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October 3, 2009 at 7:21 PM

More post-game quotes

We actually have to get on the road and travel to Indianapolis for tomorrow’s Seahawks game, so I don’t have the time tonight to do as much post-mortem as I might normally like.
Instead, I’ll pass along a few quick thoughts and some links and hand out the grades later.
It was obviously a very upset locker room afterward.
Jake Locker was so upset he asked not to speak to the media, something he has never before done.
Coaches said they understood how he was feeling.
“He played his hard out and he’s disappointed that we didn’t win the game,” said offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. “The kid played his butt off and we fought and came up short.”
Said head coach Steve Sarkisian: “I just think we battled, we competed and it was a very tight game, an emotional game. It stings, it hurts.”
Sarkisian, though, also found some glimmers of good news in the way the Huskies rebounded from last week’s tough loss.
“The effort that we played with was the right effort,” he said.
Here are a few more quotes from Sarkisian:
On the overall game: Well, great college football game, you know, for everybody. It was exciting. Obviously it’s frustrating when you had an opportunity like we had there in the fourth quarter to put the game in a situation to be a two score game, and we weren’t able to do it.
You know, the bottom line is this game came down to we had two opportunities to score touchdowns from the one yard line, two separate occasions, and we came away with three total points. That’s the bottom line.
Our kids played hard, I’m proud of them, and they battled a very good football team, a very well coached team. Our kids played hard. I’m proud of them.
On the decision to kick the field goal to go up 27-22: I wanted to make it a situation in the game where the field goal, just the structure of the game gave us that opportunity. Trust me, I thought about it, and you know me probably as well as anybody in the room right now. I’m very aggressive. I believe in our guys and I believe in what we do, but at that time that was the right thing to do.
On Notre Dame’s two-point play and whether he thought the runner was stopped: “I couldn’t tell. I couldn’t tell. I didn’t know where he was, I didn’t know if the momentum had stopped. It’s tough to tell when you’re not right on the line of scrimmage. It’s tough to tell.”
On the passing game today: “We thought we had an opportunity to spread them out and run some things on the perimeter. We didn’t execute the way I wanted to early in the game, but we came out in the third quarter and started executing the way we wanted to, and our guys performed well. We functioned.”
On the third-quarter stand where Locker was stopped on two sneaks: “Well, when we got down there, we obviously did some things to get to that point, and then there’s not a whole lot of secrets, but we have a great belief in our quarterback, which I think we should. He’s a tremendous player. He’s a tremendous athlete. So we sneaked twice in a row. The first one was so close, we almost challenged it. So we came with a different formation and tried it again, and they did a great job. You know, they did a good job. It was so close. It felt almost odd when you look at both drives, I’ve never seen guys get tackled that close to the goal line that many times. I don’t know if maybe some frustration set in on my part or on our kids’ part not getting in the end zone, to make it a mindset thing. But great job on their part of just staying tall and believing in the next play, and they held up. ”
On the fourth-quarter drive that ended in a field goal after Chris Polk’s apparent TD was reversed: “To score a touchdown and then it get called back, there were some big 3rd down conversions in there. It was, like I said in the opening, a great college football game. For all the things that happened in this ballgame, I think as a fan everybody loved it. It obviously hurts in our locker room right now. Our kids performed with great effort, and it was something we wanted to address after last week’s game versus Stanford, and I thought they did that. We played extremely hard in a very good college football game. Unfortunately it just didn’t come out for us.”
His thoughts on the replay: “It looked good, but there’s no replay in the stadium, so we have to go with what they said. If he was down, he was down. We’ve got to call another play. The thing when you look at it from our perspective is we didn’t get in the end zone after that. And when you have the ball 1st and goal at the 1, you should score a touchdown, and we were not able to do it.”
On the defense’s play in the red zone: “It was huge. They were able to move the ball. They’re a very good offensive football team. We knew for us to really play the way we wanted to play on defense we had to create turnovers, which we were obviously able to do; and two, we had to hold them to field goals, not touchdowns in the red zone, and we were able to do that. Our defense gave us an opportunity to win the game, no doubt.”



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