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September 22, 2009

Carroll hopes team can rebound

As much as Pete Carroll wants his team to move on and prepare for Washington State, the questions still keep coming about the loss to Washington. It's not the first time Carroll or his team have had to go through this, but it has been clear that what happened in Seattle is still on the minds of the team.

"It is a shock," Carroll said. "But I don't address it that way. We have a way of communicating with how we deal with the setbacks and how we're moving forward that I don't like to be good at it, but I want to be good at it- I guess because we have to."

After passing for only 110 yards against the Huskies, attention has been focused on Aaron Corp's performance as a first-time starter. Yet, after proclaiming him healthy the week of the game, Carroll acknowledged today that Corp might not have been at full strength.

"I don't think he's all the way back yet," Carroll said. "I don't think his arm strength is there. I don't think he's using his whole body. He's been playing with a broken leg for five weeks now. He's compensated in a way that he's not at his best yet."

Having a young quarterback who may not have been healthy meant the game plan had to be changed.

"We weren't getting good results throwing the ball," he said. "So we wanted to see if, in this game, on that day, we could win the game running the football. We couldn't get it going though."

Although the running game gained 250 yards, the Trojans lost two fumbles by the normally reliable veteran backs Stafon Johnson and Stanley Havili.

"Experienced guys get the ball knocked out of their hands in the game," Carroll said. "Stafon Johnson and Stanley Havili and guys that have been around here a long time know you don't give the ball up.

"Stanley's was a very unusual situation, that play will never happen again. He was trying to stay on his feet and (used) his ball hand just for balance. The other one is the ball got knocked out of Stafon's hands, and he's a great ball carrier in terms of taking care of the football."

With a home game against Washington State to rebound, Carroll is focused on correcting mistakes and doing what he has in years past after tough losses.

"So we go right back to who we are and what we know, playing good football," he said.


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