DeRuyter wants improvement despite blowout win

September 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter insists there was no symbolism behind it, but when Derek Carr dropped back to pass on Bulldogs' first play of the game, from his own three yard line no less, a statement was made.

"I don't know that it's symbolic as much as it's we're going to be aggressive," said DeRuyter. "I want our team to feel like anywhere on the field we're going to make people not just defend the run. They're going to have to defend everything."

While the final score was lopsided, Coach DeRuyter still found plenty that needed to be fixed.

"A lot of technical things went wrong that we've got to get cleaned up," said DeRuyter. "A couple of the penalties were of an aggressive nature and some of them were dumb on defense. So we want to play right up to that edge."

Even the offensive tempo, part of DeRuyter's trademark "Fast, Physical, Fanatical" style, was disappointing to the new coach.

"We're going to address it this afternoon with our team," said DeRuyter. "It probably looked fast compared to maybe what they were used to in the past, but I believe we only ran 65 plays. We've got to push that much closer to 85."

"Really early in the week I expect us to be pushing the tempo a lot at practice," said Quarterback Derek Carr. "As soon as we run a play I'm sure we'll have a ball guy already have the ball placed where they next one is supposed to be and I'm sure we're going to have to sprint to run the next play."

Both Carr and DeRuyter now get their sights set on fifth-ranked Oregon. They know leaving Autzen Stadium with a win is a daunting task.

"They present tremendous issues offensively with their speed, with their tempo, with their athletes and with their schemes," said DeRuyter.

"I'm just really excited to go out there and compete against Oregon," said Carr. "Not a lot of people have faith in us. I love it that way. And I hope it stays that way all year."

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Pacific, and will be shown on the new Pac-12 Network.


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