QUOTES: Duke v. Stanford

Coach Cutcliffe and his players met the media after Saturday's game

Duke Head Coach David Cutliffe
On the result …
"No, I mean from the beginning – giving a punt return and the turnovers, you can't play Stanford that way. But I thought Stanford did a good job of reacting to its first game. They weren't pleased with how they played and I think we probably reacted to our first game – thought we were a little better than what we were. And when you get behind a good team on the road, it grows and blows up on you, and you guys saw it. That's what happened."

On the punt return and getting better starts to games …
"Well, when you take the ball like I did and told the offense I what was going to, the first thing I wanted them to do was score on the first possession. We haven't done very well on first possessions in either one of the games. If you remember, they recovered a punt. So, the bottom line is execute out of the gate. We've given our offense a chance to do that and we're 0-2."

On offensive strategy and screen passes …
"I mean we had some success with it because we didn't have success doing anything else. We couldn't run the football. They packed it in pretty good, so you're throwing the screens – we didn't run them very well early. That got better as the game went on. Bottom line is we're better up front than we've been and we didn't play like it tonight, so we've got to run the ball better – number one. And then we've got to protect well enough to get the ball down the field and neither one of those things happened tonight. When you do that against a good defense and an inexperienced defense particularly up front that they are, you're asking for trouble and we got it."

On a lack of vertical attack and not stopping pass rush …
"Yeah, that was a big part of the issue because we didn't protect the passer very well. That was part of the – I don't know how many times he hit the ground, a bunch. There may have been two or three sacks is all, but it was the pressures and constant people in your face, and having to get rid of it. We had a lot of errant balls thrown because of their pressure."

On takeaways of the game …
"A lot. We've got a lot to study. I told all our players we're not going to put this behind us – that's what people say. You can't put playing poorly behind you, you address it and it's my responsibility that we didn't play better coming out of game one. One hundred percent on my shoulders, but also accountability when we go back to work – to everybody. You expect to see the kind of work we need to have to get better and to get better quickly. We can't waste time. We've got better athletes, we've got more weapons on both sides of the ball – we've just got to put them to use."

Sophomore QB Anthony Boone
On the game plan …
"We stuck to the game plan. We didn't change the game plan, but the defense did a really good job executing their twists and getting after their pass rushes, disrupting our backfield and our run game. I give my hat off to Stanford. They did a really good job today coming back off last week's win."

On the game …
"Schematically, we had everything. We knew everything, we knew what they were going to do to us, but they just came out and executed their plays a little better than we did. So, that's all I'm going to say about it. It's a team that came out and played a little better than we did."

On emphasizing more of a vertical game offensively …
"I didn't run anything Sean [Renfree] didn't run. They got after him a little bit more than they got after me. That's kind of how it went. They kind of backed off a little bit obviously. The game got a little out of hand, so they didn't really blitz and twist as much as they did on him. But we had the same plays that I ran, but they just couldn't block him up front."

Sophomore WR Jamison Crowder
On the game …
"Well on our team, it was a bad performance. We didn't show up today and Stanford, they showed up and played well. Real good."

On strong second half individually …
"Overall, I feel bad in my performance but I just told myself no matter the situation, just keep playing. You try to get better as the game went even though we were down big." On offensive game plan and screens ...

"Well, it's something that we like to do as an offense and we didn't execute it well, and the Stanford defense played well. It just didn't really go good for us today."

Junior QB Ross Cockrell
On interception and defense …
"Well, we've just got to keep moving to the ball and that's all I did on that interception. I thought it was a run; I was moving up on that. I saw it was a pass, I moved back, I read the quarterback and I jumped to the ball. And that's all you need to do as a defense. We know what we have to defend. They have to get to the end zone and if we do our best to defend that, then we'll be alright."


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