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Dan Lanning takes responsibility to Camden Lewis' parents following Washington loss

20200517_134556by:Justin Rudolph10/21/23
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Oregon place kicker Camden Lewis would like nothing more than to forget about the finish of Week 7’s loss to the Washington Huskies. Lewis had a chance to tie the game at 36 with a last-second field goal but missed the kick wide right. And according to ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath, that missed field goal devastated the Oregon kicker and possibly impacted his confidence going forward.

After Washington State went up 3-0 over Oregon in their Week 8 contest, McGrath revealed that Lewis was extremely emotional following the missed kick. Still, the Ducks head coach, Dan Lanning, stepped up to comfort not only Lewis but his parents as well. 

“After missing the game tying field goal in the loss to UW. He admitted he deleted Instagram and Twitter off his phone this week and told us he was really emotional after the game, crying with his parents. Dan Landing sought them out and told the Lewis family, ‘I believe in your son. He didn’t lose us this game. As head coach, that’s on me,’” said McGrath.  

Lewis’s confidence was still shaky to open up Saturday’s game against Washington State. The Ducks senior kicker missed his opening field goal attempt of 47 yards wide left. But since then, Lewis has bounced back, tying the game at 3-3, connecting on a 27-yard field goal.

Lanning talks stopping Cam Ward before the game

Just before kickoff, the ESPN team covering the matchup caught up with Oregon head coach Dan Lanning to get his thoughts on a few topics; one of which was how he anticipates his team to start off the contest.

“Intense. I’m so proud to coach this team,” said Lanning. “These guys are bringing it today. We’re gonna see it.”

As mentioned above, the Oregon players were intense early on during the week as they prepared for this Washington State matchup. So much so that Lanning, who is a fan of the intensity, had to tell them to dial it down a bit.

One of the reasons why the Ducks were more amped up in practice this week is because, on defense, they had to stop one of the top quarterbacks in the Pac-12, Cameron Ward. And as Lanning explained before kickoff, stopping Ward will be no easy task for Oregon.

“It’s going to be a challenge. He’s a hell of a player, but we’ve gotta have fresh rushers on the field. When they get out there, they gotta go eat.”