UCLA QB Mike Fafaul Talks Record-Breaking Performance

Oct. 22 -- UCLA quarterback Mike Fafaul spoke about his record-breaking performance against Utah, when he found out he would be starting and more...


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On his record-setting performance:

Like I said last week, it's not about the records or the performance. I just want to get a victory. I'm pretty disappointed we didn't do that. It's pretty disappointed.  

On when they knew they'd go hurry-up:

We knew pretty much the whole week. We had a good game plan. We just turned it over too much and we can't do that.

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On defenses keying on the pass:

It's difficult from the standpoint they know what's coming. Our O-Line did great. They did a great job in protection, giving me plenty of times, our receivers were downfield making plays. There were some times I made mental lapses. When you throw 70 times, it will happen.

On if they'd practiced tempo this season:

No, this was the first time. We needed to help out the run game. We passed to see if it would catch the defense off guard.

On the team being built for tempo:

I thought we transitioned seamlessly this past week because we've been running it for four years. If we could have pushed the run, they would have popped.

On being upstaged by Utah running back Joe Williams:

It's funny, we actually went to high school together at Fork Union and he was my running back back then. He had a great game, hats off to him. He played great, I'm happy for him.  I wanted to talk to him (after the game).  We've texted a little bit. I haven't really seen him since Fork Union. I'm happy to see him doing well. He's a good friend of mine.

On when he knew he'd start:

We knew in the beginning of the week. Josh was struggling with the shoulder and getting better every day. I don't know about Colorado but I'll keep working like I'm the starter, trying to prepare and help our team be in a position to win.

On the team's mentality:

We're just going to work every single day as hard as we can. What I love about this team, we're just fighting every day. We're experiencing adversity but we'll respond well against Colorado.

On his first year being on scholarship:

Last year. This is my second year.


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