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September 27, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Nick Holt talks about the game

Here are a few more quotes from UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt on the Stanford game:
On Stanford running back Toby Gerhart: “He ran his butt off and at times we played really good defense an at other times we missed tackles, didn’t get off blocks very well and stayed blocked, so we need to go back and look at the film and correct our mistakes and just keep getting better.”
On the second half: “I thought the second half wasn’t bad. I thought our guys competed the whole game and the two’s an three’s got in the last series and they were trying to score and we didn’t let them in the end zone for a touchdown. But overall it’s obviously not what you want here at the University of Washington. But we will get that corrected, no doubt, and we will find players an go back to work Monday and see what went wrong and correct it and move on to Notre Dame.”
More on Gerhart: “Give that kid some credit too, but there are some guys that are light load of poles out there that can’t bring him down. But we have to be smart in how we approach a big kid like that, get him around his knees and things like that. But we will learn from it and we will come back.”
On whether there was a letdown: “I didn’t see that at all. Maybe there was but I didn’t feel it out on the field at all whatsoever, and I think Stanford has a good team this year and a good quarterback and a good running back and their O-line is solid and big and they do a nice job.”
On Gerhart’s 60-yard run: “The one long run, their TD, was an assignment error by our kids. We didn’t have a very good edge on the left side and when we missed a tackle by our defensive end he cut back and there wasn’t anybody there. We just kind of got lined up late and lined up wrong. I thought the second half was a big improvement over the first half in some of the stuff I’m talking about. ”
On Andrew Luck’s TD run:Talia (Crichton) didn’t do what he needed to do. He got cut on a fake power and the QB naked and he needs to stay outside. That’s just stuff we showed them on film. But you can’t play for the kid and he will learn from it and get better.”
On rotating D-linemen: “It was both to keep guys fresh and try to get an answer … just (getting) some stronger, bigger bodies in there.”
On the middle of the line: “Our inside guys need to play better. When (an opponent runs) for that many yards, you are staying blocked inside. … We need to have more production inside. We can’t rely on (end) Daniel Te’o-Nesheim to make every play for us.”
On where to go from here: “It’s hard because you need more bodies, but you’ve got to play with what you have. So we’ve got to get what we have better because we can’t make new ones. It’s hard to see where the breakdown was all the time. But we just got blocked and stayed blocked and didn’t do a very good job up front. The front four and the linebackers are getting blocked, and it starts up front.”
On the game and season being a roller coaster: “Absolutely it doesn’t come easy here. We have known as a staff every game is going to be a battle.there was a time late in the third quarter and we were driving and it was 24-14 and our offense has the ball and is starting to do some stuff, so it could have easily been 24-21 and we are back in the game. But that never materialized and we had to go back out there and we have to call on ourselves on defense to get the ball back for the offense. In the second half we did a couple of good things but not good enough to win the game.”



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