Media Correspondent Pat Pannu was at the Washington Press Conference for FishDuck.com.
The week leading up to the annual Oregon/Washington football game was full of trash talk and expectations from both fan base and teams. Both sides wanted the win badly and walked into the stadium having prepared to play the best game they possibly could and, in some cases, hope for the best.
The Oregon Ducks walked into Husky Stadium sporting a .500 record for the season, something that they were not accustomed to. They came into the game looking for a win to push them over the .500 mark while the Huskies hoped to put a stop to Oregon’s 11-game win streak.
What followed was a game full of ups and downs for both teams with the Ducks coming out on top, 26-20. One of the major factors for Oregon in the game was quarterback Vernon Adams — back from an injury that kept him out for the last two games and just limited play the game before.
When talking about Adams, Washington defensive back Budda Baker said, “He’s a good quarterback. Able to extend plays for a long time and keep us DB’s on our toes. He had a lot of time.”
Adams’ ability to extend the play was a common theme last night. When asked what hurt the Huskies the most, Washington head coach Chris Petersen said, “Vernon Adams is obviously where we got hurt the most … Adams’ scrambling around and buying time … keeping his eyes down the field to convert third downs … just him ad-libbing and finding guys. Those are hard to defend. All your coverage rules go out the window.”
Talking about how the Huskies did this year versus what they did last year statistics-wise, Washington Huskies’ defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski said, “What’s the saying: stats are for losers. We lost but I feel good about our efforts.” He went on to say about his team “… they battle. They play hard. The other component of that is that you’ve gotta execute.”
On what the Huskies did right, Petersen said that he felt like “our run defense was pretty good. That’s (Oregon’s) a powerful running outfit so I felt we did a pretty optimal job slowing those guys down.”
The kick return after the Huskies’ touchdown really hurt Washington’s momentum as Petersen said that Oregon” answered right away and took the momentum right out of our sails.”
Ending the conference, Petersen had this to say about the Husky team and Adams, “It didn’t feel like we played well enough at all in all phases. Defense we did some really good things but then he (Adams) scrambled around and hurt us.”
Oregon has an open date week next week and will face Arizona State on Thursday, October 29, in Tempe.
Top Photo by John Sperry