COMMENTS FROM PETE CARROLL'S TUESDAY PRESS
CONFERENCE AT HERITAGE HALL
"We had a week that was unusual for us. Much can be said about that. Saturday night we closed the doors of the locker room, and we went back to our regular approach. You havae to focus on what's coming up. The way the game came across, it presents an unusually difficult challenge. We went about our business pointedly yesterday. Guys are ready to go after it."
"Arizona St. is a very tough team, and they're gonna give us a bunch of problems. I need to do a good job, and the coaches need to do a good job, and the players have their work cut out for them."
"Dennis has these guys jacked up. They've become a shotgun running team. And their front seven is really good, and they really take the run away from their opponents.""This is our last road game. It's been a difficult year on the road. It's important that we finish the road season with a win."
"We've never talked about the season in terms of championships, and ratings, and bowl championship series...it's not the way we approach things. Guys know that this Saturday is our one chance to win this week."
"We started preparing for this Oregon offense back in spring practice. We took our prepartion a step farther, and it left us in a dark alley. We made a mistake in the plan...the approach. It was a calculated approach that didn't work out."
"We've given up a lot of points the last few weeks. But it's for different reasons. Oregon was a scheme issue."
"Masoli is an unusual competitor. Stature wise he's small. He has a great sense for making plays. We missed him in the backfield a lot."
"You can't deny that last year we had 4th and 5th year guys playing. Scheme-wise this team couldn't handle what we went with against Oregon, and that's my fault."
"When we lost up there with Mark a couple of years ago, people said all the same things about us. We lost our second game at Oregon, and we found a way to re-group and get going in the right direction. We're trying to do that again."
"We got banged up a lot this week. There are a lot of guys on the list that we don't know if there gonna play or not on Saturday. Gallippo is questionable. Malcolm Smith is questionable, but better than we thought."
"I've observed this year, and now I've seen it clearly, the conference is loaded this year. We still have enormous challenges on the schedule. The defenses are featuring great pass rushers, and everybody's got a quarterback. Arizona's comin' up and Arizona St.'s comin' up and Stanford's comin' up. There's a real even feel about the conference. The level of play in the Pac 10 is so high right now. And there will still be more surprises. This conference can play with any conference in the country."
"This is unusual. When you lose, you lose. When they beat you, they beat you. The same mechanisms have to kick in. You can't do anything about what has already ocurred. You have to focus on what's right in front of you. I have to be like a sheep dog and keep everybody together and keeping the right way."
"I think these guys are pretty resilient. They're respectful. They felt the hit, and now they're ready to move ahead."