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September 20, 2014 at 8:26 PM

UW’s Chris Petersen: ‘The first half was about as bad a football as I’ve been around maybe ever’

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Quotes from UW coach Chris Petersen after the Huskies’ 45-14 comeback victory over Georgia State:

(opening) Let’s start with the positive because I’m just such a positive guy: I thought the kids’ play in the second half was good, was inspiring, was the way football should be played. I thought the first half was about as bad a football as I’ve been around maybe ever. I want to give Georgia State credit; they were executing and doing a nice job. But it wasn’t anything that we hadn’t seen before, and for whatever reason the kids didn’t show up to play in the first half, and that’s on me. So we’ll analyze, we’ll adjust and get ’em going.”

(Did you sense that coming during the week?) “Nope. I thought we practiced hard. I thought we had probably our best week of practice. I think for whatever reason, you lose your edge for one second around here, that’s exactly what will happens.”

(Are you guys ready for Stanford?) “Did you just see what I saw? I know we’re not ready.”

(halftime) “The approach was, everybody just needs to do their job. That’s the bottom line. Stopping looking around at what’s going on. Take care of your responsibility. Get your energy up and go play. It’s not rocket science here. It’s pretty easy: You could see there was very uninspired football the first half. To those guys’ credit, they did adjust. Sometimes there’s a tendency to panic a little bit, and I thought they honed in and focused and got some things done.”

(on John Ross) I think he’s week to week. We really don’t know. We’re still just trying out … he did some stuff later in the week. We’ll see. We’ll know more in a few day. … He’s got a leg injury.”

(How much did some of Georgia State’s blitzes surprises you in the first half?) “They didn’t surprise me in the slightest. Obviously, it surprised our entire offense.”

(on Cyler Miles) “I thought he was getting blitzed, things weren’t getting picked up. On occasion when they were, I thought he panicked. That’s what I saw from the sideline.”

(Was it in the gameplan to call on Lindquist to run it?) “Yeah, we had that little package for him. The first time we ran it, it was pretty darn good. We need to keep coming back to the well until somebody proves they can stop. So a good job Coach Smith to keep coming back to it.”

(on Marcus Peters) “Really nice interception on that (second) one. I know he drug his foot. … It’s good to get these turnovers. Our defense was trying to hold in there. I thought Georgia State had a good game plan in that first half, kind of short passes and hitting them in the seams. They can throw the ball. They threw for a lot of yards the week before and they proved that (again). So that shouldn’t be surprising to our guys that they were going to come out doing that.”

(Was way Peters responded consistent with the way he played all week?) “He did everything we asked. He came back and practiced hard. Again, I thought our team practiced hard. I don’t know why we didn’t show up. You just lose that edge a little bit, and that can happen.”

(on Georgia State going after freshman corner Sidney Jones) “Yeah, Sidney’s got to tighten some things up. I think it’s more of an attitude adjustment than anything else. We just gotta play harder and play tighter. We have enough in our arsenal all three phases to help guys out. We just need to play better. We need to play tighter coverage and fly around better, which we kind of saw (in the second half). Everybody’s good when it’s all going good. That’s kind of front-runner mentality. Again, I thought our guys played hard getting us back into it. I was pleased with the second half. I’m just still irritated on the first half.”

(on injury to Georgia State running back Kyler Neal) “That’s hard for me to know exactly how that changed their game plan and all those types of things. I think it just always comes back to us. It shouldn’t matter if they’ve got all their guys or don’t have their guys. It probably did affect them quite a bit and helped us.”

(on absence of Joe Mathis) “Joe took some personal time off here. We may have him back; we’ll see.”

(on Jesse Callier, who was in a boot after the game) “I don’t know. I don’t have any idea on that.”

(is this a strange feeling after a big win?) “Well, again, we’ll pick out the positive things and build from there. But there’s a lot to learn from the other side. Our whole thing is, Are we playing as well as we can? And I think everybody in this room knows the answer to that, and I think that’s when it gets really frustrating. Hey, if we get beat and we play well and they’re just better than us, you don’t like it, but you can live with it. But when you’re not living up to your potential, for whatever reason, that’s just really sad and irritating to a coach.”



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