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December 4, 2010 at 11:19 PM

UW player quotes

Here are some UW player quotes following today’s Apple Cup win, clinched when Jake Locker hit Jermaine Kearse with a TD pass from 44 seconds left (pictured is Locker celebrating with Kearse in a Dean Rutz photo).
On coming back from 3-6 to a bowl game: “I think when you look at where we were at 3-6 we had played nine top 25 teams I believe, really really good opponents and we hadn’t played as well as we wanted to. We understood we had an opportunity to come out these last three games and do exactly what we did. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t pretty at times. But the guys kept fighting and believing in each other and this is the result we got, so it’s awesome.”
On if he thought UW would go for it on the last drive: “I almost am pretty sure that he sent them out there knoowoing we would call that time out and we would have a chance to think about what play we wanted to run on fourth down. At the time that’s what I thought he was thinking that he’s going to send them out there and call time out.”
On getting so many carries: “That’s a running back’s dream to get that many carries. …. I knew we were going to run it but I didn’t have any clue I would get this many touches.”
On the long run on the last drive: “I seen it was 24 Power and I seen that they were all inside so pre-snap read I knew I was going to break it outside and get a big gain on it so I just had to hold it inside a little longer than then break it out like I did.”
On how he got so many yards: “They were like really playing inside waiting for us to run up the middle so that’s why we got our big chunk of yards on outside zone plays.”
On getting to a bowl: “It means a lot that anything is possible and all you’ve got to do is stick with it and believe in your coaches and work hard and it’s sitting out there for you. We knew as a team that we had the players to do it but I didn’t think it would happen this fast, honestly. It’s just amazing how things can turn over in your way.”
On the feeling at 3-6: “We knew (we could get to a bowl) because we knew we were a way better team than what our record showed. We were just like turning away from doing the little things right (and worrying) about what people thought of us (instead of) how we should play and go out there and do what the coaches tell us to do and do the little things.”

On the throw from Kiel Rasp on the fake punt: “I’d rate it a nine, it was a good back shoulder throw. But that’s how we practice and he made a great throw. (Been practicing it) since this week.”
On the winning TD: “Coach Sark called a play, Sluggo Win, (if they) press up you convert it. I seen it was man (coverage). I had a feeling Jake was going to go to me and he gave me an opportunity and I just had to go make a play for him. It was a designed play from the start.”
On the TD in the third quarter: “I was slant if I can if, I couldn’t I would break it back outside. They blitzed, played man, I got inside, Jake threw me the ball and I just took off. It was pretty wide open when I caught the ball I knew I was going to go for a long run.”
On hearing the call of the play on the winning touchdown: “I was actually surprised and happy at the same time. I thought we were going to run the ball and kick the field goal but he went for the touchdown and I’ve got no problems with that.”
On what WSU did passing to get back in the game: “They were just getting the ball out of their quickc and they were just they were making their plays and they were kind of mixing it up here and there. When we thought it was going to be a pass they were running the ball so they did a good job on that part. But we came out there with the win.”
On tackling WSU QB Jeff Tuel his high school teammate: “I got him one time on a blitz I got him, but he threw it it was third down. But I didn’t get him in time. I’ve got bragging rights when I go home about it but it’s all in fun. He had a good game but I mean when we needed a stop sometimes we got the stop, so.”
On not getting interceptions: “Should have had two today, three. Man, I don’t know what it is on road games, road games I don’t know.”
On the comeback from 0-12 and losing in Pullman two years ago: “Two years ago was lower than low. That was the lowest point in this program by far and for us to come back and just believe in each other, all that off-season work and when time’s were tough this team this year was able to pull through just like tonight things didn’t go our way sometimes but in the end we finished.”
On the altercations before the game: “Just a rivalry game. It’s one of the best rivalry games in college football, It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. We were out there 80 minutes before the game and their whole student body was out there so I knew tonight was going to be something different something special, an everlasting memory. It was so intense, they definitely brought it,m they gave us everything they had so give them a lot of credit. Their offense did a good job and Tuel is a great player, but when things got hard we were able to pull through and we get to go bowling now and there’s not a better feeling.”



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