Postgame Stanford: Coach Monken

Jeff Monken’s comments after his team’s 35-0 loss to Stanford.

On the running game struggling for yardage

“I thought we had a lot of good plays called today. We just got knocked back. They were playing the blocks, knocked those back up front at the point of attack. They defeated double teams. When we got the ball on the perimeter we weren’t doing a great job of blocking people to the ground and create opportunities for us to gain yards. Credit goes to Stanford. They played more physical. They physically whipped us on a bunch of plays today.”

On the defense’s play in the first half

“I thought they did well except on the first drive. The touchdown pass was a corner route that we blew the coverage. We didn’t play the coverage that was called. Offensively, we fumble the ball in our own territory. We had another touchdown thrown against us on a corner route we didn’t play the coverage correctly and we can’t do that. We can’t do that at Army. We got to play our assignments absolutely perfectly and put ourselves in a position to try and make a play. We don’t need to help them by missing assignments and we did that on a couple critical downs. There were some times that I thought our defense really played well and got some stops and got them off the field.

More on the offense and the fake-punt call

“We couldn’t get anything going on offense. That was disappointing. We tried a fake punt . We were doing anything to try to gain positive yards, to keep the ball and maintain possession. I knew if we didn’t do something, we weren’t going to win the game. We are trying to win the football game. At that point, it was 21-0. I was like, “Hey, let’s do it.” If we were going turn this thing around, we better make a play. That didn’t work either.”

On putting game in the past

“Just like we did last weekend. It’s over. There was nothing we could do about Buffalo when the game was over except to learn from the mistakes. Nothing we can do about this one but learn from the mistakes, try to get them corrected and give ourselves a chance next week.

On how QB A.J. Schurr’s played

“He made some good plays. He was also playing against a new defense that hadn’t seen it (Army’s offense) all day. They were watching the whole game from the sideline. They brought their second string in. We were able to move the ball some, probably blocked those guys better than we did the first string guy until fourth down down there. A.J. did some good things and he did some things that are not so good. Same with Angel (Santiago).”

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