Senior FB Jonathan Amosa
Main goal and focus for rushing game"The main goal for us was to get back to what we know and the way we know how to play. Stanford had a lot of respect for our team, we just had to get down and play our brand of football. Getting back to what we do best was the key to our rushing success tonight."
Specific keys to rushing and protecting"Tightening up our roles and our brand of football, how we block, how we fit a run, size up defenders, and how we protect Keith were the biggest things. We have to get on that horse again and keep fighting like coach Sark has been preaching the last two weeks."
Feelings on beating Stanford at home"I'm a senior, this is my last year and I have never beaten Stanford until now. Words can't explain it. For all the guys who left and all the guys that are here now, you can only imagine how it feels to take down a #10 team in all black on ESPN with all the fans rushing the field, it does not get any better than that."
Sophomore LB John Timu
How does it feel to start off the season 1-0 against Stanford?"Being 1-0 (in the Pac-12) feels great right now. I mean I can't even describe it. The way the crowd overwhelmed us was insane."
What did you think of the crowd and the blackout?"It was amazing as always. They are our 12th man on the field. They did a lot for us during the game that definitely helped us get the win."
What did you focus on in practice to stop Stanford's offense?"It was something we focused on for about a week and a half. We knew that we had to come out with toughness and outplay them physically. We put a couple of extra guys in the box, but it really didn't matter who was in. Each guy we put in just had to play tougher than their players."
What did coach say to the team at halftime"Keep bringing it. He said we were doing a great job in the first half, and he just wanted us to keep bringing it. We came out tough and kept playing ball. That is how you win games in the second half. You just have to play tougher."
Junior Safety Sean Parker
How does it feel to start off the season 1-0 against Stanford?"It feels good. They are a good team, but for us to come out and play this way just feels so good. It helps the team and brings up our morale for the next game."
What did you think of the crowd and the blackout?"The crowd brought great energy. We feed off of that energy, and they were great tonight. They helped us a ton on third down, and that helped us in a huge way tonight. That is a main reason why we won the game."
What did you focus on in practice to stop Stanford's offense?"As long as everybody did their job, we knew that we would compete. We have the athletes to make plays, and if we are in the right place, then we can make those plays."
What did coach say to the team at halftime?"We didn't have too many adjustments. We just wanted to keep our heads in it and keep playing hard in the second half."