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September 18, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Sarkisian post-game quotes

Here’s some of what UW coach Steve Sarkisian said after today’s game:
Opening statement: “Let’s start with giving them credit. That’s a good football team that beat us today. They’re well-coached, which is what we thought coming in. They’re physical, which is what we thought coming in. And they were athletic. You’ve got to give them credit where credit is due. Unfortunately, we didn’t play the way I think we’re capable of playing, and I’m not going to back off of that. I know we’re a better football team than what we put on the field today, in all three phases. I know we can tackle better than that. I know we can throw the football better than that. I know we can protect the ball better than that. So, fortunately, the non-conference schedule’s over — those weren’t conference games. We get a bye to 1, kind of heal our wounds; we’re kind of beat up right now, 2, fix some of the problems we’re having, assess where we’re at, and then get back to work to get ready to face a USC and start Pac-10 play. It’s unfortunate this day went the way it did because we’re better than that. We’ve got to find a way to maximize our potential and play to our potential.”
On Jake Locker: “This is the top pass defense in America. Those guys are really good. Um, they were good. They’re playing with DB’s all over the field. They made plays that I haven’t seen in awhile. Their safeties are making plays on the balls. It was hard to get open, and when we did, I thought maybe Jake was pressing a little today, like, ‘I finally got it where we need it, now, goll, I need to get this one.’ And then we didn’t. But I don’t know if we’re going to see a better secondary than we saw today. And I don’t know if people are going to apply more pressure than Nebraska did today. So I’m not putting it all on Jake’s progress and him becoming the quarterback that I know he can be. I’m going to put it on: these guys played pretty good football today. And unfortunately, we didn’t play very good team football.”
On physically matching up: “I was obviously encouraged by the first scoring drive by us and that we were able to move the football by running the football. That gave me some encouragement offensively. It was just hard to sustain, as the game went on. As we saw, defensively, they just wore us down. They did a good job. They’re a big, physical team, they stuck to the plan of really running the ball, and it wore us down.”
First play of the second half being a backbreaker: “It was. We were there. When you miss tackles against a guy like that, he doesn’t just hurt you, he kills you. And you saw that right there, to go, boom, 80. What was encouraging was that we came back in two plays, touchdown. And then they, boom, touchdown. And it just kind of felt like when I was back playing in the WAC, and things start going, and games start getting crazy, and they can get out of hand. I just wanted to get the game back under control, and we weren’t able to do that.”
On the coverage teams: “I thought we got a little better. I thought the one phase of the game that we really improved on was the one I was most concerned about coming into our game, was our punt team. I thought Kiel was terrific today. He punted the ball well, we protected well, we covered relatively well. The one return they get, there was a block in the back that kind of springs it. And our kick coverage got a little better today. I think we’re still a little hesitant. Erik (Folk) hit the ball a little better, we got more hang time on the ball, and we covered a little better, so we’ve just got to continue to push and strive for even better than that. We’ve got to try to pin people deep. Too much, the one big kickoff return they get we were attempting a pooch kick, Erik kicking the deep all day, covering to sideline and we’re covering to the side, so they get a big one off that.”

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