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September 23, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Fouch talks about the hold

There were a lot of obvious heroes in Saturday’s win over USC. But as is always the case in such wins, there were also people doing a lot of support work that’s easy to take for granted.
One of those Saturday was backup quarterback Ronnie Fouch, who got the hold down for Erik Folk on that final kick, a game-winning 22-yarder with three seconds left.
Fouch is the team’s backup quarterback and the holder since the beginning of last season.
And he said the entire sequence of snap, hold and kick went about as smoothly as possible.
“It was clean,” Fouch said. “He kicked it pretty good and I saw it go right down the middle. It was fun.”
Fouch got some residual fame in the process as a lot of the stories on the game that ran nationally featured a picture of Fouch and Folk celebrating.
“Everybody back home was watching the game and was excited that we beat SC,” he said. “That was the most exciting thing, that we won the game.”
Fouch said there was no time for nerves for anyone involved in the process.
“We try to go out there as relaxed as possible,” he said. “I can’t act nervous our there or be nervous or have negative thoughts. I just told Erik ‘just do it like we do it in practice.’ And (long snapper Danny Morovick) told him the same thing. And we just executed like we do every day.”
Some fans have wondered if there shouldn’t have been a penalty on USC for interference on the play as a Trojan defender appeared to run into Folk — coach Steve Sarkisian said on his radio show last night he thought it should have been called.
Said Fouch: “Yeah, I saw it. It could have been a questionable interference, but the game is over. We made the field. So I don’t think the ref was trying to call that at that moment.”
Fouch became the holder last year after the graduation of Carl Bonnell, who had handled those duties for most of the previous four. Fouch did it one season in high school and was asked when he go to UW to try it again by then-special teams coach Bob Simmons.
He’d never held for such a dramatic kick before but said he had no doubt it was going through as he headed out to the field.
“He is gaining a lot of confidence,” Fouch said of Folk, who had some struggles during fall camp. “He’s getting better every day, and the team, we are all confident in him and behind him. After that game-winner, everybody is 100 percent confident he can provide for us in clutch situations.”

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