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Quoting Chris Petersen after the Huskies' 20-13 loss to Stanford

Here's everything Huskies coach Chris Petersen had to say after Washington lost its Pac-12 opener, 20-13, to No. 16 Stanford at Husky Stadium on Saturday.

(Opening) “I thought our guys played hard. I thought our guys played really good on defense, certainly good enough to win, and I’m proud of those guys for that. If they keep working, keep building on that, those guys will get very good. They’re going to have to be very good … so many unique styles of offenses we’re going to see. They did a very nice job, certainly good enough to win. Thought our special teams did a really good job. The only thing that was probably not real good was the fake punt. That’s on me. That was too much. Just trying to create some things to make some things happen. So that’s not on those guys at all. Offense, we’ve got to go back to the drawing board and try to get our quarterback some answers, for sure. That usually starts in the running game. We’ve got to be able to run the ball better, and then we’ve got to figure out what we need to do to move the ball downfield throwing it a little bit. … there’s some protection things. Run game was nonexistent in the second half, and so that really hurts everything. We’ve got to clean those things up.”

(On UW’s defense) “They played at a really high level. They got three turnovers, scored. Held a good offense to 20 points. That should be good enough to get some things done.”

(More on the fake punt) “They can check out of it depending on the look. We need to execute a little better, but it was asking to get too many yards there. So we should have checked out of it. The look, the structure of their alignment, they did what they needed to do. That was on me, not on those guys. Trying to create some offense somehow. Same thing with John Ross, when they kick it out of bounds, it goes to the 35-yard line and we try to kick it again, they get us down to the (16)-yard line. We were trying to create something. Trying to get the ball in our playmaker’s hands and see if he can create something.”

(On Stanford getting pressure on QB) “They do a great job of that. They really do. I’m anxious to put this tape on to really see if he needs to hang in there a little bit longer and could have. And it’s probably a little bit of both. Certain times the protection wasn’t good enough and certain times it was. And so we’ve just got to analyze that. It’s got to start with us as coaches, give those guys a chance, calling the best stuff that he and they can execute.”

(Did you see if illegal block on John Ross kick return was legit?) “No, I did not. Frustrating. I feel bad for him. That’s two of them now. We’ve got to clean that up for sure. Kid’s playing his tail off. There’s a lot of other guys. A little push in the back … painful.”

(How do you get him the ball if the passing game is struggling?) “Hand it to him if we have to. That’s some stuff that we’ve got to go look at. He’s certainly one of the guys we’ve got to figure out a way to get the ball to.”

(On Shaq Thompson) “He’s a heck of a player. He really is. Whether it’s safety or linebacker. Ballhawk. Just a really good, instinctual football player. He’s fun to watch.”

(Kevin King didn’t play?) “Kevin’s sick. We’ll see. We’ll see how that thing goes.”

(Marcus Peters not on field early?) “He just needs to take care around the ranch a little bit better, tighten up some details and then he’ll start.”

(How happy are you with the way Cyler played?) “Happy with him? Yeah … we’ve got some work to do there. But like I said, I’ve got to put the tape before I can really say exactly what’s going on.”

(Would you reevaluate that position?) “We’re always going to reevaluate everything. There’s no question about that. So we’ll take a look and whoever we think can give us the best chance to win, we’ll do that.”

(On Jeff Lindquist) “We’re just trying to create a little package for Jeff. See if he can do some things. Did a nice job on coverage. Probably got to read that a little differently too. Thought that ball was forced downfield. We’ve got to coach them better, there’s no question.”

(On Cyler Miles not setting his feet and throwing high) “That’s a great question. Like I said, I think we’ll have to go back and take a look at that tape and see if he’s watching the rush, or what exactly is going on there.”

(Anything you thought you’d do better?) “We knew it’d be tough sledding. Certainly we thought we’d be able to do a little bit better than we did today. I think in the first half we did a few things running the ball. We did nothing in the second half running the ball. And so that’s playing right into those guys’ hands. You’re playing into anybody’s hands when you make an offense one-dimensional like that. So yeah, I thought we’d do a little bit better than that, without question.”

(What does Shaq Thompson do so well? Be around the ball, etc?) “I think it’s all those things. It’s really hard to put your finger on it when you’re recruiting that and trying to figure out what that is, but he certainly has the ‘it’ factor. Sometimes, more space that he’s around I think the better he is. That’s why I think you can make a case for him playing at safety. Back there, he can tackle like a linebacker and he can cover like a safety. Might be a better ballhawk back there. I don’t know. We’ll continue to look at that and move him around.”

(On Shaq playing safety) “We’ve been working on that for the last couple weeks anyway. Stanford, Kevin being out, all of those things added up to, like … we’ve been working on that.”

(On the bye week) “We’re going to practice a couple times and we’re going to certainly as coaches go back and analyze every piece of tape we can get our hands on and really try to simplify some things to get our offense more in a groove where it can latch onto something and have some success with certain things. And figure out how to make that quarterback successful.”

(Where does that start?) “We’re going to go back and put the tape on and see what we can do as coaches, see what things we think he can do and put a plan together.”