On the game plan “We do what we do. They personnel a lot so we wanted to do the best we could matching their big guys with our big guys. At the end of the day it came down to just making sure we were doing a great job leveraging the ball and tackling, owning our leverage on McCaffrey and getting as many hats to the ball as possible with great leverage. We played unbelievably physical and just the passion. I couldn’t be happier for how they executed.”
Was it tougher to sub guys in against Arizona because they moved faster than Stanford? “No. I think it’s just at Arizona they do what they do personnel wise, so we’re going to match their personnel and stay with the same personnel that we start a series with. These guys, because they do so much personnel groups, we’re running guys in and out constantly. Guys were on point and we were able to - it comes down to execution. The guys played with great energy and, like I said, passion. But they executed at a high level.”
On six first half sacks “Without watching the film, they were winning one-on-ones. That’s the name of the game. If you have a one-on-one, we want you to win it, your fair share of them.”
Is that your defensive peak? “Yeah. We were physical, did a great job against the run, were able to get after the passer when he threw, played tight coverage, and yeah, you couldn’t ask for a better game.”
How important is it to get pressure without blitzing? “If you can get pressure with just four guys, that’s more guys you can leave in coverage. The more eyes you have on the quarterback, if he starts to scramble playing your zone coverage, for sure. Most teams would love to be able to get pressure with just four guys.