VIDEO: Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen Post-Game Briefing - Arizona State

Dawgman.com spoke with Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen post-game after the Huskies lost to the Arizona State Sun Devils 27-17 Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

On the end of the game “We did nothing. I kind of go back a little bit on offense. We have to do something on offense. If everything is not lined up just right we just have a hard time making plays. Momentum will swing hard and put pressure on our defense. We were in the red zone a couple of times, get knocked back, go backwards, and we have to kick a long field goal that we missed. The first half we didn’t make some plays on the ball that I think would have gave us some points. We just have to figure out how to finish.”

 

On if missed opportunities in the first half can weigh on a team even if they lead at half “Yeah, I don’t know. I think they felt okay about how things were going. They went out and executed better than we did and finished better than we did in the second half. That’s the bottom line.”

 

On the biggest difference between the first and second halves “We’ll put the tape on and see what it was. We were mixing it up pretty good in the first half with the running and passing. We still had some things open that we didn’t make plays on. In the second half we didn’t do anything as well. I think that starts a little bit with the run game. We didn’t run the ball as well so now we’re kind of on our heels throwing it a lot. We had chanced but we didn’t make the plays. They didn’t need to sustain anything.”

 

On if he thought he was beyond some of these mistakes with the offense “I thought we would have played better. We had chances. Some of the chances that we had, I thought we could have made some of those plays. Obviously we’re not. That’s the bottom line.”

 

On if this was the most frustrating loss “I think they’re all really frustrating. I really do. I think you keep working and they play hard. I think it’s really frustrating to them. It’s frustrating to all of us. It comes down to we have to execute better. They keep playing hard, but that’s not going to be enough. Now it comes to getting over the hump to be able to execute and make plays. When they do that we’ll spark ourselves; we’ll get energized, play with emotion down the stretch but that’s what we have to be able to do. It kind of starts a little bit in the red zone. We get down there and not great there. We have to continue to build skill. I think it’s just having so many young guys it’s a little inconsistent too. And some old guys too. We don’t make plays. We’ll go from there.”

 

On the frequency of drops “It’s frustrating because you feel like everything has to be just perfect for us to move the ball, like sustain things. All the boxes have to be checked. We’re not there enough to create some things. It’s not all perfectly lined up that guys can go up and take a ball away. I think we had one of those today. Break a tackle and throw a slant route and away we go, those type of things. A couple weeks ago we had a little bit of that against Arizona. It was kind of changing the game. Guys were making more plays. It will come.”

 

On if ASU adjusted to stop Myles Gaskin second half “ No. I think they were kind of doing what they were doing. Put the tape on. They’re a major pressure team. Our guys came out and were blocking pretty good early on. Second half, I don’t know. We’ll put tape on. We’re asking them to do stuff that we’re capable of doing. I don’t know. It’s kind of the same kind of scheme. We had some answers if they were going to bring this or they were going to bring that, bring this blitz or run that.”

 

On pass protection “Pass protection, I think we knew where guys were coming from. I do. I think that’s part of the whole thing, being able to I.D. their blitzers. I think we were on that. I think some guys broke down.”

 

On needing to win the last two games “I look at this like it’s a good thing. No margin for error now. It’s all chips in and it’s pressure on. That’s how it is. There’s no leeway. I like that. I think that’s maybe what we need, maybe that extra boost. Maybe it will help us in practice a little bit. It’s going to have to come in practice. We’re going to have to have a sense of urgency in practice to make these little detailed catches and throws and protection. The pocket needs to be a little bit better and cutting guys off in the run game and all those different things. We have to wrap up all the time, not most of the time.”

 

On what Jake Browning needs to do in clutch situations and if he is trying to hard to force things “Yeah. I think so. That will come. I want to put the tape on and look at it but from my vantage point it’s like ‘just throw it away. We’ll live to fight another down.’ I think one of the interceptions we had I think was a little bit of a mix up between he and the receiver if he was going to curl it or break it in. That comes back to us as coaches making sure they’re completely on the same page. A couple of those throws it’s like we need to hold those. We need to know we can make throws.”

 

On if attacking the isolated high safety was part of the plan “Yeah and we had some of those receivers kind of running down the seam with him early on and we didn’t hit those. Jake (Browning), he threw some really nice balls. We threw it a lot. We knew we were going to do that. If we get a little more accurate and give our receivers a little more of a chance on a couple of those it might change the game as well. He’ll learn. He battles. The one thing is I know that guy will learn. I know he’ll get better from it.”

 

On if he was confident that throwing that much was the right game plan “I think so. We still tried to run it. You saw what we did in the second half. We don’t want to get on our heels. We still need to run the ball effectively to be able to throw it. We’ll look at it. There are always calls that we’ll go back and analyze those.”

 

On how much missing Dwayne Washington hurt “We have other guys. We do. We have guys that can step up and make plays. It always hurts to have guys that are starters, but we have some depth and we’ll get Dwayne (Washington) back here shortly and go from there. That’s not why we didn’t score any points in the second half.”

On if the injury to Dwayne Washington is season-ending “No.”


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