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November 6, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Sarkisian post-game quotes

Here’s some of what UW coach Steve Sarkisian had to say after today’s 53-16 loss to the Oregon Ducks.
Opening remarks: “I thought all and all, our guys battled. They competed against an excellent football team. And I thought we had some real crucial missed opportunities early in the ballgame to convert on third down, the touchdown that gets called back for covering up a receiver. I thought our defense played a really nice first half of football. Unfortunately, we didn’t help ourselves on special teams. When we put a little bit of stress and pressure on them, where we get the turnover, score the touchdown there in the third quarter, that kickoff return I think really took a lot of wind out of our sails, which is unfortunate. It really spun the game back in their favor and got their mojo going. And when they got rolling they were hard to stop.”
Down 25-14 and fourth down, think about going for it?: “I did. I just wanted to keep some momentum on our side. I thought by kicking the field goal, it was a feel good drive for us. It keeps momentum going. I did think about it, trust me. And you guys know me well enough. I like going for it, but at that moment I felt getting three points was big for us.”
On if UW earned the respect of Oregon today: “I think so. I think we played hard. I understand why they’re the No. 1 team in the country. They played like it. They’re excellent. Everbody wants to continually talk about their offense. It’s not just their offense. They’re an exceptional special teams team. We knew that coming in, and they’re very good on defense. I thought one area where I was proud of our guys this week, that team led the country in creating turnovers by more than other team in the country and I thought we took care of the ball well today.”


Thoughts on Keith Price’s game: “I thought he battled and competed. There are going to be plays where I wish our guys could have bailed him out a little bit and helped him out We had a couple drops there. And there are going to be plays that when he sees the film, he wishes he could have back. But for his first start, on the road, in Autzen Stadium against the No. 1 team in the country, I’ll take his effort.”
On if there were enough good things to take confidence into the last three games:“I think so. Competively what Oregon is excellent at is they will continually wear you down as the game goes on unless you can keep it tight. We weren’t able to do that. I thought competitively, we were much more competitive today than we were the last two weeks, or at least the last six quarters leading up to this ball game. So there are some good things to take from that. I thought our defense played with huge hearts. We’ll regroup this week, and we’re headed into the fourth quarter of the season. We’ve preached a mantra around here since I’ve gotten here about finish and that’s what we’ll do the final three ball games.”
On the return game troubles: “Well, I think obviously one is coverage lanes. I thought today, especially a couple of those kickoffs that bounced to the field, our contain player is peaking his head inside and boom the ball bounces. Good returners field that and understand that. So that’s the first part. And the second part is we knew coming in, it wasn’t a secret. We tried a variety of different kicks and things but they’re going to take advantage of that because they’re good at it.”
On the first-half defense:“I thought Nick did a nice job of mixing it up as far as playing some base calls and then pressuring them. I thought the other thing we did a nice job of is we were getting our calls in quickly, so it was allowing our players to line up. I think so many times going against Oregon, you are trying to wait to get the perfect call and they your players aren’t line up and then they snap it and get you out of position and that’s how they create their big plays. I thought our guys tonight, Nick did a good job of calling it. And our players got lined up, and then we were able to play.”
On the defense being worn down at the end: “We were exhausted. We didn’t help them offensively. We couldn’t sustain drives on offense to give our defense a rest. The game got in their control the way they like it where they can go fast and wear you out.”
On the mood at halftime:“I think there was a little bit of disappointment that we didn’t have the touchdown. The touchdown got called back. But getting the field goal and I think there was some real confidence and belief in what we’re doing. It was very similar to last year’s game in the first half. I think last year was 15-6. Tonight was 18-6. Again, we had opportunities to have more points and we didn’t take advantage of it. Against a really good team, against the No. 1 team in the country, when you have your chances you’ve got to capitalize.”
On the penalty that cost UW a touchdown in the second quarter:“They called it and I’m assuming we did. That we covered up our receiver, that our outside receiver covered up our inside receiver. Our inside receiver swears that he was off the ball but there’s nothing I can do about it.”
On the game being a step up from rock bottom: “Yeah. We’re climbing back. We’re climbing back. Again, I’m proud of our kids. I’m proud of our coaches. I thought we had a nice game plan. When you have opportunities against a really good team you better capitalize and unfortunately we didn’t. We missed some opportunites tonight.”
On Oregon being as good as he thought: “They’re excellent. They’re excellent. They’ve got so many playmakers that you can try to force the ball out of certain peoples’ hands. I thought our guys did a nice job of trying to eliminate the big play in the passing game and really rally to the football against LaMichael. Darron Thomas, I thought, had a nice night especially running. But I thought all and all, they just killed us with their kick returns in the special teams game.
On injuries: “I think the only real significant thing is Justin Glenn got a concussion. But outside of that, we’re healthy.”
On the receivers dropping passes:“I would just like to see us make our plays and catch the ball. We’re a talented group, and they’ve made a lot of plays for us. I would just like to see them make them tonight and I’d like to see them make those plays in the next three games. I know they’re capable of doing that.
On the struggles of the coverage teams: “We’ve got to assess it again. We’ve got assess the guys who were out there. I think part what it was. We have so many of our starters that cover kicks, the Mason Fosters, the Cort Dennisons, the Victor Aiyewas. And they were spent tonight. They were worn out because of Oregon’s offense, that we had to put backups in and maybe that was part of it. Maybe we’ve just got to keep playing our best guys.”
On going solely with a veteran OL today:“What Oregon does so well defensively is they pressure so much. They’re a big blitz team. They give you a variety of looks. And in this environment, with this crowd noise, I was hoping a veteran group would be able to handle the pressure, and I thought they did.”
On shutting out Oregon in the first quarter: “I just thought we had a good plan. Our kids when they were fresh and they were playing, they were able to do it. Ultimately, we have to look as a football team to depth and our ability to create depth so that we can roll guys in and not have to leave the same 11 out there for four straight quarters against a team like that. Maybe there will come a day when we can play with a two-deep and roll guys in and stay fresh throughout the ball game.
On whether Jake Locker will be back for the UCLA game: “I really don’t know yet.”

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