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October 9, 2006 at 1:21 PM

Quick Monday update (Updated)

Washington’s weekly media luncheon has just concluded with one twist — there were no players available. UW officials said it was a one-time thing to give the players a full day off — Monday is their official day off during the week, though eight to players typically come to the luncheon. They said Saturday’s game had nothing to do with it.
So that left only Tyrone Willingham, and as you might imagine, the final two seconds and the fake field goal were main topics of conversation.
I’ll have a lot more later here and in the paper, but here’s a quick summary:
— Willingham said he thought the Huskies should have had at least four seconds to run the play, adding that he never had a chance to talk with the officials about it. But he also said that UW should have been able to get the play off and he took the blame for that, saying it is his responsibility to have the team prepared for those situations. The team practices late-game situations all the time, but nothing quite like what happened Saturday, he said.
UPDATE: Here’s about the best quote from Willingham that captures his overall sentiment about what happened Saturday.
“Regardless of whether it was five or two seconds on the clock, I felt like we should have gotten a play off,” Willingham said. “And I just didn’t do my job to get us up and over the ball quick enough to get it done.”
— He said the fake field goal looked legal. He said even without Steve Smith, USC appeared to have the needed seven men on the line of scrimmage. There is some debate about whether Smith was on the line or in the backfield, but Willingham says it doesn’t matter because the play was legal, regardless.
— As for injuries, he said Dashon Goldson and Jason Wells should be able to play this week despite their concussions. He said Isaiah Stanback suffered a hip pointer but he expects Stanback to play, as well.

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