QUOTES: Oregon State at California

Coach and player quotes following OSU's 31-28 upset of No. 2 California Oct. 13.


On the last play of the game:
"It was one of those deals where everything by both teams came right down to the end. They sure made some great plays. Fourth and 17 and they get down there and then another good pass by Kevin down real close. Then it was just like so many of our games last year, right down to the last play."

On the number of major upsets in college football:
"It's really very interesting. I don't know the stats on it, but I think it's just as good of competition this year as any time. I think when you just look in the Pac-10, of all the competition; it's just as good parity as we have ever had. You have to look at the scores every week to find out who won because you'll see some surprises."

On the overall feel of the game:
"I'm real proud of our team and our coaches. I think we had gone through some hard times, we had some opportunities early and didn't capitalize and they just kept working hard and playing. Now, we'll enjoy this victory, it's nice going into a bye and then we'll try to get better from here."

On winning again in Berkeley:
"I love this setting and this is a great place for football. I worked here for one year and have good memories of this stadium."

On comparing this win to other big recent wins in the program:
"It's not important to compare. This is a new team. I think this was really good for this team. I'm hoping this becomes a real catalyst. Nothing is guaranteed in that regard, but I think what it does is it kind of confirms what we've been working on and now they can try to get better from there. I think it was a major step for Sean (Canfield) to play in this kind of an arena, against a good team and handle the game like he did. You have to keep improving, and we haven't arrived. We had some other opportunities. We didn't score when we had it second and one on the one. That was really disappointing, but there were a lot of good things and I think a lot of things we can build on."


His thoughts on the final play of the game:

"What you'd like to do is throw the ball away in that situation, but I thought Kevin Riley stepped up and played a big game for the most part."

On how big the win is for Oregon State:
"With Cal being No. 2 in the nation, coming here to Strawberry Canyon, pulling out the win, it was just a big, big win for us."

On the play of RB Yvenson Bernard:
"I hit him on a couple of checkdowns that were big. Him running the ball, we all know what he can do and he did it tonight, got in the end zone."

On the final play:

"Our defensive backs and linebackers, everyone just had great coverage. Our D-line got off, got great pressure on the guy. He had to scramble and the only way to go was towards me, and thanks goodness I made a play."

On the realization that the Beavers had won:
"That was a great finish to a great game. Cal has a great team and it was awesome. That game is all about college football right there. I'm glad to be a part of this, it was amazing. Defensively, we stopped a very, very explosive team."

His impressions of Cal's team:

"That was one of the most physical games I can say I've ever played. They're a tough group of guys and they're a heck of a team. They've got a tremendous offensive line and we knew that coming into the game. It was kind of out of character for us to give up that many rushing yards, but you know, the biggest statistic was on that scoreboard at the end of the game."

On the possibility of overtime:
"I really didn't know what to expect. Once you get into that 2-minute drill, they didn't have any timeouts left and they were trying to get that field goal team on there at the end, and I wasn't thinking overtime yet. We got a heck of a push all game on field goal block and I was thinking we were going to block it."

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