Post-OSU Press Conference: Stanford Quotes

OSU managed to contain Toby!

A valiant effort in the second half wasn't enough to overcome a miserable opening-half melt-down as the Cardinal failed to execute and got down early, tossing the Gerhart-heavy game-plan out the window early in a frustrating 38-28 loss in Corvallis. The Bootleg's Andy Drukarev was on the scene at today's game and managed to suck it up and take in the post-game presser.

Post-OSU Game Press Conference: Stanford Quotes


Head Coach Jim Harbaugh:


On Chris Owusu's dropped pass and the team's passing game…


We would have been seven points closer but it just wasn't a good start for us. They put pretty good pressure on the quarterback and they do a great job on defense. They hold very well up front and their corners do a great job of holding and it gets called two or three times a game but they just do it play after play. They're very effective with that.


On the first half facemask call…


They called that a facemask but it didn't get close to his facemask. We have to get more pressure on the quarterback, though. We have to get some stops in some critical situations and we weren't able to do that tonight. They were very effective; they were very good at executing that, especially offensively.


On Jacquizz Rodgers


He was very effective getting around the perimeter, whether he was catching it out of the backfield or being able to jump two gaps to get outside, and that was breaking us down.


On the early deficit…


Oregon State's offense did a good job keeping up off of the field in the first and second half. Those drives weren't coming off of turnovers, they went 80-80-80-86 yards. They were long-possession drives.


QB Andrew Luck:


On the difference in the game…


They came ready to play and we had a horribly slow start. They made us pay for that slow start.


On penalties called against Stanford and the impact those calls had on the game…


Penalties are part of every game and we try not to get caught up in what the ref is calling or when the ref is calling it, so I don't think that played a huge part in it.


On the early deficit impacting Stanford's offensive play calling…


Obviously you feel like you have to catch up, but Toby can get the ball in other ways than handoffs. I don't think it changed too much, but they definitely made us pay for the slow start.


On not being able to find a rhythm early on…


I just wasn't getting in rhythm and wasn't getting in stride and delivering the ball. I'm a little disappointed by that… actually I'm very disappointed in that - it was a little tough.


On the reason behind his early game struggles…


I think it was more myself and just not calming down and relaxing. They did bring a lot of pressure, but I thought our O-line did a good job. It was a little bit of both I guess.


On when he was able to get into a rhythm throwing the ball…


I can't pinpoint a spot, I'm sorry. I don't know.


On his message for Chris Owusu after Owusu's big dropped pass...


There's a lot of ball left in this game and he's a big part of our team.


On the play of Jacquizz Rodgers…


I don't play defense but he's a very, very good running back. He's sort of from my area and I knew him in high school a little bit and it's cool to see him succeed - just not against us. He's a great running back and I wish him all the best.


FS Bo McNally:


On the play of Jacquizz Rodgers…


I mean he's a great back. He's one of, if not the best running back we'll face. He's a rare kind of guy - you don't see guys that small who can bring it like he can. He did a great job today especially in that first half we had a hard time tackling him and getting him down.


On what made it so difficult to stop Jacquizz even though the defense knew what was coming….


With a guy that's as talented as him it's kind of like with Toby in that you know what's coming, but nobody can stop it. I think I also said that with a guy like him you try to "contain" more than "stop". We knew he was going to make some plays and break some tackles. We were talking about gang-tackling, running to the ball and making sure he couldn't break any big ones all week and unfortunately he got a couple on us.


On OSU's wildcat formation…


We knew that they had done it, but it came as a bit of a surprise. We adjusted to it after the first time they did it after they got that big run and they didn't get much on it the rest of the day.


On the coaching staff's message to the team at halftime…


It was just to believe that we can do this. The game is not over. Halftime gives you a chance to regroup. I thought we came out and we played much better football in the second half and it is just frustrating because we know we should have played like that the whole game. We just came out flat for some reason.


On halftime adjustments…


No, actually [we didn't make any.] Not defensively. We just said everyone's there to make the plays, we just have to make the tackle and get the guy down. We did a better job of that in the second half but still not good enough.


On the play of the defense as a whole…


I think this was a case of our defense not playing the way we should have. That is mainly just not tackling the way we should have. We stressed it all week that the Rodgers brothers were not going to be easy to get down and that were going to have to get low, wrap up, and gang tackle. There were glimpses of that, but as a whole we didn't do that well enough.


On the Beavers fast start…


I think we were surprised by the way it went. They got on us pretty quick and you know, I guess we didn't react to it initially right way. When we got into halftime and had some time to regroup we came out and fixed a lot of things, but initially they kind of jumped on us and we weren't expecting it. I think every game so far we've been out of the gates first making play so I guess we didn't know how to react to it.


MLB Clinton Snyder:


On trying to catch Jacquizz Rodgers…


Obviously he's faster than I am and if we're giving him those big lanes and we're not getting off blocks as a defense… I said it earlier this week we have to play as a defense. We have to have everyone running to the ball and have everyone getting off blocks and fighting off blocks the whole game. In the first half we weren't really able to do that, myself included, and if you have someone that fast and you're not able to get off blocks then you're going to have a very hard time catching him, obviously.


On the similarities between this game and the Wake Forest loss defensively…


Yea, every time you play like that and give up a bunch of yards on defense it's going to be the same message. You have to come together on defense and stop people. It doesn't really matter what the reason is.


On the reason behind the team's first half defensive struggles…


I mean its just getting off blocks - being violent and getting off blocks.


On the team possibly being too timid…


No, not timid. We're trying to read a little too much into… we have to go attack people as opposed to trying to run around them.


On the first quarter penalties…


Yea, I mean penalties are always going to hurt you. We felt like we had them stopped a couple of times and they kept drives going with those penalties. You can never blame anything on penalties are part of the game, so we have to come back from those.


On his reaction to well the Oregon State was able to move the ball in the first half...


Yea, I thought we were going to be a bit sounder defensively. We gave them big running lanes and you can't give a guy like Jacquizz a running lane like that because he is just going to take as much as he can and run with it like he did.


On Oregon State's special teams play…


Yea, I mean, they did a good job on special teams. I wasn't really out there as much but they do a real good job on special teams. They take pride in it. We have to look at the film and come back and really look at ourselves and the type of effort we're putting in.


On the team being better at home than on the road…


I don't really have a reason for that.


RB Toby Gerhart:


On the Rodgers brothers…


Oh, they are good players. We knew going into the game they were good players and to be successful we would have to contain them. They had there way with us early. In the second half we did better, but it was just a tale of two halves. The first half we didn't come ready to play and the second half we picked it up a little bit.


On Oregon State's domination in the first half of play…


We didn't come out and execute. They are a pretty good team and we didn't do things right in the first half and when you don't do things right at this level things can get away from you. We are just excited to get back to work and fix the things we did and get right back on pace where we were.


On the loss being a step backwards…


I think we just hurt ourselves. I don't know if it s a step backwards, we didn't execute. All year long, at times the offense gets stopped, at times the defense gives up big plays. It is things we did wrong and we just need to fix those things, if it's penalties, alignment things, or missed tackles. Once we fix those, we're going to be a real good team.


On Oregon State's defense preventing long rushing plays…


They made their plays… I don't know, they tackled. We had a couple gains of 16, 19 yards where it was one guy away from breaking it big. Like you said, when they jump on us early, we can't stick to what we do, which is run the ball. When we get away from that,  then my day kind of goes down and I have to start doing other things like protect Luck, get some passes, and help the team out in that way.


On the team being down early and going away from the power running game…


You hope they'll still come back to you. Teams start expecting us to throw and we still get a run or two in there and maybe gash them for 20 or 30 and go back to the pass, maybe mix it up. It is a team game and that is the way things went and my role was to protect and make plays on the receiving end.


On Jacquizz Rodgers…


He is a good runner. He made a couple of nice stop-and-reverse-the-field plays. He ran well. He had some nice holes to run through. When he gets the ball in his hands he can make things happen and he did. He had a good game and my hat is off to him.


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