Post-Wake Interview: Andrew Luck

"I'm trying to figure that out as well. We just have to come out and be more focused and still have that passion and drive to win. A lot of stuff didn't go our way. Some bad passes, some sacks that they had. It's a tough loss, but Wake's a great team and we enjoyed the struggle." Read on for that and more from Stanford's true frosh quarterback.

Andrew, it looked like things were pretty much going your way in the first half. You had a big field goal at the end of the half and you had the momentum. What happened in the second half?

Andrew Luck: I'm trying to figure that out as well. We just have to come out and be more focused and still have that passion and drive to win. A lot of stuff didn't go our way. Some bad passes, some sacks that they had. It's a tough loss, but Wake's a great team and we enjoyed the struggle.

Did they do anything differently in the second half or was it all you?

AL: I think we beat ourselves to an extent, but again Wake's a great team and they played very, very well.

Did you see the potential with the team building off last week in the first half with how well you played on both sides?

AL: We've got a good thing going, we have to bring it all together for two halves.

Did you feel under any more pressure in the second half than in the first?

AL: No, I thought the line did a heck of a job the whole game. I think Wake started blitzing a little more, but no sir.

Describe that first touchdown pass to Ryan. What was that play?

AL: It was just a go route and "Whales" is a great receiver. I thought I put it a little too far out there but he showed some speed and caught the ball. It was a good feeling.

Did you call a timeout before the fourth and one in the third quarter that you converted with Gerhart?

AL: If I remember correctly it was a fast call in the huddle, and one of the players didn't hear where he was lining up and he got a little confused.

How does it feel coming down here and having that kind of lead and not being able to sustain it?

AL: It's disappointing. We have a lot of work to do and I think it provides motivation for this week's practice

How did you feel in this game compared to your debut against Washington State? A bit more comfortable?

AL: Yes sir. A little more comfortable. I just got in the flow of the game and it's starting to feel like football.

You've had two road starts to begin your career, what are some of the things that you've learned in those two games?

AL: You've just got to block everything out and play football. When it comes down to it, it's still a 100-yard field with two end zones, and it doesn't matter who's watching in the stands.

As the quarterback in the situation at the end of the game where the Wake receiver caught the ball inside the five-yard line with 45 seconds left would you rather see Wake score to get the ball back with some time left on the clock?

AL: I have complete trust and faith in our defense. Until the end, I thought they were going to stop them and then block the field goal and go into overtime. With hindsight being 20/20, we'd love to have the ball with some time left but I have complete faith in the defense.

On that interception it looked like you stumbled a little bit coming out of the shotgun. Can you describe that play?

AL: I rushed it. It was a foolish, immature throw by me. We were in field goal range and I should have thrown it out of bounds or run for as many yards as I could get. It was a little immature of me.


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