Antonio Pierce frustrated with glitches in ugly second quarter

PROVO, Utah – Antonio Pierce, Arizona state defense coordinator, saw his defense give up four closes over 20 yards in an ugly second quarter of a 27:17 BYU win that included a particularly costly flea flicker touchdown.

“Disappointing because there were really four of those games in the first half,” said Pierce. “Things showed up, especially the two touchdowns where the guys were covered and then open. I have to do a better job. I wish I had a better answer. It’s the little things that hit you and caught up with us.

“We knew they were going to take pictures. Individual matchups. Stay with your man, eyes, just do your job. It’s pretty self explanatory. “

Pierce also said the Sun Devils shouldn’t be committing nearly as many penalties, including two 15-yard face mask penalties from freshman defensive lineman Omar Norman-Lott.

“We’ve seen this for three weeks in a row so there must be consequences,” he said. “It has to be a response to these actions that are happening on the field.”

Check out all of Pierce’s post-game comments in the video above.

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