Sonny Dykes calls Senior Night win the fitting end to regular season

Cal head coach Sonny Dykes talks about Cal's Senior Night win over Arizona State, and how this was a bit of a reversal from Big Game ...

Cal Head Coach Sonny Dykes 

Opening Statement: 

“It was a fitting end to the season for the seniors. As I was walking up after the game I was thinking about what these guys have been through and I thought that this was a very fitting end to the season because what these guys had to do is that they had to have guts though all the things that they've been through and they had guts today and I think that showed. Guts is a hard thing to have and a lot of people don't have it and they showed that they had it tonight and I was really proud of them for hanging in there, believing and continuing to fight. It didn't look good at times but they just kept believing in each other and kept doing the right thing over and over. We tell them to do that all the time, to ignore the scoreboard and keep playing and expect something good to happen and that's what they did so credit to them and I'm really proud of them. Fun football game, it was really fun to watch and fun to be a part of.”

On quarterback Jared Goff's performance

“It was frustrating early because we didn’t sync and that hurt us at times this year. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. Once the guys settled in, (they) caught the balls and made those routine plays and Jared did a great job. Arizona State blitzes from every which way and he got the ball out quickly. I thought our offensive line played really well, that's a good defensive football team and it’s tough to pass protect against those guys. It’s tough to run the ball because they are blitzing and moving around so much. We ran the ball well enough to take the pressure off of Jared. I thought Tre [Watson] continued to play well. Jared just played with a lot of guts, and just kept making plays and giving guys opportunities to make plays.”

On the defensive performance

“It was a little bit of a role reversal this week compared to Stanford last week in some ways because we were forced to kick field goals and today our defense did a great job of tightening down and they kept us in the ball game. We were scoring, had some momentum on offense and we gave up some yards but when we needed to get a stop they found a way to do it and made some big plays on the third down, especially in the red zone and forced Arizona State to kick field goals. Our kids had a lot of confidence. Sometimes you get a sense on the sideline of what's going to happen almost, their attitude and demeanor almost determines what is going to happen. But the guys had a lot of confidence and again they believed in each other.” Top Stories