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December 4, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Steve Sarkisian quotes

Here are some quotes from UW coach Steve Sarkisian following today’s Apple Cup win:
Overall comments on winning last three games: “I thought when we were in that bye week we had kind of a coming to Jesus meeting as we like to call it, and got to the realities of where we were as a program and what it was going to take to get to this point right now. We understood as a fact that as a whole we had to play better on defense and run the football better to have a chance, and that occurred. And then ultimately it was going to come down to us winning on the road in the fourth quarter of hostile environments and that occurred. I can’t be more proud of this football team.I was just talking to them that two weeks ago Monday was when I first met them and I remember there wasn’t a lot of Husky gear on. There wasn’t a lot of hats and sweatshirts being worn. … I don’t know how many of them were proud Huskies and that was one of the first things we wanted to accomplish to make sure they are proud Huskeis and that we are proud to represent the University of Washington and the Huskies because of all the greatness that has come before us. And I think we can say tonight we are pretty proud Huskies.”
On the decision to go for it on fourth down on the final drive: “I was kicking it. Luckly for us the clock was running down so I had to take a time out and I thought to myself ‘we have been aggressive.’ The odds have been in our favor when we have been aggressive and I felt like we went for the one on the goal line and we had a little mishap with the ball handling and I thought to myself we didn’t make that one so we are going to make this one so we went out and did it.”
On running Chris Polk a lot: “There was no doubt. You can look at my call sheet — on both sides it says ‘pound that rock.’ So we were going to make sure we ran that football tonight. I thought our offennisve line did an extremely good job up front — it was one of the keys to us was the line of scrimmage, and our receivers did a good job which can go unnoticed. … But he ran like a war daddy tonight, that’s for sure.”
On the last drive: “We just had a game plan, and assessing the clock aand where we were, and you guys know me enough when I get in those situations I like to end the game with the ball in our possession or a touchdown in our hands and that was the mindset. Unfortunately we took a terrible unsportsmanlike conduct penalty there that knocked us back. We had a feeling they were loading up on us and we gave Jermaine Kearse a chance and he made a heck of a one-on-one play.”
More on the decision to go for it and if he would have changed his mind had he not called time out: “I don’t know, to be honest with you. Our center hadn’t even put his hands on the ball yet, so I knew I had plenty of time to make the decision and I just kind of went back to who are. Got to make calculated, smart decisions but ultimately got to go back to who you are.”
On the mood at haftime: “We could have really taken the game away but we talked last night quite a bit that this was going to be a four quarter game. The Cougars were going to play hard, they were going to have their moments, their quarterback is a big play guy. So we understood that at halftime let’s just refocus and do the things we do well.”
On which bowl game he wants to go to: “It doesn’t matter, I don’t care. In all honesty and I think everyone else thought we were talking about it, our focus was on this game. … the reality of it is we are going to enjoy this game tonight and then tomorrow figure out where we are going and we will repsent the university of Washington with extreme class and go out and play great football.”
On the winning TD pass: “It was completely called. Versus bump coverage it’s an automatic fade and nice job by Jake of allowing Jermaine a chance to make a play and that’s Jermaine’s strong point, high-pointing the football.”

On the feeling when it was tied up at the end: “I think they were believing I what we were doing and our ability to finish. …. My big key to that last drive was let’s get a first down. Let’s get one first down and then we can start to get momentum. I thought the first down was key to start the momentum of the last drive.”
On second thoughts on the fourth down where Locker lost the fumble: “No, honestly I wasn’t. It’s a touchdown, it’s unfortunate. It wasn’t even a read (zone play), it was the exact same play that Jake has the touchdown run on in the first quarter that gets called back. It’s the exact same play, it’s there again, I don’t know what happened that Jesse (Callier) got that close to Jake that the ball got jarred out but it wasn’t even a read it was a designed run for Jake the whole way.”
On Polk’s running: “There were some things there that we thought the ball could get back. We thought we could get some things frontside too, which we did. We gave Chris enough carries to where he was having a feel for what the backers were doing, when to cut it back and when to stay front side.”
On Senio Kelemete playing the entire game: “We made the decision today after walkthrough. By no means was he 100 percent but it looked good from the sidelines, we assessed it again at halftime and Danny (offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto) assured me he was good to go so we hung with him.”
On the bowl practices: “We’ll work on our young guys some but we are going to prepare to win the game which is what we are going to do for 15 days.”
On if it was tough to focus on WSU and not a bowl game this week: “It really wasn’t. This is a great rivalry and they embraced the rivalry and I think our players are celebrating. Yeah there is some celebration that we are going to the bowl game, but the bulk of the celebration is that we won the Apple Cup in a really cool fashion.”



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