Pat Hill Quotes from Monday's Press Conference
Sept. 12, 2000
Reflections on the UCLA game
"There were a lot of positives. Our kicking game was a lot better from the Ohio State game to the UCLA game. We covered a lot better. We protected our punter better. All of our cover teams, especially our kickoff coverage, was a lot better."
"On defense, we stopped UCLA 15 out of 20 on third and fourth down situation, and three of those came on penalties...One of the big things we wanted to correct on defense was to be better on 3rd-and-7 or more. I think the exact stat on it was they were 3rd-and-7 or more eight times, and we stopped them seven times."
"As far as their running game, I thought we did a good job of stopping DeShawn Foster. He had the one 50-yarder on us. But other than that, I think the final stat was we held their running game to 2.8 per carry. So I think we did a very good job in that area. But we need to do a better job against the no-huddle. We need to work on that a little bit. But overall, defensively, I thought we played a good game."
"That was as good a defensive effort I've seen since we've come here. That and the Air Force game in 1997. I thought our defense played very well."
"Offensively, we had a hard time getting the run going. We're going to keep running the football, because I think that's important. Paris Gaines got a few more reps this week than against Ohio State. Hopefully, with these two weeks, we'll have him back to 100 percent by the time we hit Cal. Hopefully, Derrick Ward will be over his ankle and knee injuries, which I don't think our major injuries. We need those two players at full strength."
"UCLA defensively is a very good team. It's going to be tough sledding against teams of that caliber. But you've got to run the football, and we need to get better at that. I thought we did a lot better job with our protection this week. David [Carr] had a lot more time to get the ball downfield, especially in the fourth quarter. I thought our protection was excellent when we really needed to have good protection."
"I think once again, as a team, the conditioning showed up. I've always thought this team is a well, well conditioned football team. Our program stresses conditioning, and I think once again it showed up in the fourth quarter. It really showed up defensively the entire game. They had the ball 38 minutes of the game."
"I told our team afterward that 21 months ago, we had just finished a 5-6 season. And UCLA and Ohio State were going into the end of the season ranked No. 1 and 2 in the nation. Through all of it there has been a lot of improvement in 21 months. It just doesn't show right now in the wins and losses. But I think this football team and this football program is getting better."
What improved offensively from the Ohio State game to the UCLA game
On the game Jeremy Johnson had
On the no-huddle offense
On playing California
"Ohio State and UCLA are good defensive teams. We've played two very good defensive teams, and Cal will be a third. They led the Pac-10 in defense last year...They are similar to us. They play very hard on defense."