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Oregon Football

Mario Cristobal Post-Game Press Conference

November 30, 2019

Mario Cristobal addressed the media following their 24-10 win in the civil war. It might not have been a pretty win, but it was still a win. 

On a night when the offense struggled, Cristobal talked about that and what wasn’t working. Additionally the return game was strong and coach Cristobal talked about what was working there.

In the end, Oregon won and will advance to the Pac-12 Championship Friday for a battle with Utah.

Here are the highlights from his coach Cristobal’s post-game press conference.

On passing attack

“Well we weren’t very efficient today obviously. We have been during the course of the year. We’ve been really good on third down as well but today we were 3 of 14 or something of that nature. So very uncharacteristic of us. Not up to our standard and we’ve got to get back to work and get better at it.”

On Mykael Wrights Kick Return

“Credit to the entire kickoff return team as well. They blocked that one just absolutely perfect. But Mykael is a guy that when he does touch the ball he’s dangerous. If he beats a guy he can take it to the house.”

On Key Fourth Down Stop and Turnover

“I think it goes with how they played the entire afternoon. You always saw 11 hats getting to the football. The communication level and the way that they practiced this week and all of the things that they did to play at this level today was really impressive to watch.”

On Jake Luton Being Out

“It was a little bit of a surprise. I’m sure it was like when they saw for us that Jake Hanson wasn’t getting many snaps. We thought he could actually but sometimes things happen where when it comes down to game time you have to find out pregame if you can or if you can’t. It changes some things but you can’t just overhaul everything you’ve done all week and expect to have success. You might get attacked another way.”

On offensive struggles last two weeks

“I felt like we were moving the ball well but we really stalled. We stalled a couple of times. Maybe once or twice it was due to a penalty. When that does occur, especially as good as we were for those four or five games, we just really need to do a better job on coaching it and putting it together and executing it. So it falls on all of us but of course it falls on me first.”

On the Rivalry Game

“I just think when you look around the country and look at rivalry games for the most part, regardless of who’s playing for what, they’re typically pretty intense.”

On Holland & Wright in the Return Game

“Today they would’ve had more opportunities, but they were just so fake heavy on punts. When certain players were in the game you just had to be completely on point with who’s staying in and who’s holding up and who’s rushing. As the game went on we probably would’ve called and been in more punt return situations but we felt like they were in their fake territory.”

On the Punting Game

“When you get in their territory the last thing you want to do is not score. When we’re in their 40 or 35, Blake is outstanding at pinning them inside their 5 yard line. When you flip the field consistently like that, that’s hard.”

On Senior Night

“Well I told them all when they came up they weren’t going to make me cry. It just wasn’t going to happen. We got a game to play. Think about that for a second, 4-8. Now they’re seniors and they have a 10 win season and win the North and have a chance to play a great team in the Pac-12 championship.”

On Herbert Hugging Him After the Game

“This football stuff, when it’s done right is life changing. A guy like that, like all the other guys in this room are the right kind of people. It’s what you want your son to be.”


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