VIDEO: Washington Defensive Coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski Post-Game - Oregon State Beavers

Dawgman.com's Kim Grinolds spoke post-game with Washington Defensive Coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski, whose Dawg D held Oregon State to 257 yards as the Huskies beat the Beavers 52-7 Saturday night in Corvallis.

On if Nick Mitchell struggles made it easier today “I think the guys started off with a three-and-out. We go down and score and then go three and out. We started fast and the guys played pretty well. I think the one long run where we didn’t finish on the tackle. It was a good day for the Dawgs.”

 

On Travis Feeney chasing down Paul Lucas “Yeah. Until he crosses the goal line that’s what it’s all about. It was an unbelievable effort by Travis getting him down and we were able to hold them to a field goal and they missed the field goal. That was a big time play.”

 

On the difference between the OSU he saw on film and the OSU he saw today “I think it was guys were getting off of blocks. We had a lot of three-and-outs in the first half. They weren’t getting in any sort of a rhythm. I think our guys were tired of not being able to finish and wanted to start fast and they had a chip on their shoulder and went out there and showed it.”

 

On getting deeper rotation players more minutes in the second half “Its awesome because now those guys get real life game reps. Now we can coach off of that and show them what they did well and what they need to get better at. Any time you can get the backups game reps, live reps, that’s huge.”

 

On why Azeem Victor didn’t start “Yeah he just wasn’t taking care of business so Scotty (Lawyer) got the start.”

 

On preparing for the Apple Cup “Other than following them all year long I haven’t put much thought into it yet. It is Apple Cup week and that’s why we’re getting out of here and getting back and start getting ready for those guys.”

 

On what kind of challenge the Cougars present “Huge challenge. They’re playing with an unbelievable amount of confidence and just the amount of production that they’re putting up as an offensive unit is impressive. We have our work cut out for us for sure. One of the things that stood out was the other side of the ball for those guys has played a lot better this year. They’ve won a lot of close games. We have our work cut out for us.”

 

On the key to their success against the pass “I think the combination of the guys in the back end being a year more experienced so that’s all the reps and experience they got last year paying off. And this year they took it to another level as far as they’re preparation and being able to execute. You pair that with changing up coverages and getting a good pass rush all goes hand-in-hand.”

 

On what changes defensively without Travis Feeney “You lose his athleticism coming off the edge. He’s extremely fast, long, very productive. Any time you lose an athlete, a guy like that who’s played a lot of football, it’s always going to be an issue.”

 

On starting Scott Lawyer instead of Azeem Victor “Scott Lawyer deserved the start and Azeem (Victor) didn’t. Bottom line.”


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