Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - January 4, 2013

Rose Bowl chatter

What they were saying after Stanford defeated Wisconsin, 20-14, in the 99th annual Rose Bowl game:

"To be honest, we're still on the ascent. We can still play so much better, and that's our charge now." — Stanford coach David Shaw

"There's a sense of accomplishment, because we got somewhere we hadn't been yet. If you looked at our goals at the beginning of the season, this was on top of the list, and we got it done. We're extremely satisfied." — Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov

"We've been in BCS games the past two years, but neither of those mean as much as this one did. This is the one we play for every year. It shows Stanford is here to stay." — Stanford tight end Zach Ertz

"This stings just as much, because we fell extremely short when we had the opportunity to win. We had numerous opportunities to capitalize on big plays, and we fell short . . . This is not the way we want to be remembered. Speaking for the entire senior group, this is not the way we wanted to go out." — Wisconsin running back Montee Ball

They're a good football team, but we have a very good defense. They (the Stanford defense) stopped Oregon when no one said it could be done. That shows the unity we have on this team. We're never going to quit." —Ertz

"Great job." — former U.S. Secretary of State and current Stanford faculty member Condoleezza Rice to David Shaw following the game

"Everybody talks about Oregon and USC, and that's fine because we just stick to our business." -- Ertz

"A couple of years ago we lost (star running back) Toby Gerhart. Couple of years ago we lost coach (Jim) Harbaugh (to the San Francisco 49ers). This year we lost Andrew Luck. I think it's a testament to our program and how we train and how we prepare each and every season." — Stanford defensive back Usua Amanam

"Let's just say to be in the same place as Jim Plunkett is pretty cool. It's definitely an accomplishment. It's something I'll always tell my kids, brag about with my kids, brag about to my friends. This is an experience that you can't replace." — Stanford guard Kevin Danser

"We punched them in the mouth, they punched us back. It became a good ol' bar fight." — Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan

"We're good. I think we're playing as well as anybody in the country. Unfortunately, the season's over, but it's a hell of a way to go out." — Ertz

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