Dennis Erickson Quotes and Scrimmage Statistics
Aug. 17, 2002
Corvallis, Ore. - 'It was a great defensive day, but I was very disappointed how we played offensively. We have improved offensively in some areas, but not enough. We have to make great improvement on offense over the next 10 days or so to have the opportunity to be as good as I hope we will. Defensively, we are playing well enough to compete with anybody, but offensively we are not. Again, I'm personally very disappointed with our offense. We showed no consistency on offense, we made some big plays, but frankly I'm having a problem finding a positive to say.
I thought we did some good things in the kicking game, I feel we are making real progress in that area. I think our placekickers are doing a good job, I have confidence in both of them (Ryan Cesca & Kirk Ylinemi). I want to make a decision on who our kicker is, I want to stick with one. I'm actually a little relieved right now -- Ryan is kicking a lot better and with confidence.
I think our timing is off on offense, we are making mistakes, we're missing assignments, we have guys dropping balls, making bad throws - those combinations kill drives. We just can't depend on the big play -- we have to be more consistent. I thought we ran the ball fairly well, but we need to improve there as well. It's not just one place on offense, it is a lot of areas.
I really hope the lack of offensive execution is a result of our defense. We are a defensive football team, I hope it's one of the better ones in the country. I guess I really don't know for sure until we play somebody, but I certainly hope our defense is making our offense look bad. I've been in this situation many times - Miami was like this every year - I mean our offense couldn't get a first down. When we finally played a game our offense played very well, so I certainly hope that is the scenario. I can't guarantee that's the situation here, we'll find that out soon.'
August 17 Statistics
Kenny Farley, 1-4-1; James Newson, 2-21-0; Jayson Boyd, 2-52-0; Deondre Alexander, 1-3-0; George Gillett, 1-5-0; Travis Brown, 2-10-0; Dwight Wright, 1(-)5-0; Mike Hass, 1-25-0; Nate Brentano, 1-12-0; Josh Hawkins, 3-27-0; Dan Haines, 2-59-1; Josh Farrell, 1-2-0
Punting (No-Yds-Avg)Carl Tobey, 3-122-40.7; John Millar, 1-35-35.0
ScoringRyan Cesca, 38-yard FGRiley Jenkins, 11-yard runKenny Farley, 4-yard pass from Derek AndersonRyan Cesca, 38-yard FGRodney Landingham, 1-yard runKirk Yliniemi, 38-yard FGRyan Cesca, 32-yard FGAric Williams, 34-yard INT returnDan Haines 2-yard pass from Adam RothenfluhKirk Yliniemi, 38-yard FG