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November 8, 2014 at 8:21 PM

UW’s Chris Petersen on 44-30 loss to No. 18 UCLA: ‘The first half was extraordinarily disappointing’

Chris Petersen

Reaction from UW coach Chris Petersen after 44-30 loss to No. 18 UCLA:

(How hard was that to manage without Hau’oli?) “I think we could all feel it, I think you guys probably felt it, that Hundley is a heck of a quarterback and when he can ang in there and not feel pressure, things change. That coupled with (UW) being young back there (in the secondary), it’s not a good combination for us at all.”

(Danny Shelton said guys up front were probably trying to take on Hau’oli’s job then too) “I didn’t feel that. Danny probably knows better than me being out there. Brett Hundley is good at finding those creases and running. That’s what he’s done the last handful of games; that’s part of his game. The main thing is we just couldn’t get to him as much as we needed, even just to put some heat on him and keep him throwing on his back foot. When he can stand back there like that, it makes it tough on everybody.”

(Stinger for Hau’oli?) “Yeah, he had a bit of a stinger issue.”

(You said you needed a good, clean game against a team like this. How close are you to that?) “Well, the first half was extraordinarily disappointing. UCLA’s good and they were able to bring their ‘A’ game and we certainly did not bring ours. And then once we got embarrassed a little bit there, we go into the locker room and kind of adjust ourselves a little bit and we can do some things. … We gotta get everybody up to speed as fast as we can and we’ve got to compete harder all the time. I thought they did a really good job in the second half. We’ve just got to do a better job in that first. It’s a four-quarter game, and if we get behind too far it’s tough sledding to get back up.”

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