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December 2, 2007 at 2:07 AM

Post-game notes, thoughts

Sorry to be away for a while but had to do player interviews and handle other post-game duties, which wasn’t easy as this was a chaotic setting afterward.
Security appeared to be letting everyone on the field except for a few of us Seattle media types who wanted only access to the locker room, located behind the end zone, forcing us to slog our way through the crowd to another entry.
As for the game, here’s my main game story here which isn’t appearing in any newspapers but is a web-only story solely due to the deadlines involved. That story has a lot of the nuts and bolts of what happened so I won’t rehash any of that. It also deals with a little of the speculation of what may or may not happen now.
I can’t imagine there won’t be a change or two on the defensive coaching staff — defensive coordinator Kent Baer did not talk to the media afterward and also skipped his regular Wednesday meeting with us this week so there was no chance to ask him what he’s thinking. As for anything greater than that, as my story said, president Mark Emmert was here today and said only he was still evaluating the season. He’s due back in Seattle Sunday while the coaches and players are staying until Monday, an extra day that won’t be quite as fun now the way this one ended.
Jake Locker finished with 76 yards rushing for the game — he needed 90 to get to 1,000 for the year so he came up just shy.
Cody Habben suffered an ankle injury in the first half and sat out the rest of the game and had his foot in a boot.
— The Huskies had 130 yards rushing in the first quarter on 24 carries and just 131 on 26 the rest of the game — just 72 on 20 in the second half. UW coaches and players said Hawaii tightened its defense after the first quarter to take away the run and forcing Jake Locker to throw, the same drill everyone eventually gave the Huskies this season.
— This was an especially frustrating defeat for the Huskies. Several players, including Juan Garcia, left the locker room in full uniform after the locker room was opened and walked down a tunnel to watch the celebration on the field, surely wondering when something like that will happen with them. Garcia didn’t talk to the media afterward so no chance to ask about his future though coaches expect him to return.
— This was the eighth game this year UW led at halftime, losing four. This was also the third fourth-quarter lead lost in the last six games — Arizona, Washington State and Hawaii.
— Hawaii became the sixth team this year to gain more than 500 yards on UW, and the Huskies set school worsts for points allowed and average yards allowed per game, on course for both coming into the game.
— Willingham said the travel mixups Friday had no impact on the game.
“Our guys played a heck of a football game. The travel did nothing. The travel was a heck of an opportunity for our guys to do a little more bonding. They sit around, had fun, played cards. It’s not the ideal location playing in the airport terminal, but our guys are resourceful, they know how to handle themselves and they made a good situation out of it.”
— Asked about the defense, Willingham said “The truth is we didn’t do well enough. That was the tale of the tape. We didn’t do well enough offensively, we didn’t do well enough defensively, even though I think we played a heck of a football game on both sides because that is a very talented offense. They do a lot of things very well.”
I’ll have grades in a little while.
— UW’s Roy Lewis wasn’t that impressed by Hawaii. Asked where they would finish in the Pac-10 he said “probably last. To really be honest. They’re a good team for the conference that they are in, but the Pac-10, I think there are just too many heavy hitters. Once teams get their number and have the right plays called, that system, like all systems, can be broken. You can find glitches in the system. They run their system very well, don’t get me wrong, but there are some glitches that can be put out there.”



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