VIDEO: Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen Post-Game - Utah Utes

Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen bemoaned overall sloppiness from the Huskies in his post-game remarks as UW lost to the No. 13 Utah Utes 34-23 Saturday night at Husky Stadium.

Opening “Frustrating ball game, to say the least. We were really hoping that we’d go out there and swing toe-to-toe with these guys and for us to do that we couldn’t give them anything easy. We were hoping going in as coaches and having basically five turnovers, 24 points in the second quarter, gives a good team like that and you almost give yourself no chance. With that being said, the guys rallied in the third and played them to a draw in the second half. You know it is not going to be good enough against a really good football team like Utah. Disappointing. You know it’s a little bit like how the season has been going. Some really good flashes, some good football out there, and some really bad football with some turnovers and dropped balls. Even our tackling at times wasn’t what we needed it to be. We still have a lot of ball to play and some things to clean up.”

Getting close to having that big win coming through in the fourth quarter? - “We are close. I think that is one thing that is frustrating as a team. There is a lot of closeness. It’s not good enough. We practice that a couple of times a week and they do it fairly well. It needs to be a little bit cleaner in the games."

Couple touchdowns called back - how hard was that? - “It’s crushing. That was huge. Having two touchdowns called back and then giving them a touchdown on offense, those are really hard to overcome - especially when you are playing someone that is really pretty good. You know, give those kids credit. They play hard, they fight hard. No issues with any of that. We just have to get better. We just have to get more detailed. We have to take care of the ball better, running rub routes and those types of things.”

How much can you attribute the mistakes to youth? - “I think it’s just frustrating to everybody. It’s frustrating to them. It’s frustrating to us. It’s frustrating to the fans. That’s the only way I can describe it. They are working their tails off. We are making some progress. Playing a team of this quality, we couldn’t come in and play sloppy. You are going to have a turnover or two. We get that. With the dropped balls and turning it over, then giving them a touchdown and then turning it over again…then go down five, eight - something like that. It is frustrating at times on that side of the ball. We are getting some things done, so it’s just a combination of tightening that up and cleaning it up, because next week is not going to be any easier. Going on the road against the Sun Devils, they have a hard defense to go up against. They blitz you every down and those types of things. We just have to get better.”

On Budda Baker's injury “Well he got dinged in the head. You all saw that. We will just see.”

On Trey Adams' injury “I don’t know. I think he’s okay. It wasn’t his knee or anything like that; he got hit in the leg. So we’ll see.”

On the process when Dwayne Washington fumbles twice “Yeah. You know, that’s tough. Your number one job as a running back is to protect the football. Dwayne is an explosive playmaker and has made a lot of plays for us, but we have to go back to some balls security things and get that ball in there and tighten it up so it doesn’t happen. We will go to work and work extra hard on that.”

On Greg Gaines' performance “We have a lot of good players. That’s why I think it’s frustrating when we don’t win. I think Vita Vea was in there getting some good knockoffs, playing a little more extensively than he’s played. I think those are two players inside. Greg (Gaines), I’m proud of him for stepping up. We do; we have some good young players, we just have to get better. It’s just that consistency thing across the board. I’m proud of how these guys work and I’m proud of how they go to practice. The league that we play in is really good. You guys know all this. We can sit up here and justify things forever. We just have to get better.”

On what happened on Utah’s fourth quarter touchdown drive “I kind of felt like the one thing we could have done a little better on defense is tackle. A little of that goes to (Devontae) Booker. That’s hit M.O. He’s as good as anybody at breaking tackles. A couple times the runs that weren’t even him, I didn’t think we think we did a great job wrapping up and I think we could do a little better there. They keep pounding that guy; he’s going to get some yards. It kind wore on us a little bit. That’s a big offensive line that we were going against as well. It kind of wore us down a little bit late.”

On how he felt Jake Browning handled pressure “Yeah, I did. I though he did some good things. Even the interception he threw, you’re always going to learn from that. That little slant route throwing it off the backer, he needed to wait until that second window. But he had some pressure coming so I know he needed to get it out of his hand. We’ll look at it on tape. He knows what he’s going to do. You’re not going to go out there and not have a turnover. I think he’s been pretty good at throwing into some tight windows and throwing some accurate balls. I thought he played pretty darn good. We’ll look at the tape, but I thought he played pretty well.”

On if he felt the offense progress, even with all the turnovers today “Yeah. I thought we did some things. We had some explosive things. We still ran the ball a little bit. I think you just cut those turnovers in half. Yeah, just not the short fields. It was an eight-yard field. It was a touchdown. It was a 32-yard field, something like that. That’s just back breaking. Listen, you can have one, not three. That’s going to help us. It’s going to give us a chance at least. When you have that you’ll have a good chance against a good team like that.”

On what prompted the wildcat with Myles Gaskin “Just trying to figure out different ways to get him the ball and spread it out. Nothing in particular other than wanting to get him the ball some more.’

On if he felt this was similar to the Cal game at any point “I didn’t really think back to Cal. I just think about sloppy football against a really good team a lot of times doesn’t turn out well. Now, we battled back. We were down by a point and ‘okay, we’re right where we want to be. We just have to make sure that we play good ball and don’t turn it over and let our defense play and those types of things.’ We just couldn’t get that done.”

On the package for Jeff Lindquist maybe having more success eventually: “We need to figure that out. You have one yard to get and, we’ll look at the tape, he had a little bit of an option, he has a read where he gives it or not. I think his read was probably correct, but one thing to remember is that Utah’s interior line is extremely explosive and strong and watching those guys in the third and one, third and short package, we watched those guys for a long time and thought we came up with some stuff that gave us a chance. We watched all of the games and watched those guys, pretty much every team they played, we watched them knock everybody backwards in those situations and they kind of did those things to us.”

On possibly losing momentum taking Jake Browning out of the game: “No question, we have to look at that. Are we being productive? When we’re in the ‘Wildcat’ are we getting things done? We need to look at that. We bring in different guys. I don’t think it’s on Jeff or anything like that, but we have to figure something out to get a yard or two on a highly consistent basis. Those have to be converted. Today I think we were better on third and 10 than some of that other stuff.”

On the process a young team have to go through to learn how to win close games: “There’s so much ebb and flow with this team, with these young guys. We get so far behind and we battle back and it’s right there and then it slips away. I think we just need to learn to play tighter the whole way and then figure out how to get over the hump at the end than have to come all the way back and momentum and all of those things. I know we will. I know we can play cleaner, we can see it. It’s really frustrating for everybody. It’s common sense stuff and it’s just going to go back to how we work in practice to see how we clean up some of that stuff.”

On replacing Korey Durkee with Tristan Vizcaino: “Tristan and Korey have been battling pretty good throughout the year in practice and we had some plans to get Tristan in the game punting a few games back and after (the fumbled snap by Durkee) happened, we wanted to give Tristan a shot and we’ll go back and look at practice and go from there.”

On the big plays to get back momentum: “We needed to do something to get us back into it, so that was huge. It’s impressive. We can do some things. We can operate, we just have to be consistent. Our defense plays at a pretty high level. We just can’t put them in such a bad situation, so we have to move the ball on offense and really a couple of those plays that we fumbled on, those are short passes. It’s not like we were throwing it down the field, so we’ll get back to work and clean it up.” 


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