Four downs with Michael Thomas

Stanford safety Michael Thomas talks about putting the frustrations of the Oregon game aside and moving on to Saturday's Big Game against Cal.

First down: Have you guys enacted the 24-hour rule and put the Oregon game behind you?

Thomas: Oh yeah. Definitely. It was probably quicker because we understand that what happened is all said and done. There is nothing we can do about it now. We can move forward. We know we're not going to face another team like that so it makes it a little easier to move on.

Second down: What lessons do you take from that game?

Thomas: You have to live in the moment. You can never take plays off. That was a great opportunity for us, but it didn't work out the way we wanted. But sometimes things don't always work out the way you wanted them to. The only way you can recover from that is to keep working and look ahead to the next game. That's the only thing we can learn from that. It wasn't our best game and it wasn't the game we wanted to play.

Third down: What's the pulse of the team right now? Is there any damage to the confidence?

Thomas: To the confidence? No. I think guys are more [ticked] off now and more hungry now. I'm serious about that. The guys are still hungry. They want to get out there. It hurts and burns a little bit because everyone wanted bigger things for our season. But that's just not where we are right now. The guys are [ticked] off and ready to get back to work.

Fourth down: You probably don't need motivation for this week, but is there any concern of a letdown?

Thomas: No concern at all. We remember the last time we played Cal, they beat us on our field and celebrated. That's the last memory of playing them here so we have enough motivation. We'll be prepared. There will not be a letdown.