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Chris Petersen on Huskies’ 31-14 loss to Stanford: ‘Down the road, we’ll be a good football team, but not tonight’

A few quick quotes from Huskies coach Chris Petersen after Washington’s 31-14 loss to Stanford.

(Opening) “Tough game. That’s a good football team we played. They execute at a very high level, all three phases, and when we can’t get anything going in the first half, offensively, it just puts too much stress on everybody else. Makes it a very, very hard game. Second half, got a little something going, but they’re a good team that can answer right away, which they did. Put us back o our heels. Good football team. Down the road, we’ll be a good football team. But not tonight.”

(On K.J. Carta-Samuels) “First half was rough, in terms of the game’s different than practice. Second half, kind of settled in a little bit. You can see he can throw the ball. He can make good throws. He really can. I was proud of him. I was glad we left him in there to keep slinging it. He made some good decisions and we’ll analyze the tape and see what exactly he could have done a little better, but it’s always … starts up front, and kind of goes quickly to the quarterback.”

(Think about taking him out?) “No. We wanted to give him a little more time and just see how it goes. We had five runs and they worked and left him in a little bit and got a chance to throw a couple good balls.”

(How limited were you in what you could call for him?) “Well, I think he knows what he’s doing. But I think the first game when you’re out there against – it’s a good defense – so we wanted to be fair to him and not just … we didn’t want to put our defense in a real bad situation, have an untimely turnover or something like that. So you’re kind of playing that cat and mouse game a little bit.”

(Anything you can do to improve QB play besides just time?) “Well, no. I mean, if they keep working hard, keep practicing – it’s not just the quarterbacks. You’re right, we do have to have good quarterback play. We will get good quarterback play. We get good quarterback play. We just need to be more consistent. But we’ve got a young front, too, and that definitely can lead to some quarterback issues. I think the o-line is doing a decent job of run blocking. I think they’re doing some good jobs for Myles. We’re still a little inconsistent there, but at times, we come off and we’re physical, you can hear it, you can feel it. We keep guys covered up and we see Myles being able to find the creases. But I think we need to make some strides in our pass protection.”