Dennis Erickson Post-Game (UI vs BSU)

"[The crowd Saturday] was great. That's what it's all about. I mean, college football is about what happened today on a campus like this. It's very special when you're a campus like the University of Idaho. When you get all those students there, and they do what they do, and you get that environment...that's what college football is all about..."

About the game being 28-26 in the fourth quarter and having the Broncos where he wanted them at that stage of the game.

DE: "Yeah, it was just disappointing. I mean, we fought back, and we had all the momentum going in the world...28-26 and we're playing good on defense, moving the football some. We have a chance to make a big play, we kick it, then the guy returns it and we get a penalty...and we lose everything. One play…on one play. That's just how this game is. You've got everything going and now you try to kick it up in the air and they've got it set up, and they return it. We missed tackles. To their credit, they took it down and put it in the end zone. Two point game, we hold ‘em to a field goal we're still in it. That's disappointing because as many years as I've been in and one play…you can go through all those plays in that game, and there were a lot of plays in that game because it was a heck of a football game, but you can take that one and to me that was the difference in the football game. Now they score and we're down… You know, our guys played well. They fought like heck. I thought they did what we asked ‘em. We just made too many mental mistakes. Again, that's what happens to us. We broke down a little bit up front on a couple of runs, I think, in some short yardage situations that were critical. It wasn't the physical aspect of it at all, or the effort. We all know that they're a good football team. I also think we're a pretty good football team. I think we've got a long ways to go in this program, but I think we're seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. I'm just happy how they competed to get it to 28-26 and have a chance. In the first half I thought offensively we played really well. In the second half we kinda stubbed our toe some, but we played good on defense, and then we made some big plays. We got stopped in the red zone twice. Give them credit. We end up kicking two field goals as opposed to scoring 14; so…we had a chance. I felt if we could get into the fourth quarter against them that we'd have a chance, and we did. It's like I said, that kickoff just turned everything around."


About appearing to pooch-kick it so much this year...

DE: "Our plan was to do that in there. We weren't kicking it off very well, really; so we decided to do that. We did it one too many times. Two times it worked, and then the third time they set it up. They knew we were going to do it. I thought they did a nice job of making an adjustment, but I mean we missed tackles, too; so, you've got to make plays. There were some things in our kicking game that were very good. The blocked punt obviously was huge. We do some things good in the kicking game, and then some things aren't very good."


How tough was it to settle for fieldgoals instead of touchdowns on the two big momentum turning plays (interception and blocked punt)...

DE: "It hurts like heck. I mean, you get six points instead of 14. You've gotta get in the end zone on those opportunities. Had it been close on fourth down, I would have gone for it, but we get knocked for a loss and now it's fourth and three or four, and then when they roughed the kicker, or whatever the heck they called it, it was still fourth and three; so I felt we needed points...as you look at it through my eyes, it was my decision, but you've got to get points. Against them, when we play a team like them, you'd better score touchdowns if you want to win. We couldn't do that down in there."


About getting off to a fast start against a team like BSU...

DE: "We felt they [BSU] are a good starting team. I mean they come out and jump on everybody pretty good. We felt if we could do that, and actually it was the first time that we had the ball on the first possession [this season]. Usually we defer, and we went down and scored, made some good plays the second time and so forth, but we came out and played. I mean, we played hard. I can't ask our players to play any harder than they played. We just made some mental mistakes, and that was the difference in the football game in my opinion."


About Bronco runningback Ian Johnson...

DE: "He's big time. I knew that going in. You watch him on tape, you watch him every time he plays. You can't tackle the guy. You'd better have three or four guys there to tackle him because he's got such great vision and such great feet that, you know, he just finds ways…I mean, you can say what they want, but that guy does a lot. They've got a good front, but that guy's awfully good."


About taking anything positive away from this game...

DE: "I don't take a damn thing away from this. I don't. I don't take a damn thing away from it, other than our guys played hard. We've got four football games left. We have a chance to have a decent season. That's all I'm worried about. We competed. I knew we would compete. We did that, and we had a chance like I said in the fourth quarter to win the game. That's what we wanted going into the game. We're sitting there 28-26. We've got the momentum going; so what we asked for we got, and then like I said that one play, and then they took advantage of it. Good teams take advantage of it."


About the Dome and the crowd for this game...

DE: "It was great. It was great. That's what it's all about. I mean, college football is about what happened today on a campus like this. It's very special when you're a campus like the University of Idaho. I've been in different arenas in my life, where it's campus life, and that's what it's all about. When you get all those students there, and they do what they do and you get that environment, that's what college football is all about, and that's what college, to me, is all about. Hopefully they'll continue to stay with us the next couple of games. That's what we've got to do. We've got to be consistent with playing and our fans and our students."


BSU deferred the first possession, giving it to Idaho. Why did Erickson want Idaho to take the first possession (Idaho would have accepted had they won the toss)...

DE: "Because I didn't want them to have the ball. I mean, they've taken it down every time they've played somebody; so we wanted to try to get that momentum going, and we did. Some teams you kinda look at who you're playing and decide what you're going to do there. That was our decision."


About Flowers today...

DE: "He got hurt...he hurt his ankle in the second quarter. And Max Komar hurt his shoulder...a separation; so Flowers I would assume probably has a chance to be back. I don't know about Max. I don't know about the other injuries that we had. You don't worry about them, just get somebody else in there. We'll see tomorrow where we're at."


About the "Statue of Liberty" play they ran...

DE: "We hadn't seen it. It's the old "Statue of Liberty." I've seen it [before] of course...I've seen everything. That was a good call. We hadn't seen it [from BSU]. Even if you'd seen it, that's kind of hard…that was well designed. They've got trips out there. They had thrown the bubble screen in that formation earlier. They line up the same way and then ran that play. That play, that wasn't the difference in the ball game. When you have momentum you've got to keep it, and that's what's disappointing."

"I just want to say they're a frickin' good football team. Where we're at right now, I hope they go to the BCS. I know our AD does."



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