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October 24, 2010 at 12:56 AM

Post-game quotes from Steve Sarkisian

Here’s some of what UW coach Steve Sarkisian had to say after the 44-14 loss at Arizona Saturday night.
Opening comments: “General thoughts are that the worst case scenario of what could happen in the game, especially in the second quarter, was exactly what happened. They got out to a lead and forced us into more of a drop-back passing situation type game and in turn their (defensive) ends played the factor in the game that we were fearful that they could, of really causing a lot of pressure on the quarterback and disrupting the game. And then on the other side our inability to rush the passer in the first half was probably the biggest key to the ballgame, allowing a guy making his first start of the season to stand back and go 14-of-16 in the first half opened things up for their run game. All in all, the game went south quickly, and we thought we had a nice plan coming out in the second half to get things generated and going and ‘boom’ they get a sack-fumble to start the second half to almost put the game away right there in the third quarter.”
On if he was surprised by what happened: “I was surprised. Obviously a couple of guys were banged up that we normally would have, and a couple guys got banged up in the game, but I was surprised. And, to me, without looking at the film, we had a lot of missed opportunities early on that could have changed the real complexion of the game. Where, when we finally generate a pass-rush and we miss a guy in the backfield, or we can get off the field on a third down and we get a penalty or a missed tackle, where that could change the momentum of the game. I thought the drive of the game was, really for them, when we pinned them deep and they’ve got a second down from the one or two yard line and they throw the go-route and get the pass interference and ultimately they go down and score I thought that was ultimately the drive of the ball game.”
On Victor Aiyewa: “He had a really sore knee coming in. He had a knee contusion and hadn’t really practiced at all, all week, so we went with Princeton (Fuimaono) and moved Mason (Foster) to (strongside linebacker), and then we were just getting beat up and had to put Vic back into the ballgame and he did some nice things.”
On why there wasn’t more of a pass rush: “We lost Cameron (Elisara) and with Hau’oli (Jamora) ,it’s a little bit different when you’re playing every snap of a ballgame and we just couldn’t generate the pass-rush I thought we could.”
On Locker’s health: “He’s just beat up.” Ribs? “Yeah, he’s just beat up. I didn’t want to expose him. I didn’t want to do that to the kid.”
On Jake Locker’s injuries limiting the offense: “It changes our offense, in effect. Going in, we thought we would be able to run the ball better than we ultimately were able to, and then as the game wore on it got out of hand and you can’t rely on the run when you’re down by 20 or so. The game went the exact opposite of the way were hoping it would go. Our idea was to get out to an early lead, which we were there, and sustain that and then get into our play-action stuff and in turn they forced the game for us into a drop back game and they were able to rush the passer which is the best thing we do.”
On Locker’s long-tem status: “It will be a week-to-week thing for him. It is what it is.”

On if this game cripples the team’s hopes: “We’ll be okay. We’re a resilient group. I think they’re obviously very disappointed, but we don’t have time to sulk and dwell on this because we have a really tough opponent coming in next week and another Pac 10 matchup that’s going to be physical and should be a great one.”
On the team’s mentality at halftime: “I thought our team was great. They came in and they understood the mistakes we were making and why we weren’t playing as capable as we were. All in all, in the second half our defense got a little better. But unfortunately offensively when you get put got put in a situation maybe you can try a little too hard there in the third quarter where, if it’s a tighter game, maybe you kick a field goal and you play a different style game. But we were in such a situation where we had to go for it and it makes the game feel not as good when you have to go for it in situations like that.”
On the offensive lull after the two first-half scores: “I thought when we had that lull there late in the first quarter and early in the second quarter and we were missing opportunities, there were plays there for us, and for whatever reason when we weren’t able to take advantage of it — whether a protection broke down or if we had the protection but we don’t hang onto it or we miss the throw or we get a penalty that knocks us back — we’ve got to just continue to try and clean things up so we can continue with the rhythm we’ve started with the last couple of weeks.”
On the last TD to Juron Criner: “That kind of was just a microcosm of the whole night. They fumble a snap and fling a ball up in the air and they get a PI (pass interference) a roughing the passer and a touchdown all on one play. So I guess it wasn’t our night.”
On going with the Wildcat: “The thought was we knew we were going to be limited in using Jake running the football and we thought we could do some things with Jesse (Callier) to create some offense that way and we’ve been trying to get Jesse more involved and more involved so that was one of the ways we were going to try and do that.”
On being limited due to Locker’s injuries: “In any offense your quarterback is a big part of that and I definitely did not think this was Jake Locker’s deal tonight. Unfortunately we weren’t able to run him but we just didn’t pass protect at all.”
On how much of Locker’s struggles were related to his health: “It’s the whole deal, the whole deal.”
On Arizona QB Matt Scott: “He was 14-16 the first half, I wasn’t anticipating that by any means. We had to remind ourselves, this guy was their starter last year for the first three ballgames, so we knew he was capable and a good player. We just thought if we could get the game the way we wanted it to go where we had the lead and they had to put pressure on him to make those plays and we just weren’t able to do that. And when we had the pass rush, especially on some of those third downs, we weren’t able to generate it.”
On taking Locker out earlier: “He was fine. He was okay. He didn’t get exposed nearly as much as he has, obviously. I felt like we still if we could get a score we had a shot in the ball game, and when we put Keith (Price) in I felt like ‘okay, this is the right time to do it.”’



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