Stoops meets with media

Arizona head coach Mike Stoops met with the media on Monday and discussed the loss to Stanford among other things.

Arizona head coach Mike Stoops met with the media on Monday and discussed the loss to Stanford among other things.

Stoops credited Stanford for taking the UA out of its game plan but also said that the team just did not play well on Saturday.

"After final review of Saturday's game it is a lot like we thought," he stated. "We didn't do the things necessary to win. They controlled the line of scrimmage and that is always a concern and to be able to run the football as well as they did and control the clock has happened to us a couple times this year.

"Ultimately we just did not play well as a team and we did not complement each other very well through the course of that game and that is what we have done well. We played good offense, defense, special teams. We did not create any field position, any plays special teams wise.

Stoops believes the loss was a result of little mistakes rather than large ones. In fact, he believes that there were also positives to take away from the loss.

"Defensively the turnovers are what kept us in the game and that was a positive," he said. "Offensively we possessed the ball pretty well. It was a bunch of little things, nothing too glaring. I thought our kids played extremely hard throughout the course of that game and that was very pleasing for me. We competed well and just did not execute as well as they did throughout the course of the 60 minutes."

Stoops expressed disappointment in the overall offensive execution, specifically in the red zone.

"The first play we fumbled the ball and the guy catches it once and catches it again," he said. "It was seven points and we dropped the ball in my estimation of the play. The last play Willie probably should have stayed with the tight end and went to Mike Thomas and just got a bad read.

"I thought the same play was open with the tight end and he would have been open again. They had good leverage on Mike and the execution in a couple of areas just was not where it needed to be."

As for feeling bad about the loss, Stoops says that you have to learn to get over it as a player or coach.

"I think it is human nature to do that," he said. "You can do it until you are sick and you can't sleep and can't function and you just don't want to do it. You got to let it go good bad or indifferent. I think you always have to let a game go by and you may not feel as well but you have to move on and you can't let it bother you so much you can't concentrate."

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