Dennis Erickson Post-Game (UI vs Hawaii)

Idaho (4-5, 3-2 WAC) went into last Saturday's game tied for second with Hawaii. But after a three hour dismantling in Aloha Stadium by a hard-hitting Warrior defense and relentless UH offense, Hawaii earned sole possesion of second in the WAC. As Idaho prepares for a key home game against Nevada (5-3, 2-2 WAC) Saturday, we look back at coach Erickson's comments following the loss to Hawaii.

About the game in general… "We couldn't slow them down, couldn't stop them. We couldn't move the football. The only chance we had in this ballgame was to control the ball a little bit, and try to eat the clock up. But we couldn't do that in the second half…couldn't even get a first down. They were playing great offensively, Brennan was on fire, they were catching it and throwing it. That's how it is. You've got to give them credit. That's an awfully good football team, but we made them a lot better. I'd be surprised if they lost many games, but we played terrible."

What happened defensively… "If I knew what was happening defensively, it wouldn't have happened. They executed and we didn't. I wish I had an answer…if I did it wouldn't have been 68-10."

How will the team rebound against the Wolfpack… "I don't know. We just got embarrassed; got the crap beat out of us. We've got to rebound. We'll find out about our character - what we're all about - next week. Reno's a good football team, they won today [UNR beat NMSU 48-21 in Reno]. We've just got to rebound ourselves. Get back on a plane, go home, and re-evaluate where we're at."

About the Hawaii offense … "I knew they were good, but we made them awfully good. It's a very tough offense, and then when a quarterback is playing as well as Brennan was playing…I mean, he was on the whole time. Every time we thought we could get him into a situation defensively on third down he'd pull a play out and they'd make catches, and they ran the football really well. Offensively, I don't know that I've seen one that productive in all my years of college football. Obviously they've got some tough games, but I'll tell you what, offensively they're about as good as any I've been around."

About the Hawaii defense… "I don't know if it's about getting "hit", it's about getting beat. It's a little easier to hit guys when they're getting their rear ends beat. We knew going in that Jerry [Glanville] has done a nice job with that defense as far as the intensity level. They're a lot better on defense then they've been. They have a good offense, but their productivity on the defensive side is what makes them a really good football team."

About the differences between Idaho and Hawaii, although both teams came into the game with the same conference record and tied for second… "They executed offensively, and everything they did was right. And, our early schedule was a little different then their schedule. They're getting better and better…when you have a quarterback that executes like he's executed, they're catching it, and they're front is playing pretty well. I knew going into the game we had to play perfect to have a chance to win this game."

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