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November 15, 2014 at 5:05 PM

UW’s Chris Petersen explains late-game clock management after 27-26 loss at No. 17 Arizona

Chris Petersen

Here’s video and a partial transcript from Washington coach Chris Petersen’s media availability after the Huskies’ 27-26 loss at No. 17 Arizona on Saturday:

(Why not take two knees on that last possession?) “Well, with our chart we felt like we had to run the ball again and get a first down. They had one timeout left and that’s the information we got.”

(Did you feel like that was the right decision?) “I haven’t looked at it back, but that’s the information I got upstairs.”

(Do you say anything to Deontae Cooper after a tough fumble like that?) “Hey, it’s all of us. It’s all of us. And it’s not any one play. I appreciate how hard those guys played. I really do. They came out with good passion, energy and fighting spirit.”

(And what can do you say to the team after that?) “All you can tell ‘em (is), that’s how the game needs to be played. You need to go out and you need to play that hard and bring it every snap, and we did that. When you do that, you give yourself a chance to deserve to win. That doesn’t mean you’re always going to win, but you give yourself a chance, put yourself in position to do that. And they did that, and against a good team. You make too many errors, too many turnovers, too many penalties — that catches up with you. And eventually, it’s going to slip away.”

(Not the first issues with fumbles between Cyler Miles and Colin Tanigawa) “So we tried to change our center’s technique a little bit during the week to snap it a little bit different, and we’ll look at the tape to see if we’re making any progress there. I know a couple of them he had a hard time handling, and one time the ball just slipped out of (Miles’) hand, and those are hard to explain.”

(on trying to ice the Arizona kicker) “I will say this: I don’t want to call timeout and let him kick it, and I told the (officials) that I was going to call timeout. And I called it twice before they (actually) called it. So it is what it is. That’s on me. I should’ve made sure it was not going to get snapped, and should’ve made that perfectly clear.”

(When you called it the first time, did they just not hear you?) “I don’t know. I guess not. I don’t know. Standing right there. I told him I was going to do it.”

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