This is what I'd say at Thursday's practice:
Bring it in fellas. Bring it in tight. I want you to hear this.
Congratulations on beating the Iowa Hawkeyes. That was a top-10 team coming off a BCS Bowl game season with a staunch defense and a helluva running game. They racked up 29 rushing yards on you gentlemen. Be proud of yourselves.
And that was an impressive sequence of offense and defense to close that game out. I called it a "program drive" to win the ballgame. You know what that means? It means we know we're winners now. We couldn't do that against Cal or Oregon last year. We know we can today.
I know that we can throw a game tying pick six and block the extra point. I know that we can come out, crowd rambunctious, cameras rolling, and put the #9 team in the country in a 14-0 hole. I know that we can muff punts and drop passes, but still secure the game winner a play later. And I know, with the game on the line, we can get to the quarterback...three. straight. times.
I also know that the game's over. And that we did get picked late, and muffed punts, and dropped passes. I know that we were penalized twelve times for 103 yards. That's not OK.
And you know who doesn't give two shits about you beating Iowa? The California Bears.
Hell they just lost to Nevada. Ya think they're a little pissed off? I know they're a lot pissed off and they want to beat you. We are the hunted now gentlemen. The talking heads of ESPN and all the rest don't want to stop talking about the little program that could out of Tucson, Arizona.
Well do you want to be yesterday's news or do you want to win? Do you want to go to the Hyundai Sun bowl? How about the Valero Alamo Bowl?
I don't know about you, but I'm not much for Korean cars or gasoline companies.
Now let's get to work.