No. 6 Oregon was beaten by Washington 37-34 on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
Dan Lanning recaps the Ducks’ second loss of the season.
Below is the transcript of Lanning’s post-game press conference.
“Our guys played the whole game, they certainly didn’t give up, they didn’t throw in the towel. You have to give credit to Washington; they played a complete game and we made more mistakes at the end of the game which hurt us. This game sucks me 100%. Our players put in a phenomenal effort and I think we shot ourselves in the foot several times in the first half and were able to move the ball much better in the second half. That being said, we couldn’t stop defensively. Things we need to tackle in the future.
On what Nick Saban or Kirby Smart would say to a defensive coordinator who allowed 400 passing yards and long touchdowns
“They would watch the movie and try to figure out why, then they would come up with a plan of attack to move forward.”
On the message after the game
“The message was ‘I love this team.’ We didn’t finish this game the way we wanted but we’ve been a connected team all year and it doesn’t change anything because of this result My love is not based on the result of this game I love this dressing room, I’m proud of this dressing room, we didn’t play the way we wanted to and that’s really on me.
On the Penalty for Illegal Touching
“I was told the guy was out of bounds. I can’t wait to hear more explanation, but just that he went out of bounds and came back and touched the ball.
On the second riddle of the decisions fourth down
“We sat in this room and talked about when they worked and now we’re sitting in this room talking about when they didn’t. The onside (kick) was my decision. The guy moved a bit and it wasn’t there, we thought it was there earlier in the prep. Then on the fourth try, we fall and slip, it’s going to be difficult to convert in this situation. You may look back and say “we should kick over there”, but you also think that if you get that first down you probably have a chance of winning the game.
On what happened in the fourth decision
“We were able to run the ball there in the second half, I don’t know if they stopped us much there, that’s probably the only negative play of the whole second half in the running game . We felt like we were going to fall forward. We’ve been a team that can get a yard or two consistently this year and we haven’t.
If he kicked the basket if Nix hadn’t gotten hurt
“Be determined. We had a game ready that we felt like we liked, certainly we could potentially win the game. When that situation changed, it changed our approach.
On the third defensive struggles
“We missed a few layups early on, you know, I think we had a free runner in the very first period; he got scrambled, you have to do this game when you get the chance. It was a bang-bang game there at the end of the long touchdown. We had a guy who looked like he was there, who didn’t play the ball, we have to improve to play the ball in this situation. I don’t think it’s a thing here or there, just a few moments that we have to go and assess.
On half-time protective adjustments
“Establishing the running game in the second half probably created a bit more time there.”
On Bo Nix’s status and the decision to bring him back
“We will always think first of the health of our players. At that point, we felt like he couldn’t go and wanted to have him evaluated to see how things were going with him. He came back and said ‘coach, I feel like I can go’, I asked if he was sure, the medical staff said he was fine so we came back with him.
Passing from defeat
“We have a tight dressing room. I think our players recognize that and it won’t change their approach.
Consider calling a timeout for the early jump ball to be reviewed
“There was a thought. At the end of the day, a tie is going to go on offense when both teams show possession, so we were pretty confident it would end up being the same result.
On fixing repetitive defensive issues
“We’ll have to go and see. You play with the same group, you play with the same pattern. Sometimes you have to figure out what you can do better. Obviously we can still improve there.
On the long ride and the high snap
“We were in a good sequence, we had a good rhythm. It will happen sometimes, but that’s no excuse. Our guys had confidence in this race and obviously did a great job in this series. If you go back and watch this game, you’re going to see a multitude of times that we really got stopped and we weren’t necessarily stopped.