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October 26, 2014 at 12:51 AM

UW’s Chris Petersen: ‘Obviously, it wasn’t efficient enough, it wasn’t good enough’

The Huskies are unable to prevent Arizona State's Gary Chambers from scoring on this 7-yard pass play from Taylor Kelly in the late in the fourth quarter. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

The Huskies are unable to prevent Arizona State’s Gary Chambers from scoring on this 7-yard pass play from Taylor Kelly in the late in the fourth quarter. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Quotes from UW coach Chris Petersen after Saturday night’s 24-10 loss to No. 14 Arizona State:

(opening) I thought our defense played really, really well. I’m proud of those guys for how hard they fought. And Im’ proud of our offense as well. Obviously, it wasn’t efficient enough, it wasn’t good enough. I feel bad for Troy (Williams), being throw into his first start and having to deal with winds that were tough. It’s hard enough being a brand-new offense against a really good defense, and then (add) in those conditions.”

(What was the plan coming in with Troy Williams and how did wind affect that?) “I think the wind really surprised us. We started hearing reports coming in last night. We’re used to playing in the rain — we can handle that. But they (ASU) played better in the weather tonight than we did. We’re going against a really good defense and then to have to deal with that also was tough. They executed

(Why weren’t you able to run the ball like you did on the field goal drive?) “That’s a great question. I don’t know. You sit there from the stands and from the sideline and go, ‘it doesn’t appear that hard. What’s going on here that hasn’t been going on all game?’ So we’ll put that tape on and figure that out. They got into a little bit of a rhythm. We got Arizona State on their heels a little bit which was good. We got a little tempo going. But I just know our run game needs to be more effective and efficient for us to do what we need to do on offense, which is score more points.”

(Where do you think you fit in Pac-12?) “I don’t know where we fit. I really don’t. I think every game’s going to be like this. I really do. In terms of just a hard-fought game. I think our defense has played pretty well most of the time. We’ve just got to get better on offense. That right now is where we’re not good enough and we can get better and we will.”

(Do you expect Cyler Miles back next week?) “Cyler should be back. We don’t want a guy to have to lose his position to an injury. That’s not the right thing. But I think it’s good to get Troy the reps he got today in really tough conditions. I think he’ll feel better about himself and learn a lot as we move forward with that whole thing.”

(So was Cyler available?) “He was available. He just hadn’t practice a whole lot. We just didn’t think that would be right or fair to Cyler or really the other guys, as well. Troy practiced well all week and he can do some things. It’s hard … you can’t see him with that wind. That really handcuffed us hard. Like I said when we started this, playing against a good defense, first start, then you throw the wind in there. that’s tough on anybody.”

(on Lavon Coleman and Dwayne Washington?) “I think Lavon — had we not had Shaq, I think he would play. And even Dwayne maybe if we really had to have him. Both those guys did practice all week. We don’t hit our guys a whole bunch in practice. I think Coop and Shaq were a good 1-2 punch and we’ll get those other kids healthy and get them going.”

(on Trevor Walker’s injury) “I think it’s never good when a guy doesn’t return to the game, but I don’t have the specifics on that yet.”

(on feeling after John Timu’s pick six) “I think everybody felt great. Even though we weren’t doing anything on offense, somebody needed to spark us, whether it’s John Ross on a kickoff return or John Timu on an interception return. It was awesome. I think the kids really felt like we were going to win the game. We just weren’t efficient enough. You’re playing a really good team and we’re just not efficient enough on offense to do what we need to do. We show flashes. You guys saw the drive or whatever. It’s frustrating to us all why that can’t show up more.”

(on the third-down pitch to Shaq near the goal line) “It’s a play we’ve worked on quite a bit. I’ll have to put the tape on and see exactly what happened. That was ugly. We felt comfortable we were going to be able to get something done and get the edge and get him out in space and away we go. They may have overloaded that side. I don’t know how we were anticipating. I can’t answer that until I look at the tape.”

(On the penalty on John Ross’ long kick return) “I’m pretty confident the guy that called the penalty, it might have been on another guy. But the guy they said it was, I don’t think he was blocking anybody. He wasn’t really even doing his job. I don’t know. It might have been another guy. But I didn’t see anything.

(On having tape now of Troy Williams) “This game tape’s a little bit tough to analyze, these conditions. but I do think the experience he got out there, just being out there, I do think that helps him and helps us down the road as well.”

Chris Petersen

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