Nick Aliotti calls out Mike Leach for record 89 passes in loss
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday October 20, 2013
Nick Aliotti was not happy Mike Leach kept throwing the ball in Oregon’s 62-38 win over Washington State, and he wanted him to know it.
Washington State broke the FBS record with 89 completions and Pac-12 record with 58 attempts, all from Connor Halliday. The Cougars had 12 rushing attempts for the game, none in the fourth quarter.
Washington State scored a touchdown with 11 seconds left, and Aliotti did not appreciate that. (Warning: explicit language)
“I know I took a little bit of heat for (being upset a week ago), and I’m trying to smile and enjoy the win, because I’m a competitor,” he said. “I used a bad choice of words. I’m pissed off that they scored those last two touchdowns. I know you can’t print ‘pissed off,’ and I know I’m not a diplomat and I don’t care if I’m a diplomat. I really don’t.
“All I really care about is winning games and if the kids get better and we play hard. I thought we did that in the second half. But that’s total bullshit that he threw the ball at the end of the game like he did. You can print that, you can send it to him, and he can comment too. I think it was low-class and it was bullshit to throw the ball when the game’s completely over against our kids that are basically our scout team, OK? Make sure he knows that, because I don’t really care.”
Aliotti said the Cougars wanted stats, but Oregon got the stat that mattered most, the win.
Leach wasn’t asked about Aliotti’s comments, but asked about the record, Leach said he had a team pass for more when he was at Iowa Wesleyan.
Aliotti was able to turn his own “stats” comment into a positive, though.
“I’ve never been in a game where a team throws the ball 89 times. Usually, you hope a team doesn’t get 89 snaps,” he said. “I knew they were going to throw it a lot. I think they rushed for two yards on 12 carries, so we’re going to have some great run stats. Think about that. We might be No. 1 in the country against the rush. I’m loving that, on a lighter note.
“You know what was kind of cool? There were 89 and 32 is 121 passes. How many pass interference calls were there? Zero. There’s a method to the madness. There was zero in 121 passes. That’s almost impossible. Think about it. Think about that.”