the locker room we have got to look at this game and learn from it; see where we made our mistakes, look at it constructively. The positive thing is that (Nick) Ferrara came in and did a good job for his first time. We just can't give up that many big plays on defense."
On Cal's team:
"We played a good football team, they have great team speed, (Jahvid) Best is the real thing and (Shane) Vereen is good too. I was really impressed with their offensive line, they really came off the ball and blocked us upfront, they handled our pressure really well."
On Maryland players having `wide eyes':
"I saw it a little bit. The coaches thought we had a good warm-up. I just saw it in them, before the game. It wasn't everybody but it was some of the young guys. And when they got in there, all of a sudden the bullets are flying; welcome to major college football. But they will be better for it next time. I don't like getting beat 52-13, but what am I going to do. I have a young team. I have got to hang with them. I have got to encourage them to get better. I am going to be there as long as they keep giving the effort. It will be interesting to see how we react from this loss."
On Cal handling Maryland's new defense:
"Cal did a good job picking them up we blew some things which I was concerned about us doing. Cal is very well coached and has an experienced quarterback (Kevin Riley). They are a very physical team, much more than the team we played last year."
On the penalties:
"The thing that frustrates me on that is that we had four scrimmages with officials. The first scrimmage we had a few (penalties), but after that we were pretty good. I kept asking the officials to call it as tight as anything, but tonight we couldn't recover against a good team. That (reducing penalties) was one of the things we emphasized before the game. They took away a touchdown because we lined up wrong, that was a big touchdown in the game."
On missed assignments:
"A lot of our defense is based on getting pressure, and we had a couple times when guys didn't go when they were supposed to. Why they didn't go, I don't know. To be honest, I expected it to happen with some of the young guys, but it was the older guys. That can't happen."
Senior Defensive Lineman Travis Ivey
On positives to be taken from the game:
"It was a learning experience, especially for a lot of the younger guys. I think that one thing we can definitely take away from this is that we played the second half of the game a lot better than the first. It will be great if we can carry that over. Some guys got their feet wet tonight, so there can be no excuses for inexperience anymore."
On Maryland's young players on the O-line:
"Honestly, Cal has one of best defensive fronts we'll see all year, so it was a good test for our O-line. We're not trying to make excuses, but we have to make corrections. It was probably good for our O-line to go up against that and see what they'll be facing all year in a worst-case scenario."
On penalties and turnovers:
"Playing on the road, it was loud at times, and that might have been a factor. I think we had some young players who aren't used to it yet. If we can get those things corrected and eliminate the penalties and turnovers we should be in pretty good shape. Looking up and down the locker room, no one is that down. We know we lost, we know we should have played better, and we're disappointed in our performance. But it is a long season. We have 12 or 13 games ahead of us."
On the early mistakes:
"There was a long run, and then the fumble. It's on us. If we had eliminated that we would have still been in the game."