FROM EUGENE -- Here's everything Huskies coach Chris Petersen said after his team's 45-20 loss to Oregon at Autzen Stadium.
(How disappointing is this?) “Pretty disappointing. When you play an elite team like that, one side of the ball’s got to be able to step up a little bit, make something happen to give the other side a spark. And we get down in the red zone a couple times early, have to settle for field goals, that’s not going to be good. Can’t slow them down in the run game. If you can’t slow those guys down a little bit, it’s going to be a long, long evening, like it was.”
(Expect to defend the run better?) “Yeah, absolutely. We sure did. I’m anxious to put the tape on. I can only see what you guys can see. I’m not sure. It was too easy. They’re very good at running the ball. We know that. They’re one of the top teams in the country in terms of doing those things. If you can’t somehow slow them down and make them a little bit one-dimensional, it’s going to be problems. It’s easy to point – you can point at both sides of the ball. We got nothing going. We got three and outs. We didn’t run the ball even nearly good enough. So kind of back to the drawing board. Seems like it’s a little bit two steps forward, one step back here.”
(Does Cyler Miles have a concussion?) “We’ll see.”
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(On Troy Williams’ game) “It’s hard to really know. I think he did a fine job when he was in there. sometimes it’s easy to just get thrown in there, fresh set of legs and eyes and all those type of things. Good to get him in there and see him do a few things.”
(Any update on Dwayne Washington?) “No. He got a chest injury, and we’ll see.”
(How does UW get to Oregon’s level?) “I don’t really know. I don’t worry about their program. I know we’ve just got to get better. We’ve got to coach them better. It’s just when they’ve been doing something for a long time, we’re out there – there’s just not enough details taken care of, obviously. You can see it. They’ve had it going for quite a long time. It’s not any one phase of their program. Their recruiting’s good, their weight program’s excellent. They know this offense and the defenses inside and out, and that’s what we’ve got to get to, eventually.”
(Take Oregon out of the equation – how does UW get there?) “Basically what I just said. We’ve got to be able to have some continuity with our coaches and our kids and we’ve got to recruit some really good guys and work our tail off and, you know, improve. Every week’s a challenge. We try to add a little something new here and there, and that’s a challenge, because so much of this stuff is new for all of our guys. They just don’t have so many of those banked reps that we’d like to have. They work hard in practice and I just hope each week that we can get a little bit better. We certainly didn’t get better out there today, but a lot of that has to do with Oregon coming after us and playing a good game themselves.”
(How good are the Ducks this year?) “I think they’re as good as anybody in the country. It’s hard for me to know because we don’t play everybody or look at everybody, but this is an elite program. It really is. They do an unbelievable job. They’ve got maybe the best player in college football. I think their defense plays hard and they do some good things. You’ve got to play really, really good, certainly, to beat those guys. You’ve got to play really, really good to hang with them. That’s what you’ve got to do. If you can play really, really well and have a chance down the stretch, something might happen.”
(Hard to stop Oregon’s offense when it gets going?) “It’s very hard, and certainly, when you can’t slow down the run at all. They get the train moving, and it’s hard. You get on your heels and someone’s got to make a play. When your tackling’s pretty shoddy, it makes it hard.”
(Were guys trying to do too much? Does Oregon do that to you?) “I think so. I think our guys are always trying hard. I don’t know if it’s too hard. I don’t think we were over the top. I don’t think we tackled well enough. There can be part of that, certain drives, where you feel them kind of moving on you, and a guy – we got outflanked a couple times, running back bounced it outside, that’s where one of those ‘backers roaming inside, he needs to stay put until he knows where the ball is. We try to work on that a little bit in practice. We talk about it all the time, but it’s hard until you experience it firsthand against really good players.”
(Would it bother you to find out players were laughing on the sideline?) “It depends what you’re talking about, what they’re laughing at and all those kind of things. I don’t think anybody thinks that game was funny, the way it turned out.”