Player Quotes - Notre Dame

Yet another home game, yet another loss. Sadly, the players had to talk about their 33-7 loss to Notre Dame at home.

S Nate Williams

On thinking about not intercepting the pass: "When you're in the heat of the moment and you see the ball in the air your natural instinct as a DB is to get the ball no matter what. People might want to criticize me for catching it or whatever, but that's just what I'm taught, that when the ball is in the air it's ours."

On if the team is still playing hard: "Yeah we are. We're playing to the best of our ability, but we have just little things to clean up and we just have to keep playing as a team."

On his mindset after the fake punt: "When things like that happen and everyone's off the field and getting water and then something like that happens we just know we have to head back out there and get another stop. There's really nothing else we can do."


CB Vonzell McDowell

On his mindset right now: "That loss, it was a tough one to lose, I mean, all of them are tough to lose, but we just have to keep going out and competing and just make sure we're playing as hard as we can."

On the pass interference call: "I didn't think it was pass-interference, but they made the call so I had to block it out and get back out there and make a play. It was frustrating, but as a player, you can't focus on that or the other team is going for a touchdown while you're still thinking about it."

On what the team needs to do: "We need to keep focused and keep playing hard. I mean, we have to have pride in ourselves and for ourselves and our university and just make sure we are doing everything we can do to win. It's frustrating, but there's nothing you can do other than to keep working hard and it will pay off sooner or later."


CB Quinton Richardson

On if he was frustrated with the offense's production: "I can't get frustrated with them, because they're out there doing the best they can. We've struggled on defense too. You can't get down. We have to just keep fighting no matter what the score is and no matter how well or how bad our offense is going. We're a team and we win and lose together."

On what his mindset is right now: "We have all the pieces to the puzzle, but you can't make the mistakes we've been making. We have to keep fighting like crazy. That's what I'm going to do every day and every play, just keep fighting and I want to show the other teams in the Pac 10 that I'm not soft and we're not going to roll over and die. We have to have pride in ourselves and just do what we can to get this thing going in the right direction."


RB Terrance Dailey

On the offensive inconsistency: "It is frustrating because it felt like we had some things going well and stuff like that, but honestly, I can't really tell you what was going wrong out there. I wasn't making plays and we were just missing on a few things like assignments and stuff like that, but we're going to keep working hard and keep focused on getting a win."

On being 0-7: "Going from a winning team to a non-winning team is tough because I was used to winning in high school, but I'm not a quitter. I love coach (Tyrone) Willingham and it hurts that he and the coaches have so many people being hard on them because it isn't just them, it's us too. I mean, we're the ones out there missing plays, making mistakes and not getting it done."

On his comfort level: "I feel like I'm getting it down, but I'm young, so I just sorta listen to the other guys and what they have to say. I'm a leader, but I mainly do it by example. I'm not a guy who is going to yell and scream and stuff like that. Some guys get pumped up that way, but I just talk to my linemen and my QB and make sure we're on the same page and then it's all business once we get out there."


QB Ronnie Fouch

On how he's feeling physically: "I'm pretty sore. It was a tough game, they ran their blitz and we knew it coming in that they were going to blitz about 50-percent of the time. They executed well and they got to me on multiple pass plays and they hit me when they could. We didn't capitalize and fit the ball in those holes they left when they blitzed, so it was tough."

On the offenses lack of production: "I had five yards passing for most of the game it was frustrating. Their blitz was hard to counter. It was tough to read with their safeties rocking down, back and forth and they had guys walked up on the left side and then they'd blitz from the right side."

On the dropped passes: "These (receivers) make a lot of great catches so I can't get on them. It's part of the game – they can't catch every pass and I can't make every throw. I'm not the kind of guy that gets on my receivers when they drop balls because I miss just as many throws as they drop."


LB Mason Foster

On what he can do to turn things around: "Just you know, when things are getting bad like this, I think pull together closer and stay in a tight knit group and try to keep things going. We got to stay positive and keep working hard. If we give up now the schedule is getting even tougher, so we cant give up now."

On some positives on defense: "We take pride in flying around and making big hits and trying to make things happen, so just keep playing hard. I think we're getting better even though we aren't winning games. I feel like we're getting better, we have a young team just getting better, trying to push through these hard times."

On Willingham: "I hear it all the time, I try and zone it out and just focus on what we got to do. As a team, don't focus on politics, but it is tough when you hear the chants, people saying ‘fire Willingham' when people don't like your head coach it's always tough. I believe in perseverance and jus fighting through everything."

On where a spark will come from: "I really don't know, just keep playing hard. I believe if you keep doing things hard and keep playing hard something will chance for us. Something will chance for us sooner or later so you have to keep playing hard and keep having faith in our program and something will turn around."


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