Postgame Quotes - Stanford

    Sept. 19, 2015

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    USC vs. Stanford
    L.A. Memorial Coliseum - Los Angeles, Calif.
    Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015

    DAVID SHAW Stanford Head Coach
    "First off, great effort by our guys tonight. We fought and scratched and made plays in the running and passing game. Defensively, that's a hard group to hold up against with JuJu and all those great athletes. They made some big plays in the first half but not as many as in the second.

    "In the pregame talk I had all the guys stand up who had played in Pac-12 title games and that's half the team. Our guys are used to playing in big games. We need to act like it and play like it. We're five out of seven in last seven games vs. USC. No discredit to them. These are tough, physical games. They beat us two years in a row, we beat them some before. Every game will be like this, exciting and physical. Thankfully we got the lead at the end and a huge kick to make it two scores with two minutes to go."

    "We talked about it at halftime. We'd get their best shot and they stopped us to open second half and went down and scored. Our guys knew it was coming. We batted down the hatches and got back to work and played great in the second half."

    On Kevin Hogan directing the offense
    "He was huge. Coming off a first game when we didn't play well and second game we didn't start well, we knew we had to come out well against a good team and it starts with your quarterback. Yes we ran ball well, but our QB has to get us in right plays and he made some huge third downs with his arm and his legs. He played really well."

    On TE Austin Hooper
    "Really since last year and into this year, we knew Austin would be one of best tight ends in the nation. We had to make sure we got him opportunities to make plays because he's a tough match up. He made some big catches. Dalton Schultz made some big catches. Devon Cajuste made a big catch on a touchdown. The entire team played well."

    On is it perplexing how one week team plays much better than another
    "So the difference between football coaches and the rest of the sane world is we understand sometimes you don't play well. Outside of the coach world, people look for something to blame. It's got to be play calling or personnel. Sometimes you just don't play well. We didn't play well the first week, for whatever reason. We didn't start the game well the next week. Our guys are a good team and we still have to grow together."

    On the significance of win
    "The guys were celebrating after the game, but I reminded them we don't get a trophy for this one. It's a regular season game against a conference opponent that we won on the road. That's great. But we get back to work. We can't do the highs and lows that everyone else does. We get one night to celebrate and we start school this week and we need to get ready to play next week."

    On Stanford's defensive line
    "They'll sleep well tonight. That's a front line that might be the biggest in college football. They're big guys and still athletic. They can move. A lot of credit to our guys for finding ways to make tackles. They survived and we needed them to survive. My hats off to them.

    KEVIN ANDERSON Stanford Linebacker
    On playing a USC defense with many weapons
    "We came in and said everyone has to do their job. We don't like giving up 31 points to anyone, so we need to go back and work and improve. They have so many weapons, so you can’t pinpoint one. We came in with mentality that if everyone did their job, we’d be successful."

    AUSTIN HOOPER, Stanford Tight End
    On the offense’s success.
    "It was just base plays that we called. Kevin did a great job of checking to the right plays and ran what we do in practice.

    On the win
    "It’s huge for the program. The past couple of years we got really close. This year we put four quarters together and finished the job."

    KEVIN HOGAN, Stanford Quarterback
    On offensive strategy compared to first two games
    "It was no different than the others, just go out and execute. Trust our preparation and game plan. We felt like we had an unbelievable week of practice. Everyone put in extra time in the film room after practice to make sure we were ready to go. We made sure we stuck to the game plan and executed and it's a nice feeling to go out in the second half and run the clock out, playing our style, running between the tackles and wearing them down."

    On beating the No. 6 team
    "It’s early in the season for rankings. Only thing that matters is we’re 1-0 in the Pac-12. Things will get shuffled up, you play a long season. You want to go 1-0 each week and great to start Pac-12 play 1-0."