Denker reflects on loss, performance

B.J. Denker did not have his strongest game on Saturday. Read on to see what he says about his performance, the loss, and more.

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez has a 24-hour policy in which the Wildcats only have those hours to think about a game before moving on to the next one.

For quarterback B.J. Denker, that rule may be harder to follow after the loss to Washington.

"Once we start practicing, I'm not going to be thinking about how terrible I played tonight," Denker said. "I don't know if I can really respect the 24-hour policy personally.

"It was just a terrible individual performance on my part, but when I cross the white lines for practice, my head's going to be clear. But when I go home and lay my head down at night, it's probably going to be a little bit of different story."

Although Washington played well defensively, Denker blamed himself when discussing the lack of execution on offense.

"They were just pressing our outside guys, not giving us easy throws," he said. "So I had to hang in the pocket a little longer, but they didn't do anything out of the ordinary crazy.

"They weren't blitzing very often. It was on me just not taking what they gave me and not making the right decision on a right play."

Denker says that he did not struggle much with the crowd, but the weather did get to him.

"Yeah, definitely in the first half," he said. "The rain was coming down hard. It was cold. The ball was slippery. First half was the worst.

"The second half wasn't too bad, but the first quarter and definitely throughout the whole second quarter was pretty bad."

Still, Denker does not want to use the weather as an excuse and pointed to Keith Price's performance as a reason why.

"You can only do so much," he said. "You've got to keep the dry as possible. My hand was constantly wet. Stay moving on the sidelines. You can try. At the end of the day, it was pretty tough.

"But that's not an excuse of how I played. [I've] still got to get the job done no matter what. Keith Price was playing in the same conditions, so I don't have an excuse."

In addition, the slow start certainly did not do Denker any favors.

"That first quarter, first couple drives, you want to try to move the football so you can get rid of those nerves, and when you go three-and-out three or four times in a row, you can't really get in a rhythm and the nerves are still there," he said.

"You've got to play through it. You've got to perform, and that's why we play at an elite level and I didn't do that tonight."


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