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Oregon DC Aliotti apologizes for comments

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Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti apologized for comments he made about Washington State coach Mike Leach after Saturday's game.

Aliotti took issue with Leach keeping his starters in while Oregon played its reserves in the second half of the Ducks' 62-38 blowout victory. Oregon led 62-24 at halftime.

"I'm embarrassed that I got caught up in the moment after the game," Aliotti said in a statement. "There's no excuse, but sometimes right after the game the adrenaline is still flowing and I made a huge, human error in judgment. I wish I could take it back, and I promise it won't happen again.

"I'd like to apologize to Mike Leach and (Washington State athletic director) Bill Moos, Washington State and its fans, and Oregon and our fans."

Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday set an NCAA record by attempting 89 passes, including throwing two touchdowns against the Ducks' reserves. That upset Aliotti.

"That's total (expletive) that he threw the ball at the end of the game like he did," Aliotti said after the game. "And you can print that and you can send it to him, and he can comment, too. I think it's low class and it's (expletive) to throw the ball when the game is completely over against our kids that are basically our scout team."

Oregon (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) is No. 2 in both major polls and third in the first BCS poll of the season. Washington State fell to 4-4 and 2-3.
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