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Cal football press quotes: Mustafa Jalil brings roast duck, Oregon lineman boasts Ducks always embarrass Cal

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Mustafa Jalil
Mustafa Jalil
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Mustafa Jalil

Oregon offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone responded sharply.

More from Connor Letourneau:

"We've got to come out this week with our hair on fire, and want this game like we haven't wanted any other game," Jalil said. "That's how we'll get it. I know they want it just as bad. Actually, I take that back. They don't want this is bad as we do. This game means a lot to us."

  • More on Oregon: "We're here for real. This is going to be the toughest game yet. I want to see how we're going to respond. Coach Dykes has us going up- we're ready to win this one."
  • On finishing the season strong: "I feel like for us to leave that mark on this program (going to a bowl game) would mean that we left this place better for it."


Sonny Dykes

  • On Jared's recent struggles: "I think the biggest thing Jared has to be is keep playing. Not trying to force things, let the game come to him."
  • On lack of turnovers: "The turnovers that we got on defense have probably been the biggest difference between the first 5 games and the last 3."
  • On Lasco: "He's close to being back to where he was, if he isn't there already. Just needs a few more plays."
  • On the Ducks: "They (Oregon) play really physical. They're young, but they're getting better. You can see them improve."

Jared Goff

  • On resiliency: "I'm just trying to make plays. I've been doing that for 3 years now, I'm going to keep trying to be the best player I can be every week."
  • On returning to Oregon: "I'm excited to go back up there (Eugene) and have another chance to do something special, hopefully get the win."
  • On defeats: "If I've learned anything over the last 3 years, it's that it's not always going to go your way. That's why I focus on what I can control."
  • On Lasco: "It was good to see Lasco get out there & run well, move like he used to. I think he's going to do some special things the rest of the season."
  • On moving forward: "It's not easy, but you just go to the next day and put it behind you. All you can do is try and get better and move forward from there.
  • On snapping out of a slump: "I think we're ready for a break through. We've practiced hard. We just need to play a little better, a little cleaner."

Daniel Lasco

  • On Oregon: "I think everyone's excited. This is going to be a huge game for us."
  • On recovering from USC: "Every single game that you lose it's tough & difficult. Here, we have a 24 hour rule- win or lose, 24 hours after the game- you move on."
  • On the Bear Raid: "I feel like we have the best offense in the nation when we play up to our best."
  • On the struggling run game: "In any offense, you have to have a strong run game to be effective. It takes a lot of heat off of the QB."
  • On playing at 100%: "I'm going 2 push myself this week to get to where I need to be for Saturday. A lot of off the field stuff- I'll make sure I get it done. I'm back now, that's the only thing that matters to me."
  • On the weather: "It's not going to be one sided... both teams will have to deal with the rain."
  • On the opposition: "Oregon has a very athletic defense. They're fast, they swarm to the ball quick. They can switch up what we've been seeing."