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September 4, 2010 at 9:52 PM

UW-BYU post-game quotes

I know you have a lot of questions about the game. A lot of them are best answered in the quotes of the coaches and players themselves, so here they are talking about some of the key issues in this one.
UW COACH STEVE SARKISIAN
On the running game: “We thought we had some things formationally to attack them with, and we definitely were going to utilize Jake (Locker) more than we had and I thought we were able to do that. And then once we really came in and assessed what was happening when we were in two backs they were too physical for us and knocking us around, so we went to more of a spread look and able to create some runs that way and create some space.”
On whether he was surprised how physical BYU was: “I knew going in — you guys asked me what were the keys going into the game that that’s a physical football team. They are physical on both sides of the ball and they play hard. They’ve got a real belief, which I think is a lot of it, if not all of it. They believe, they play hard and they can knock you around, especially when it’s those moments that are critical when it’s third and one and we are running the football and we are not getting it and it’s third and run and they run the football and they are converting.”
On whether that is due to being on the road: “I think it’s part of that. We are finding out as a program we are finding out it’s hard to win on the road against really good teams, and that’s a good football team in a tough environment. We were obviously in a very good situation at halftime and for numerous reasons in the second half we don’t score a point. You are not going to win (when that happens).”
What were some of those reasons?: “Well, I think again the field position is a factor. Right off the bat where we are getting the ball. Two, our ability to create turnovers, or lack thereof, is a factor — we were not able to change some of the momentum of the game. And thirdly when we are crossing the 50 we are not scoring points and that can kill you. The fourth quarter, three times we were on their side of the field and we came away with no points and ultimately that is on me — we’ve got to do a better job.”


On trying to get Jake Locker running between the tackles: “They secure the edges really well. They are a 3-4 team and they’ve got those outside backers overhanging and they weren’t going to allow Jake to get outside — that was their game plan — and we tried to exploit them up the middle with some things and thought we had some decent sucess with that. The one sack we gave up we probably could have thrown the ball away and not given up that sack when it’s there and one and they know we are running it and we know we are running it — our ability to knock the people off the football is conncenering to me, and it’s been concerning and we’ll continue to stress it and work it because it’s such a big factor in the ball game to extend drives and it didn’t work out today. We’ll get better.”
On going for it the first time in the fourth quarter (the one that ended with the pass to Kearse: “I thought one of the big factors in the game was field position and they did a great job of manging the field, and ultimately what happened to me is we had to work so hard to drive the football the length of the field that by the time we got down there and looking at the clock and I believe there was seven and change (actually, 12:32), I felt like ‘man I don’t know how many opportunities we are going to get. I really liked our play call we had someitng we had dialed up and ready for that situation and we went with it. Hindsight is 20-20 that we had the ball back down there late in the game with an opportunity that if we had kicked a field goal and made it we had an opportunity to kick a field goal to tie it. Unfortunately the situation we were in, we weren’t able to do that. I think the key for me and for all of us is that every game is different, every situation is different, and when we get in those situations, we’ve got to assess them very carefully. If you asked me now, yeah sure I would have loved to kick it so we would have a chance to tie the game at the end. But at the time I wasn’t thinking that at all — I did it without hesitation.”
JAKE LOCKER:
On the first fourth down — “They covered it pretty well. It was a good call. They ran a great cross, so there were guys that were dropping out, so they were bringing pressure up the middle and we ran a play to try and get out on the edge, force them to either take me or Chris and they had two guys out there. It was just a good call and we weren’t able to convert on it.”
On it just being one game — “As a football team we played with good effort. We shot ourselves in the foot and made mistakes that were crucial in the game, I believe. We moved the ball in the second half and then we kind of stall out on a series and put ourselves in a difficult third-and-long at the end of that series. We just need to focus on sustaining drives, other than getting a couple of first down and think we’ve got it made. We got to continue to push at that point.”
On field position — “That guy did a great job putting the ball tight to our end zone. It’s always different. Your backed-up calls are going to be different than what you call in the middle of the field just because you’re working so close to your goal-line. Whether you like it to or not I think it’s definitely gonna because of the situation.”
On running the ball — “We were able to be successful on a couple of plays, but I think they did a pretty good job for the most part. Our running backs were able to create a couple explosive plays though, and get into the secondary.”
On the pass game — “I think there’s things we need to clean up. We were in position to make plays, but missed throws, missed catches…just didn’t maybe finish. We did really good getting to where we needed to, I felt good with where I went with the ball pretty much all day. But I missed a couple. We need to make plays when they present themselves. I was seeing the field really well and I felt really good in the pocket. We had some big plays in the passing game, some explosive plays and we were able to get the ball downfield and kind of change the field a couple of times for us. But again, when we had some big third downs, some big opportunities down the field, we didn’t connect on them.”
On this loss maybe being more disappointing than others — “It’s never fun to lose. Now we have to understand like coach said – It’s one game. One game doesn’t define your season. We have a lot of things we can build off from this game, and we need to go back and look at the film and find what those things are.”
On the field position battle taking its toll — “I felt like we were able to get out of there a couple of times pretty well, and for one reason or another we weren’t able to sustain those drives. Sometimes we went three and out, but for the most part we were able to kind of get ourselves out of there pretty well. We just need to continue those drives and find ways to put points on the board.”
On it feeling like the first game of the year — “As a football team our effort was pretty good, and when you’re playing hard you can fix the other stuff. So we need to look at the film and see which areas we can improve in and fix those for next week.”
On special teams — “I don’t think you can ever point to one phase of the game, because I think…you talk to coach (Sarkisian), you talk to any defensive player, you talk to anyone on offense…we all left things out there on the field. It’s not always going to be perfect. It’s not always going to be on the 20-yard line going out or the 30-yard line going out…those are the drives that, when you’re able to convert on them, win you football games. When we’re able to take those and turn them into positives for our football team is when we’re doing really good.”
On the road woes — “It’s a new season and we have one road loss, and we have a lot of road games ahead and that’s how we need to approach it.”
On their physicality — “We knew that coming in that they were going to be a physical football team, they always played very physical. We knew that’s the kind of game we were going to get. I thought up front we did a pretty good job opening up holes for the running backs and creating lanes and in pass protection I thought they did a good job as well. I thought we did some really good things.”
CHRIS POLK
On what happened to the offense in the second half: “I think we just made our own stuff up. We didn’t do what we were coached to do, we just came out there and tried to do our own thing. When we were doing what we are coached to do they couldn’t stop us. Every play was working for us but we just made our own stuff up.”
On the offense overall: “We knew what they were doing — they couldn’t stop us on offense. We just stopped ourselves. That’s just something we’ve got to work on and get better in practice.”
On what he meant by the players making their own stuff up: “It’s just like not paying attention to our reads and taking mental vacations and doing what we are coached to do.”
JERMAINE KEARSE
On missing final-quarter opportunities: “A lot of mistakes that we had out there. We definitely had good play calls out there, we just didn’t execute the way we wanted to.”
On no rhythm in passing game: “Hats off to them, their defense played well. They had a real knowledge for the game.”
On being disappointed: “Pretty disappointed. I had a couple drops, which isn’t the usual for me. I felt like there were a lot of plays out there I could have made, and didn’t come down with them.”
On the TD in the first quarter: “Jake saw the mismatch with the LB, and we capitalized on that.”
On the tripping call in the third quarter: “I guess they called it on me. I cut the dude, and to continue to keep him down, I was rolling. I guess they called a tripping on me. I didn’t think (it was a trip). I didn’t know what I did wrong.”

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