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Cal vs. SDSU postgame quotes: Sonny Dykes sees too many mistakes, wants better tackling

Quick snippets from the postgame quotes.

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California head coach Sonny Dykes

Opening Statement: “We played hard. I was proud of their effort, proud of the fact we hung in there; disappointed we just made too many mistakes. It’s like I told the guys afterwards, you can turn the ball over four times, give up a kickoff return and beat some bad teams, but you can’t do it against a good team and San Diego State’s a good football team. You know, just killing yourselves.”

Thoughts on Cal’s tackling and San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey: “I’m always concerned about tackling, especially when you give up a lot of yards rushing. Pumphrey’s a good back, he’s a good running back. He makes people miss, makes everybody miss, he gets yards against everybody. We’ve got to do a better job of tackling and we will, but he’s a good back. You’ve got give him credit.”

California redshirt junior wide receiver Chad Hansen

On California head coach Sonny Dykes’ postgame message to the team: “He really loved our effort; we did really leave it out on the line. I know all of us; we knew what we had to do and didn’t execute as well we could have, but out effort was outstanding. He said that was the hardest any team has ever played under him. It’s no consolation, but we know we left everything on the line.”

Thoughts on San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey: “The numbers he put up speak for themselves; I mean he’s a great player. Great, great player. We knew that coming in, we knew that he was going to be a force that we were going to have to be reckoned with. He turned out to make a few more plays than we could afford.”

California senior quarterback Davis Webb

Thoughts on having 70 pass attempts: “(My arm) feels good. I’ve done the same type of thing before. That was the game plan. We had a chance to throw some big boy throws and I hit some, but I missed a lot. That’s the reason why we lost. It was a tough game, obviously, I was really proud of my teammates for fighting hard until the end.”

Thoughts on San Diego State’s pass rush: “They did a good job scheming us up. I think our coaching staff did a great job, put us in the best position to win. Got to give credit to San Diego State, they talked the talk and they walked the walk. They did a great job as a defensive team, you know, scheming us up and putting us in positions to be unsuccessful. But I thought we did a good job coming back … in that second half. We’ve got to close out this week and get it over with, get over it and get ready for Texas, because that’s going to be a tough one.”

Thoughts on San Diego State sophomore linebacker Ronley Lakalaka’s interception return for a touchdown: “They got me on that one; you know, the d-line did a great job reading the screen.

You can read full quotes from the San Diego State Aztecs by clicking here for the PDF.