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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 22, 2008 at 7:21 PM

A little more post-game reaction

There was some interesting post-game reaction.
First, Tryone Willingham again defended his stewardship of the program by noting how bad the program was when he got it — an increasingly hard-to-defend stance given that he’s now in his fourth year.
“Obviously if you’re the head coach at this time, you take responsibility for what’s going on. But, it should also be noted, the day that I arrived, what the state of the program was. … I take responsibility for where we’re at, but there’s also a process”
Then later, he was asked if he would definitely be on the sideline for the Cal game.
Willingham stared at the questioner without giving a response, then after a follow-up said “I think it’s a bad question.”
Willingham then said “you should stop asking the question” and said he would have the ”same answer” every week.
The most debated call of the game was Willingham’s decision to punt on fourth-and-three with the ball at the WSU 36 and 1:04 left in the game. Willingham thought it better to try to make WSU go the length of the field then trying to run the ball for three yards and just end the game right there.
But at least one UW player, RB Terrance Dailey, questioned it afterward.
“We were going to run a stretch to the right. It’s a three-yard stretch in open field and I really thought I
could get it. Coach just wanted to be safe and punt it, but I don’t know, we might have been able to get
that.”
As for the pain of the loss and what it means to UW’s season, Donald Butler might have said it best: “0-11. That’s self-explanatory.”

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