Dan Lanning, Oregon focusing on penalties after Texas Tech win
Dan Lanning said the flight home from Lubbock, Texas, over the weekend was a mixed-emotion flight.
Lanning was proud of the poise his Oregon Ducks showed to erase a nine-point second-half deficit in what proved to be a very challenging environment. But they also had mistakes in the game that needed to be acknowledged.
“We always talk about Monday’s our day to go to the doctor,” he said when he met with reporters Monday evening. “We were able to go to the doctor and acknowledge a lot of things.”
Chief among them: penalties.
Oregon was flagged 14 times in the game, resulting in 124 lost yards. Oregon had four false start penalties on offense, an illegal formation, and an illegal substitution. On defense, the Ducks were flagged for pass interference three times.
“First thing we put up in front of our players today was a penalty, and then acknowledging how that drive finished when we had a penalty within that drive,” Lanning said. “False start, punt. False start, punt. False start, punt. Pass interference, touchdown. Pass interference, touchdown.
“Really just recognizing if we eliminate some careless errors and figure out some ways to drill those things in practice, it’s gonna make us a completely different team. And I think that game could have looked a lot different.”
The procedural penalties on offense are one issue. In a sense, chalk those up to the environment and the situation. First road game, raucous atmosphere, tense moments. The Ducks have been in that situation now, so the hope going forward is there will be a little more comfort in similar moments.
The penalties on defense, though. Those will be tested again this week.
Hawaii is eighth nationally in pass usage. They throw the football 42.5 times a game. (Texas Tech is ninth at 42 a game.) Quarterback Brayden Schager is No. 1 nationally in passing attempts, with 30 more than the No. 2 player. Both have played three games.
Trust the Hawaii coaching staff will see what Tech was able to do and will try to put the Ducks’ secondary in positions to draw interference penalties.
The Ducks, for their part, plan to address it in practice this week.
“How do you create those situations specifically in practice? I think all three pass interference (penalties) that we had were all different,” Lanning said. “Creating some out-of-phase drill work where the ball might be a little bit underthrown and you have to be able to play the ball, play through without making drastic contact with the man.”
Lanning thought the pass interference call on Mase Funa was a situation where Funa needed to turn his head and find the ball, but he didn’t think Funa was in panic mode. Lanning did think Khyree Jackson was in panic mode on his penalty, though, and wants to see a play on the ball in that spot.
(He thought Tysheem Johnson’s call was iffy.”
“All those can be coached and there’s drills we can do to make those better,” he said.