"The mistake I made on the triple Axel is a mistake I haven't made in quite some time," he said. "This is the first time I haven't done a clean short at nationals since 2001."
Though clearly disappointed, the skater said he looked forward to redeeming himself in the free program Sunday afternoon.
"I'm down far enough now that I have nothing to lose," he said. "I'm trained as well as I can be for the moment.
"Right now, I'm very disappointed with myself. I can't wait to get back to the hotel and cry in the shower for an hour."
Lysacek, asked whether it felt strange not to have Weir at the post-event press conference, replied, "I think we all feel for him tonight. I didn't see him skate, but I saw his scores, and I think he had a rough performance. I hope he gets a good night's sleep."