“Last game was a lot of RPOs which we hadn’t done a lot this whole year,” Robison said. “So it was just kind of me getting acclimated back into doing that every single snap.”
Robison’s decision-making drew Kiffin’s ire immediately following the loss.
Two days later, during his weekly conference call, Kiffin brought up Robison’s choices again, lamenting the fact that his quarterback didn’t make a decision when he needed to.
“They are named RPOs for a reason,” Kiffin said. “Run-Pass options, not run-pass-hold-the-ball, RPHO.”
Robison’s poor decisions contributed to as many as five of the seven sacks the Owls surrendered on Friday.
He ended the night minus 47 yards rushing.
“They weren’t doing anything that was surprising or anything, it was me not making the right decisions,” Robison said. “I saw it happening and I still did the thing I knew I shouldn’t be doing.”
On Tuesday Robison still wasn’t certain what prompted his poor decisions.
“I couldn’t tell you,” Robison said. “I don’t know why exactly I was doing it. Maybe just because I was trying to be a hero, trying to make plays all game instead of just doing what I was supposed to do.”
Robison threw for 362 yards but the Owls didn’t find the end zone via the pass for the first time since Week 2 against UCF. He did rush for two one-yard scores.
That performance came one week after completing only 16 of 30 passes, covering 149 and one touchdown, in a win over MTSU.
Robison said he hasn’t lost any confidence and is eager to face Old Dominion (1-6, 0-3) on Saturday.
“I know I’m one of the best quarterbacks in the conference,” Robison said. “Obviously, a bad performance two weeks in a row, that shouldn’t really affect me. I have a lot of people, especially the team, expecting me to do my job. I can’t get down on myself just because I played bad, because I have to play good this week.”