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October 9, 2010 at 11:47 PM

More post-game quotes

Here are some post-game quotes from UW coach Steve Sarkisian and a few others:
Opening Statement: “Obviously a very disappointing loss. I just felt that offensively we could not get on track to where we had consistency. I don’t think it helped not having Devin Aguilar and Erik Kohler; that wasn’t the ideal situation. We just weren’t able to get it done offensively. We had a lot of drives stall out across the 50. We got put in some difficult situations where the field goals were too long for us to attempt to make that we couldn’t get into the range where the field goal was makeable for us in that weather in those conditions. When we weren’t able to capitalize on our points it got hard and ASU did a nice job of rushing the passer and getting after Jake (Locker) and they caused a lot of problems with consistency in our passing game and we weren’t able to throw the ball down the field to attack them.
“All-in-all, I thought our defense gave us a chance to win the game. ASU moved the ball between the 20’s but when it’s all said and done, our defense left a chance for us to win and we weren’t able to do that.
“We will get back on the horse, we got knocked off tonight, but as we all know this conference is a lot of winners and a lot of losers week in and week out. We have to get back on the horse and we have another tough opponent a week from tonight and we will (get back on the horse). This is a mentally tough football team and we will be back.
On Aguilar: He suffered a pulled hip flexor on the last play of Thursday’s practice. “He went out for warmups the first half of it but he knew right away. He couldn’t get going.”
On his diagnosis: “Those are tough to tell. Johri still isn’t back from his hip flexor thing but I know Devin is dying to get back out there. … Hopefully sooner rather than later. We need him.”
On Kohler: “He’s got mono and we’ve had a dang flu bug or something going around our team and Erik got tested and was obviously diagnosed with mono a few other guys, Jake was sick all week, he got tested it, it came back negative, but I think it kind of affected him tonight. He had a hard time catching his wind, getting his breath. That’s the nature of when the seasons change, got to deal with sickness like we’ve got to deal with everything else.” Sarkisian also said that Kohler could be out a few more weeks but it’s uncertain when he will be back.
On the fake field goal attempt: “It was a run-pass option. We just got put in the predicament there in such an in between stage. It was a fourth and long and you don’t have a lot of great calls in your play sheet for that and with the weather and the pre-game kicks I didn’t feel good about kicking the field goal from there. It was something in the game plan that we liked that we thought that we had the opportunity with Cody (Bruns) getting on the edge with a corner route behind it but they (ASU) defended it well.”
On the tough loss: “We are learning how to win and we are learning how to lose. We are going through so many growing pains right now. I thought our team tried hard tonight. It wasn’t about a lack of effort, they tried hard, they played hard and they competed until the very end. I was very proud of them. We just didn’t execute the way we are capable of executing and we didn’t coach the way we are capable of coaching.”
On Locker being sick and not able to run more: “We wanted to (run more), but he just wasn’t feeling great. When he was running, I didn’t see and feel his explosiveness. I don’t think we got 100 percent of Jake Locker tonight, unfortunately.”
On handling the success of last week: “We’re learning how to win and we’re learning how to lose. We’re going through so many growing pains right now. I thought our kids tried hard tonight. It wasn’t for a lack of effort. They played hard and competed until the very end, so I’m very proud of them for that.”
On UW’s defense: “They are a good offensive football team. What they had done some other teams..if going in you would have told me that Arizona State was going to score 24 points, in my own mind I would have felt pretty good about how the game would have gone.”
On the couple of plays they callenged in the first half: “There were a couple of bang-bang plays — is it a catch, is it not a catch. It is a backwards pass, is it a forwards pass. Just seemed like we couldn’t catch a break in that way, either, to get the momentum back in our favor.”
On Christine’s play: “I think he competed really hard. I thought at times he struggled when they really got into pass rush mode on him. … We did (think about playing Colin Porter) and went back and forth with it and stuck with Greg.”
On Kearse’s drops: “The physical mistakes that happen like a drop. Not that I don’t give them what they need, but that stuff happens. That’s football. It wasn’t a lack of him not trying hard, or him not knowing what to do. It’s raining. The ball is above his head or at his head and he’s not able to catch it.”
On whether he thought to punt at end of first half: “I wasn’t thinking that. We were in a let’s go score mode and I thought we had a good play called and we just weren’t able to convert it.”
More on Locker being ill: “We lost an element of him moving around and running around. Once he’d run once, he couldn’t get his wind back almost for the whole series until he could get to the bench so we were being very cautious when we moved him in the pocket or outside the pocket because it really had a lingering effect not just for one play but for down the road. … I would have liked to get him out moving and running more and calling more quarterback runs. We weren’t able to. Think I called three quarterback runs tonight because of the long-term effect of the game. I needed him to play four quarters., I don’t know if he could have made it.”
More on Kearse: “This is something that we will obviously address with Jermaine. We are not the kind to shy away from things or ignore them so we will address it but I suspect he will be fine.”
On Folk: “Just felt like the weather, a little bit of the wind, I just didn’t feel like he was striking he ball the way I’ve seen him do. I think it showed up on the one missed field goal, too. He just wasn’t striking the ball well tonight.”
On it being a missed opportunity: “Yeah, I think it’s a missed opportunity because we’ve really valued being at home. … We just didn’t take advantage of that, so yeah, I view it as a missed opportunity. But you don’t get everything done in this conference in one game, why you play nine of these suckers and we’ve got another big one next week against Oregon State.”

Junior Cornerback Quinton Richardson
What positives can you take out of the game?: “I don’t think that we will really know what we did right until we watch film after the game. After a loss like that it is pretty hard to find the positives, and we really won’t know what we need to work on until we watch film this week.”
What was the game plan going against ASU’s passing attack?: “We came into the game with the same game plan and mindset that we go into every game with. We wanted to go out there and play hard Husky defense. At some points in the game we executed and at some points we didn’t. After we watch film tomorrow we will know what we did wrong and what we have to work on before playing Oregon State.”
Sophomore Tailback Chris Polk
On the struggle in the passing game: “You know, we ran the ball well at times, but I really don’t know. We weren’t ourselves today. We weren’t making plays that we usually would make, but we’ll get it fixed.”
On the positives: “Well when we get going, we showed that nobody can stop our offense. We just have to do what we need to and make our assignments. If we do what we are supposed to do we will be great.”
ASU Coach Dennis Erickson
On if it was a good feeling to get the win: “Without a question. It’s been a hard three weeks for us, losing those close games and being in them and our guys just never got it. But to come up here and win this football game in Seattle against a good football team, obviously. I just like how we performed offensively in the rain. We threw it, caught it, and did all the things we needed to. It was raining as bad as I’ve seen it, and I’ve been here a lot of years. And on defense, we were able to make plays at the end. But we had some opportunities – a couple field goals – to put it away with some time left in the fourth quarter and we never seemed to quite do that.”
On the catch at the end of the half: “We planned that. I mean, he’s 6’5″. I don’t even know who the corner was but he just threw it up and hoped he could make a play and he was able to do that.”
On being able to hold Locker to only 6 yards rushing: “We really didn’t do a lot of things different. I think our front four got a lot of pressure, more so than we have in the past. We made Jake [Locker] step up and we were able to kind of control what he was doing. To hold him to 6 yards, that’s a pretty good job defensively.”



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