A transcript of Cal’s post-Armed Forces Bowl news conference, courtesy of Caption Northwest, Inc:
COACH DYKES: It felt good to win. I thought the way we played today was really indicative of the way we practiced leading up to the game. I was really pleased with the way we focused. We started practicing the week after the Arizona State game. And it’s a long way away when you start thinking about practicing. You have about a month between that game and this game.
And we’ve got to give our guys a lot of credit, because they had the right mentality. They came out and practiced hard every day. They were real focused, and I thought we played that way as a result. So, again, it was nice to see them prepare the way they did.
I was really proud of the way they traveled here to Fort Worth. We had a great experience in the bowl game. The Armed Forces Bowl did a great job taking care of our guys.
And I was really pleased with the maturity that we showed traveling. We only had one player on this team that had ever played in a bowl game prior to this. And I thought our guys showed a lot of maturity and really did a great job of preparing. And they kept in mind that, you know, that our objective was to win the game. And, again, that showed a lot of maturity for a group that hadn’t been through that. Really proud of them.
Really proud of our seniors, what they’ve done for this program, the way they hung in there and kept believing and kept battling when it hasn’t always been easy. And really, like I said, could not be more proud of the group of young people than I am those guys. Just loved to be around them. And it’s been a fun team to coach. A team I’m going to miss. And a lot of guys that have been really good players for us that I’m going to miss, but I’m happy for them.