Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich
On defense…
"They were awesome. This team is incredible. We knew UCLA was good and they lived up to it. They’re a fantastic team, very well coach in every phase and it was just back and forth, a heavyweight fight – big play for us on special teams and big plays for them on special teams and it was back and forth. The second half was just a total team effort, every single guy contributed to this. Our scout team I think – the MVP of this game, the unsung MPV of this game is TJ Daniel, our scout team outside linebacker that singularly did our Anthony Barr last week. That guy made us better and just obviously pleased with where we are."

On team’s resolve…
"Exactly, and that’s exactly what we talked about at half time, I said this is a real complicated formula, do your job great and that’s it. And our guys responded exactly kind of how we thought they would. Obviously a bunch of people were questioning whether we could play four quarters and that’s a good football team, really good football team."

On the second half …
"Outstanding! It wasn’t like one guy was locking somebody up either. It was a little bit of pressure got to them and created a turnover or a guy made a great break on the ball in space. Exactly, that’s our formula. We’re going to pick and choose our pressures and try to confound and confuse and Nick and his staff did an incredible job."

On Stanford …
"We’re going to use this week to get healthier, to get better, to improve and get a bunch of work for our young guys. Coach Radcliffe will build them back and our guys will be ready for that next one."

On the fake punt…
"Coach Osbourne did a great job with our guy this week. Our guys did a great job of executing it. That’s what it’s all about. You have confidence in it in practice and if it’s on the seven yard line, it’s on the seven yard line, if it’s there execute it. We believe so much in our guys because of demonstrated preparation."

On Maldonado …
"I would’ve gone with Maldonado again in a heartbeat if we had to do it over again. Just because he’s been practicing great, not that Matt hasn’t but he’s (Maldonado) been practicing great and we talked about in that situation and went with him and I’d do it again."

UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora
Opening statement…
“That was a very disappointing loss. We didn’t come up here to play close or give it the old college try. We came up here to win the game and we didn’t get it done, and it’s very disappointing. I told the guys we played hard, but playing hard isn’t enough. We have to get to the point where we do the things on a consistent basis that championship teams do and we’re not there yet. We are trying desperately to get there and these kids are working their tails off.”

On the halftime score…
“We weren’t satisfied with being 14-14 at halftime. There are no moral victories in sports – not when you’re trying to be a champion. We reject that notion. I feel bad for our guys because we did lay it all out there. We weren’t perfect. But at the same time, as I feel bad for them, we have to hold them to a high standard if we want to achieve what we are capable of someday achieving.

On if the game showed if the team is close to where they want to be…
“It showed me that we’re so close, but it doesn’t matter. We’re not after being close – to heck with being close.  Losers can be close. We want to get it. We want to win those games.”

On what happened in the second half that led to Oregon pulling away…
“We couldn’t get the ball. We couldn’t move the ball in the second half. We didn’t stop them when we needed to in the second half. They turned it on and we didn’t stay with them. It kind of boils down to that. It wasn’t anything mystical or magical.”

On if he thought his linebackers had the speed to contain Mariota…
“Yeah, but I’ll give you an indication of Marcus Mariota and what he is. (UCLA linebacker) Myles Jack is pretty fast. I think we’d all agree with that. We’re walking up the tunnel at halftime and he says to me… ‘Man that dude can run - he is fast’. You don’t often hear a guy like Myles Jack say someone is fast. Mariota is a special player. He can do it with his legs. He can do it with his arms. He does a great job getting the ball out of his hands quickly. The guy has gone eight or nine games without throwing an interception. That just doesn’t happen. He is something else.” 

OREGON PLAYERS

OB #8 Marcus Mariota
On the second half performance...
"The message at halftime was one play at a time. That is kind of what we live by around here. The guys around me stepped up. The defense did a great job holding a really good offense to 14 points."

On his poise...
"Part of it is my upbringing and the coaches having all the faith in me. I kind of feel that confidence. I understand that whatever play happens, happens. You just have to move on."

On the physical play...
"I just try to keep my head. The guys around me did a great job keeping their head. That our guys held their character says a lot about our team. We were just able to put a few drives together and that's what we needed."

On the fake punt...
"This game depends on momentum. That play that happened was a huge momentum boost for us. We took it in stride. We understood we had to make the most of it. We understood if we punched it in that it would take some wind out of their sails."

RB #9 Byron Marshall
On the second half…
“I think I had a good second half. I knew he (De’Anthony Thomas) was down. It stinks he was down, but I really just had to step up the second half. Everyone did. The defense really stepped up in the second half, so hats off to the defense.”

“It was a lot more exciting. A lot more momentum. We started picking it up on offense and everything just started clicking.”

On being tied at halftime…
“No one’s heads were down. It was different being tied, but that’s what we like. People were excited that we finally had a game and we had to come back out in the second half and work hard. To earn a win like this definitely felt nice.”

“We just knew we could play a lot better and we could shut them out. That was our goal in the second half and do anything we can.”

On playing more recently…
“I just have to be ready for the position I’m put in. I just got to rule the player in front of me. Whenever my name is called I just go in there and make the most of it.

WR #11 Bralon Addison
On being tied at halftime…
“Sometimes it happens. They were making plays, we were making plays, so you go head to head in the first half of football. We made some adjustments, got faster and had more intensity in the second half.”

“Coach Helfrich said in the locker room at halftime ‘14-14. Two great teams. It’s ESPN College game day. This is what two great teams will do.’”

On Mariota’s slow start…
“He’s such a great guy. It didn’t let it bother him. He missed a couple times in the first half, but in the locker room after the first half, he talked to everybody. He said he was going to pick it up and we needed to pick it up as well. After halftime, his intensity really woke us up, so in the second half we played a lot better.”

RB #6 De’Anthony Thomas 
On playing after his injury…
“I felt pretty good. I made the attempt to get back out there tonight and really get back to my team.”

On exiting the game early…
“I pulled myself out of the game tonight. I just was not feeling it but I gave it the best attempt that I could.”

“It isn’t frustrating at all. It feels good to have the young guys go out there and have fun.”

On transitioning from the first half to the second half…
“I feel like that is our time to reset. Going into the second half is when we get started. It is when we get out there and start making plays.”

 On how he handles taking big tackles…
“I can take hits. People don't think I can take hits but the hits don't hurt at all. I just get up and get ready for the next play.”

On what he believes changed for the offense from the first half to the second half…
“Just being comfortable played a big role and really focusing on us as a team. Also just being out there and playing like the men of Oregon.”

LB #25 Boseko Lokombo
On going into tonight's game…
“Preparation was key tonight. I feel like everyone was prepared this week and that everyone was mentally tuned into the game and that payed off for us.”

On the feelings he was having in the locker room at halftime with a tied score…
“I was thinking that all season, whenever we come out in the second half, that we dominate. I wasn’t really worried about the score. UCLA is a good team but we held up and did a good job in the end.”

On the changes the team made from the first half to the second half…
“We make adjustments and the opposing team gets tired when they play us. That is our style of play. Everyone was tuned in tonight and really ready to battle in the second half.”

On how competing teams view the Oregon Ducks…
“I feel like a lot of people follow in our footsteps. We have been dominating the PAC-12, we’ve been to a lot of BCS Championship games, and we are just a successful team. People will try and emulate our program but we are the top dogs.”

 

UCLA PLAYERS 

QB Brett Hundley
On the game… 
“We have to play better in every way. We have to be able to swing the ball around more.”

“We can play with them [Oregon] as long as we play how we’re supposed to. We didn’t execute tonight. We know we can play against anyone, but we have to play so much better than that.”

“It’s a very pivotal point in the season and we have to answer the call. That’s what they did to us.”

On leading the offense…
“As a quarterback, you’ve got to get the offense going and lead your team. We, as an offense, have to put points on the board, so I take personal responsibility. 14 points isn’t enough.”

On UCLA’s freshmen starters…
 “None of the freshmen that we started are freshmen anymore. I think we need to understand that whoever’s on the field is the best at that position. I don’t consider anyone by freshmen, sophomore—anything like that—we’re all trying to be champions, and at the end of the day we have to get the job done.”

On the loss…
“It’s really frustrating. I don’t like losing. I hate losing more than I like winning. We can learn a lot from this, but we don’t have time for that. We need to perform now.”

“We’re not here to be ‘good enough.’ We’re not here to earn respect from anybody. We’re here to win games and that’s what we come here to do. At the end of the day, we’re not playing to be close and barely walk away with a win.”

WR Shaquelle Evans
On the game… 
“Oregon’s a great team. We just have to capitalize on more opportunities.”

“We were right there, there were just some discipline issues and we weren’t capitalizing. We can’t make mistakes, but we’ll be alright.”

On the Pac-12 Championship game…
“As long as we win out the rest of the season, we know we’re going to be playing at Stanford or Oregon again. We want another crack at it and we’ll be better prepared when that time comes.”