Recap?|? Final Stats?|? Notes

Notre Dame Head Coach Bob Davie

On his team’s overall performance:
“I thought this was a tremendous effort by our defense. I thought they competed hard up until the end but its obvious you’re not going to win the football game when your quarterback only completes one pass. We had a lot of injuries entering the game, but that doesn’t matter. We tried some different things, but couldn’t seem to get anything going in the second half even though we had some great field position in the third quarter. The game was up for grabs at the point and we just couldn’t capitalize and make a play to get us going. I’m just really disappointed for our players.”

On his team’s stout defense:
“I was very pleased with the way our defense played tonight. You really can’t ask for much more than that. I think they are a unit that has competed hard all year and showed it again tonight. The field was soggy and the conditions weren’t ideal, but you have to play through it.”

Quarterback Matt LoVecchio

On Notre Dame’s inability to move the ball on offense:
“The game was there for us, and it was in the hands of the offense at the end. All we needed to do was drive down the field and get ourselves in position to kick a field goal. We did some things that put us in position to move the ball downfield, but we couldn’t move the ball through the air tonight.”

Stanford Head Coach Tyrone Willingham

On the game:
“I don’t want to make excuses, but we did not have the energy today. Our defense, with the exception of one or two plays, had a hell of a game. Once we got our rhythm, we took off both offensively, defensively and special teams.”

On Randy Fasani:
“It does take time to get your rhythm back, but I felt he started to kick in and I knew we were capable of winning.”

On the defense:
“The team overall played well, and we did a good job with their running game and the option. Overall, especially in the second half, the defense settled down and played great to get our team a win.”

On the running game:
“Kenneth played very well. Brian suffered a few stingers and an ankle injury, but he battled back to get back into the game. He got in there and was able to get the win.”

Stanford’s Tank Williams

On the interception:
“I saw him looking left and I just played his eyes and picked the ball off. It was very special, being my last game at Stanford, and I was able to get the one to clinch the victory. I took along time walking off the field and took everything in.”

On the team:
“We battled back and it showed the true heart of our team. I would not want it any other way but for the defense to clinch the team’s victory. I will always remember my last home game and how we battled back.”

Stanford’s Kenneth Tolon

On the winning touchdown:
“I just followed Casey, who had a great block, around the outside. With his block I was able to get into the end zone. Our offensive line did a great job against a tough defensive team. The line was consistent all game and things just started to open up in the fourth quarter. Kerry, Justin and Brian have all been teaching me and helped me into the system.