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November 27, 2010 at 10:35 PM

A few more post-game quotes

Here are a few more post-game quotes from UW players and coaches following today’s 16-13 win at Cal.
On the 46-yard catch in the fourth quarter (which is pictured to the right in an AP photo): “We had a deep in coming from the opposite side. I either had a post or if he was pressed up I converted to a go. Jake (Locker) gave me a chance on the go and I just went to go try to make a play.”
On how he made the catch: ”I don’t know how, sometimes it just happens. I just wanted to go catch the ball.”
On what the game means: “It’s just a big game. We knew we needed to win the last three to get to a bowl game and we are just taking it one game at a time and this is the second step and we just tried to come out and play hard and get the win.”
On Locker’s demeanor on the final drive: “He was fired up. He got us all fired up and we were all ready to go. Just shows the type of leader he is and he led us to the win.”
On the Apple Cup: “I’m excited for it. The Apple Cup is always a real intense game, A real tough game. We hate them and they hate us just as much, so I’m excited for it. It’s definitely going to be cold over there, but when it’s cold the offense feels those hits a little more.”
On watching the last play from the sideline: “I wasn’t worried at all. I’ve got a ton of confidence in our entire offensive line and receivers and running back. … I wasn’t worried at all. … That’s God’s play. That’s just straight power. That’s God’s play. So I had an idea that’s what he was about to call and that’s just a play that the offense has ran multiple times and they executed it well to end the game.”
On what was said at the end: “I was just screaming to toughen up and drive the ball and tried to hype everyone up.”
On his 80-yard TD in the third quarter: “I was trying to make sure he didn’t pick it off and I tipped it up and he just missed it so I caught it. I tipped it up. … I had a thought of catching it but I was trying to make sure he wasn’t going to catch it. When I tipped the ball up I thought I to make a play on it don’t let it just float in the air.”
On what the play meant: “Offensively we just needed a play, a spark, and that was our spark.”
More on the catch: “I could tell I was going to have to make sure the DB didn’t catch the ball. I was over the top of him and he tried to shield me off with his body. But he gave me a chance.”
On Locker’s demeanor on the last drive: “You could just see it in his eyes. He wanted to win, just like all of us.”
On what this means to the seniors: “It means a lot. I haven’t been to a bowl game and we have an opportunity to go to a bowl game. This is great and we are all looking forward to going to play WSU.”
On the game: “We just hung in there and kept believing and now we’ve got to go beat Wazzu.”
On the offense’s last play: “Yeah, we call that God’s play. We run nine on seven at practice, a running drill, and every power play is God’s play, so it’s always a competition who can win God’s play.”
On why it’s called that: “Just because it’s power, smashmouth football, you can’t run a better running play. That’s the epitome of a running play and that’s what Sark called and the offense did a great job executing it.”
On the defense: “Our defense, I don’t know what it is. It’s just like last year when we played Wazzu and Cal we shut them down and we are doing it again this year. … I think we have done a great job of not trying to do too much and sticking to our game plan and I couldn’t be more happy, the guys are doing a great job. I thought the defense really got better as the game went on and we did a good job of slowing him down. He’s (Shane Vereen) obviously a great running back and we did a great job of limiting him.”
On how UW was able to rally: “Resiliency. I just think we have such great senior leadership that they come through in the end and I couldn’t be more proud of our team and happy for our seniors, they deserve it, and we’ve got one more win left.”
On the last-play win this year: “The coaches instill in our head every day that it’s 60 minutes, it’s not the first, second or third quarters, it’s how you finish, and I think all the players have bought into it and done a great job. There were some plays today that didn’t go our way but it’s how you finish and the last three minutes were just the epitome of the grit of our team and showed what our team is all about.”
On the improvement of the defense the last few weeks: “The kids are playing hard and playing with confidence, the assistant coaches do a phenomenal jon preparing them and the kids are having fun doing what they are doing and having fun. It’s cool to see.”
On Everrette Thompson: “The last three, four weeks he has come into his own, playing with confidence, He likes playing inside better but because of the injury situation he is playing outside and he’s doing a phenomenal job of holding the point and being that stout, strong defensive end over the tight ends and he’s taking it upon himself to destroy those guys and it’s showing up. Cal is a good running football team and we did a nice job.”
On Cal getting a few runs early and what changed: “They did and we had a couple of guys not do what they were supposed to do so it was frustrating because there were some plays we had worked on all week. … there were a couple base runs where we were trying too hard and all that kind of stuff and being fooled by some of their reverses and fake reverses. And we just kind of settled down and played some football.”
On the secondary: “Really that’s been one of the biggest differences is now our corners are legit, they are playing like legit corners. Not to say that their passing game was great today, they had to play their backup quarterback. But our cornerbacks are making plays on the ball, that was a huge interception after we had just thrown one to turn it back over. Both of those guys are doing a nice job of just being football players.”
On going with the same 11 almost all game: “We didn’t substitute at all on the front, didn’t substitute at all at the linebackers. … Other than some of that nickel stuff there were a bunch of three and outs and our guys didn’t really get tired so we could play those guys. Especially up front I would like to play more guys but I ask them ‘are you getting tired? Do you need a blow?’ And they say ‘no, coach,’ and they are playing good enough that it’s ‘okay, stay out there.”’



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