Keith Gilbertson Post Game Quotes

With Fresno State leaving Husky Stadium celebrating with their visiting fans, the Washington Huskies quietly left their home turf to head up the tunnel looking ahead to the next week and correcting the kinks in their system. With five turnovers leading to 28 points, the Huskies know that they have issues to resolve and a long two weeks ahead of them to prepare for their first conference game. Huskies head coach Keith Gilbertson met with the media after Sunday's game to discuss his thoughts.

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    "It's tough enough to play good teams when you're playing good and you're not turning it over, but when you turn the ball over at the pace that we did today and you give an athletic team 28 points, then it's going to be a long day. I am really upset and I'm not happy about the turnovers. We just threw a couple right to them and threw a couple of them on the ground and gave them 28. I don't know if we made much progress at quarterback today as much as I hoped we made."

    "I am pleased with the way our defense played and tackled and held a very potent offense in check, and I was pleased with our special teams although we missed two field goals early on and that could have given us six more points and that has been a problem for us. But I think Michael Braunstein went in there and gave us a nice kick and we'll give him the lead in that department."

    "At quarterback, we'll just go back to square-one."

    "I think Kenny James and Zach (Tuiasosopo) ran very well, but pure and simple, we just turned the ball over and gave them too many easy ones."

    On the quarterbacks
    "We have to go back and re-evaluate everything we did today and look at this real hard and whether you like looking at it or not, we'll learn something from it. It's just the way it is. I'm not surprised that we struggled a little bit, I'm just upset because we gave the ball away on the ground and throwing them away. I didn't young guys can go out there and pitch a perfect game against a team that's athletic and they had all summer to prepare for you, but with the ball on the ground and the way it was, we've got to take a long look again and start over again and see if we can get better and find a guy."

    "I felt really good about where Isaiah (Stanback) was and he had one good series and then sprained his ankle on that touchdown run and then he was limited."

    "I was pleased with the way Casey (Paus) moved us at the end of the game and he made some good throws. I think Casey is the starter and we'll go from there. I don't want Isaiah to be discouraged, and I think Carl (Bonnell) went in there and did some good things, but we stared some guys down and we threw a ball out into the flat when we had no business throwing out there and it ended up being 14 points. They're too athletic and they don't screw it up much."

    On whether or not the QB race is between two or three players
    "I don't know. I need to come in and look at the video."

    On the play of LB Joe Lobendahn (16 tackles, 10 solo, 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack)
    "I think Joe is a really fine player and he's a tough guy. I think he got a little bit of a stinger that bothered him in the second half."

    On Kenny James (17 rushes, 75 yards, 1 TD)
    "Good tough runner. Gets yards, breaks tackles, and moves it down."

    On the play of QB Casey Paus (18-for-39, 189 yards, 1 INT)
    "I think he missed some routes and some throws early in the game. I thought he came back in the second half and threw the ball well. I think on the last drive he threw the ball well to get us a touchdown. But then the one the kid picked, he stared him down and he read him and got a nice jump on the ball."

    On the play of FB Zach Tuiasosopo (2 rushes, 51 yards; 5 receptions, 47 yards)
    "He's a good player. He catches the ball in the backfield and makes the blocks, he gets yards. Zach is a good fullback and a football player."

    Team's confidence after the game
    "Until you win a bunch of games, you're always going to have it one the back of your mind. I don't think our guys will walk in here on Tuesday and act like the world just ended. But we have to take note of what happened to us today. We gave a really good team four easy scores. You can't do that. They're very talented. We can't throw the ball around the park like that and leave it on the turf like that."

    On the overall play of the defense
    "I'm really pleased. They had one touchdown drive, and we had a chance to get out of it on 3rd and 8 but they threw a big ball down the boundary and the kid made a really good play. I didn't think our guy made a good play on the ball and it ended up being the only touchdown they worked for."

    On the overall play of the offense
    "I don't think we got the ball down field in the passing game as much as I would have liked to. I think we missed some throws. We had open receivers and didn't hit them. We weren't really good in the passing game. I think their secondary did a nice job against our receivers. We tried everything we could think of to get the ball to Charles (Frederick) and get him more touches. He didn't get as many as we would have liked to have given him."

    "I'm not surprised that we didn't look like we did in our previous years. The turnover thing, I'm alarmed at it. I'm disappointed but not discouraged. This isn't going to set well with me but at the same time, this is a great team to coach and these our great kids and I can't wait to get in there and get back with them on Tuesday."

    On the early bye week
    "I've been a real outspoken critic of byes this early in the season. I think the bye is valuable when you're in school, when you play a few games, and when you can get some people back healthy."

    "I wouldn't mind having a bye when you're playing conference. This will be a long time until we play again."

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