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October 2, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Sarkisian Post-game quotes

Here are a few post-game quotes from UW coach Steve Sarkisian after what was one of the more amazing UW wins in recent memory:
Opening statement: “I feel like I just played. Golly. That was a very cool football game to be part of. We challenged our kids two weeks ago after the Nebraska game with their competitiveness, their ability to battle regardless of what the score looked like. And what they gave us these last two weeks in practice I think showed on the field, obviously. We battled. We played with huge hearts. We weren’t perfect by any means. We had a tough time stopping the run and had some missed opprtunities on offense. But to get a critical stop there in the fourth quarter and make those plays, and Erik Folkie, unbelivable. And No. 10, legendary. Those are games were legends are made. I couldn’t be happier for a young man. … He showed us how big his heart was, for sure.”
On fourth down pass to D’Andre Goodwin: “That was just a guy making plays. I thought we had a chance on the fourth down on the drive before but we had the bang-bang play and we didn’t get the (pass interference call) so we came back with a similar play and Jake made it happen. A great play by D’Andre. A lot of guys made plays tonight.”
On the play call on the Keith Price TD: “That was the called play. I didn’t want to put him under center just because he hadn’t gotten any snaps. So I wanted to do something out of the gun and felt like we had been running that fly motion and we had a chance and (Chris) Izbicki was wide open.”
On the feeling at the end of the game: I love this stuff, man. I’m not concerned, I’m not nervous, I’m not worried. I love the emotions of the game. I love how tight the game was. It’s why we do what we do.”
On going for it the first time in the fourth quarter: “There was no doubt in my mind we were going for it. I didn’t even blink. I had made that up on third down.”
On coaching at USC again: “I loved it. It was a great experience in front of all my family and friends, a wonderful experience. One I will always remember, that’s for sure.”
On the thought when falling behind: “We were okay. Shoot, we knew we had a good plan, let’s just keep playing, let’s play. Our kids didn’t get frazzled at all tonight, they just played ball.”
On the offensive plan tonight to spread it out: “We just felt like we had to against these guys. They are a big physical front and we felt the best chance we had was to keep it a spread out game.,”
On Jake rebounding: “I just think he is continuing to grow as a quarterback. I don’t really dwell on the stuff that didn’t happen. I just know he got it done tonight, some tremendous efforts throwing the ball and running the ball.”
On getting the running game going on the drive in the fourth quarter after Locker returned: “That was a big deal. We kind of got under center and ran some runs and tried to run right at them a little bit. I wanted to see how he responded. I knew he was fine, our doctors checked him out and said he was fine, but I wanted to assess how he was on the field so that’s why we got under center and ran the ball.”
On challenging the team to get the mentality back during the week: “I just remind them that we grade effort first and then we critique effort and I just wanted to make sure in this ball game when we grade effort that we grade 100 percent. We didn’t grade out that way after the Nebraska game so that was the point.”
Any sense of deja vu from last year: “Obviously. Kind of like Yogi Berra said, deja vu all over again.”
On Jake running more: “It was both (design and part of the game). There were some things there were liked and then there were a couple opportunities he had and did some good things.”
On the game feeling the same as last year: “I just told the guys in the huddle that ‘we are going to kick off SportsCenter tonight. Let’s go.”’
On Erik Folk: “He hasn’t missed this year, I know that. He’s got ice in his veins. He’s unbelivable.”
On USC icing Folk: “We told the kicker that was coming. … I think you try to use two and make the kicker think you are going to use a third and not do it to try to mess with them.”
On Locker’s fumble: “We thought the ball went out of bounds. We didn’t have a great view of it but on a play like that it’s worth it to try to challenge to see. But I didn’t get a great view of it. I thought it was a horse-collar tackle but they didn’t think so.”
On how big a win it was: “It’s huge. 2-2 and 1-0 in conference. … It’s big for a lot of reasons.”

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