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September 6, 2009 at 12:08 AM

Post-game reaction

Steve Sarkisian said it simply enough in his opening statement to the media — “I’ll say first, there are no moral victories.”
But if there are, then this was one, as the Huskies felt they had a lot to take away from this one.
“Obviously we are not happy about losing the game but definitely we saw some positives we can build on and I definitely know we gained the respect of our team tonight,” said linebacker Donald Butler. I think he might have meant opponent. But whoever he meant, the Huskies certainly did earn that respect, as Sarkisian also noted.
“I’m very proud of our football team,” he said. “They played hard, they played physical, they fought through adversity, they competed until the last second on the clock, and that’s all we could have asked for coming into this ball game. I think the initial goal I set earlier in the week is that when this game was done, that other football team respected us. I have a feeling they respect the Washington Husky football team.
“With all of that being said, it;s not acceptable. We play the game to win, and unfortunately we were in the red zone five times and we settled for four field goals and had a turnover. That’s how you can lose. We talked about the turnover battle coming in and we talked about red-zone execution andd those were two areas that didn’t happen for us and I think that was the key to the ball game.”
LSU coach Les Miles left impressed by the Huskies.
“The football team we played today was a very good football team,” he said. “That Jake Locker is mobile and accurate. They designed a nice scheme that complements what he does. They had a nice back that an run the football and they are going to be nothing but better. My hat’s off to that new coaching staff. It appears to me they’re well prepared and organized. It was really a very good effort. I can tell you that team will be the most improved team in the conference and we’re very thankful we came, performed the way we did and came away with victory..”
Said running back Charles Scott: “We came out and I’ve got to give props to Washington. They came out and played a hell of a game, they made a stand against us, and they dominated. We just had to fight back, make a few adjustments, and overcome some of the stuff we’re not used to seeing.”
UW players agreed they felt the effort was a lot better than a year ago.
“We were definitely more focused coming into this game. We were all focused on what we needed to do instead of what we thought they were going to do.”
Added Alameda Ta’amu: “We were a lot more focused getting ready for this game, and we were all working more as a unit. We all felt like brothers coming into this game. We all wore this black bracelet on our arm; we were like a band of brothers getting ready for LSU. The team was just so close before the game. We were ready.”
Given all of that, what the Huskies regretted most were the mistakes they made that they felt were the difference.
“We cannot have any (dumb) plays,” Ta’amu said. “We played really well today, but we shot ourselves in the foot with penalties and turnovers.”
Sarkisian took some of the blame himself for the red zone stuggles.
“I’m going to take some of it,” he said. “I call the plays and obviously the plays that were called weren’t good enough, and if they were good enough, then we didn’t quite execute them the way we wanted.”

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