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August 31, 2008 12:24 PM

Tyrone Willingham quotes

Posted by Bob Condotta

Here are some quotes from UW coach Tyrone Willingham after the game:

Overall thoughts on the game: Obviously the outcome was one that we didn't anticipate. We felt coming in that we would fare much better than this and we would have a chance to win the football game even in this environment. The disappointing things were one, that we did run the football as well as we thought we would, and the defense giving up too many big plays that didn't allow us to keep their offense in check.''

Were the problems in the running game up front or in the backfield? "It was all of the above. There were some opportunities we had to hit some and we didn't, and some opportunities that we didn't block them very well. They did a nice job of keeping the ninth guy down in the box and we couldn't find the right way to get him out of there.''

On the Jaison Williams TD: "I think a miscommunication. We're playing a technique where our corner plays in between (to cover the run and pass) and we didn't communicate it well. That's what it was.''

On Oregon running the no-huddle at the end of the game: "I think they were consistent all day in how they ran their offense. There's wasn't a deviation from the beginning of the game to the end.''

On the freshmen: "I thought it was a learning experience for them. I thought in some areas they did pretty good, probably our tight end got his first start and thought he did a pretty good job overall and I thought there were some other guys who played and made some plays. ... But there was no area where we can feel very comfortable about right now in terms of saying that area played very well.''

On Jake Locker's health: "I think the hamstring was okay. ... You could see at some points in the game he was kind of tired because he ran the ball a few times in a row. But I think he came out of it okay.''

Any injuries: Said it was pretty good overall but that "(Mason Foster) was cramping, we had a few of that. (Jermaine) Kearse was affected by that also a couple of times during the ball game.''

Thoughts on the pass protection: "It wasn't well enough. I won't put a letter grade on it, but obviously we didn't do well enough, especially early in the ball game. We didn't give ourselves enough time to get the ball off.''

On how the young players may be affected: "The great thing about youth is they are more resilient than others. They will bounce back.''

On what he told his team afterward: "I told them there was a better team in the locker room than we showed on the field. I do believe we can run the football. I do believe we can pass the football. I believe we can tackle better.''

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