Kyle Whittingham: If you had told me Andy Phillips was going to be 12 of his first 14 kicks, we all would have taken that

Full video, audio and transcript of Utah football press conference

Published: Monday, Oct. 21 2013 3:15 p.m. MDT

Kyle Whittingham full press conference video, 10/21

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah football head coach Kyle Whittingham addressed the media Monday in advance of Utah's out-of-state trip to play against the USC Trojans Saturday.

Among other topics, Whittingham addressed Andy Phillips' two missed field goals in Saturday's game at Arizona. The entire text of Whittingham's Monday press conference can be found here.

The portion referenced in the headline takes place at the 7:20 mark of the video. Don't have time to sit and watch the whole video? Download the audio and take it with you on your mobile device.

Kyle Whittingham: OK, I didn’t think we handled the first Pac-12 road trip very well. We came out flat in the first half, didn't play well at all in the first half. You know, run game, run defense, was poor. The back did exactly to us this year what he did last year, which we knew going in, if that happened, then our chances weren't real good.

When you look at everything that happened — slow start, losing our starting quarterback, this and that — we still at the end had a chance to win, and we didn't take advantage. It was 28-21 and we got the ball consecutively, I think, at their 27- and 23-yard line and came away with three points total.

We had chances and didn't capitalize, but we've got to move on. We've got USC coming up this week and another road trip, and we've got to get ourselves picked back up and ready to play.


Reporter: All right, coach, moving forward... Hans Olsen, ESPN 700...

KW: (Laughs) That was very official.

Reporter: Obviously, Travis Wilson, hand issue. I don't want an injury report, but moving forward, if he's there, he's there. If not, what will you do with the quarterback situation?

KW: Well, Schulz came in and did a good job for us on Saturday night. If we're at a point where Travis is not available, we'll have Schulz and Connor Manning take all the reps this week in practice. And if Connor outplays him, then he would be coming out of a redshirt year and being the guy, but that's worst case scenario. I think best case scenario is Travis will be able to go, and we'll be business as usual.

Reporter: Kyle, you had a really, really tough night on third down conversions. Are you getting to the point where you're really seeing and really missing guys like Kenneth Scott and the two tight ends in trying to convert some of the third and longs?

KW: Yeah, something’s wrong, and you’re exactly right. We’re bad on third down on both sides of the ball. It’s not just offensively. It's stopping third down, defensively, we’re near the bottom of the league in both sides of the ball with our third downs and our two biggest nemesises right now — nemesises? Is that a word? Nemeses? Anyways, third down and turnover margin. … We’ve turned the ball over too much. We haven’t taken it away enough, and we’re not doing good enough on third down, so those are the two areas that are critical for us right now.

Reporter: Coach, you mentioned you didn’t handle the first Pac-12 road trip well. Is that something leading up to the game or was that just in the rough season?

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