QB Josh Nunes
What do you think was the problem with the passing game?
I know the protection was great all night. The guys up front did a really good job. I know that I needed to make a lot of those throws. I feel like I let a few of the guys down tonight. They were running great routes.
On the Washington defense
We prepared for the stuff they showed us.
Any let down after the USC game?
I feel like we didn’t play as well tonight. Especially offensively, and a lot of that is attributed to me. We didn’t play like we needed to.
On the delay of game penalties
I was just trying to get the ball out. I was just a little bit late to the line and I didn’t get the snap.
On the running game
We did run a little bit less. We need to be better on third down conversions.
On his first road start
It was a great environment. We need to step up and prepare for it. There were a lot of third down failures.
On the interception
I wasn’t (worried). It was a bad throw on my part. We like that matchup against Trufant and he’s a great corner.
STANFORD HEAD COACH DAVID SHAW
On if he was surprised by anything the Washington defense did
“No, everybody has wrinkles every game that they do differently, but I thought we did a good job of seeing what they were, but the bottom line is that we get to third downs we have got to convert. We’re a running football team which means we’ve going to be in third and five, third in four, third in two, and we’ve got to convert those third downs.”
On what the problem was with the offense this game
“A combination of them playing really well and us not playing well, we didn’t play well enough to win. We didn’t make the throws we needed to make, we didn’t make the catches we need to make. We didn’t sustain our blocks in the running game as long we should have. We got outplayed tonight.”
On QB Josh Nunes’ performance
“I thought it was not his best effort. I think he can play much better. I think we can all do a much better job.”
On there being a chance if he will change quarterbacks this week
“No. Only took you a minute and half to get to that. We are not changing quarterbacks”
On if he felt good about being up after Murphy’s interception that put them up 13-3
“No it was 13-3 but we still hadn’t played well. It was an unbelievable play by Trent Murphy, he’s been so close really the last few years getting his hands on balls and he’s 6’5 with that long wing span. He tipped it and made a heck of a play, but even after that we were still trying to get some momentum, and even with that great play we still had no momentum. We were not playing well enough.”
General Quotes From Shaw
“They are a good football team, very well coached, the bottom line is that we didn’t make the plays we needed to make on the offensive side of the ball. We didn’t keep the defense off the field like we usually do. We kept putting the defense out there too long, and every team in our conference, if you give them enough shots on offense they’re going to hurt you.”
“Bottom line is we are in a great conference if you don’t play your best football in the conference you lose. We lost tonight, we lost a tough road game, we are down one game in the Pac-12 North and that’s where we are. So now we have to approach every day with a sense of urgency because now we are behind and we don’t like to be behind, we’ve got to catch up.”
RB Stepfan Taylor
On the running game
I’m not sure why we passed more. They were trying to get the offense more balanced and take a couple of shots down the field.
On the season
We can’t let this affect the rest of our season. We need to be mature and finish out the season.
On Washington’s defense
They’re running really well. They adjusted. Last year they didn’t adjust too much but this year they were on the ball. We made mistakes and they capitalized. They made plays and we didn’t.
How much different is the Washington team?
They’re a totally different team. We didn’t rack up as many yards as we did last year so obviously they are a different team. They came out here to play.
Did the noise affect the team?
It was loud but we all were on the same page. It didn’t give us much trouble.
On the Cardinal screen plays
They read it very well. There were a couple of mistakes on our end, and mine as well.
Senior LB Trent Murphy
On his interception
“There were a couple other plays where I got my hands up and the ball went right through it, so I kind just kept doing my job, and it paid off for that one play.”
On how that play developed
“The offensive lineman went down to cut me and I put my hands on him and he was throwing the ball and I put my hands up and got it from there.”
Reaction to the loss
“Biggest thing is disappointment, because I know we could have played better than that, we should have played better than that, but this will kind of drive us further, we’ve just got to keep chopping wood and it will take care of itself.”
On Washington having some success running the ball
“They ran against us pretty well last year, so I knew they were going to come in here with confidence, so we knew they were going to do that. They did what we expected and so we should have handled it better than that. Their offensive lineman were getting some push and opening up some holes.”