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September 17, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Post-game Sarkisian quotes and video

The Washington Huskies have begun the trek back to Seattle following a game that head coach Steve Sarkisian felt just got away from them in the third quarter.

In fact, the coach said that “the reality of it is, we had a complete meltdown there in the third quarter where we lost our composure a bit.”

He thought the team got caught up in the officiating and didn’t keep its mind on the task at hand, and let Nebraska get too far in front.

You can see all of his comments in the video below and I’ve also transcribed the bulk of his quotes after the video.

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Opening statement: “I think first of all I am proud of our football team for battling and competing and showing resolve. I think we could have easily cashed it in there when the game started to get out of hand. I thought our kids competed and competed for four quarters and I’m proud of them for that. The reality of it is we had a complete meltdown there in the third quarter where I think we lost our composure a bit. We got rattled. We get called for the interference on the returner which I don’t know. The guy caught the ball, we tackled him. I don’t know how that’s interference, but I’ll get a definition of the rule. Then we drop a kickoff and they score again and then we get the ball and go down the field and have a fourth-and-two and don’t convert. That sequencing of plays there in the third quarter I thought was the difference in the ball game. Obviously there were other things that occurred in there, but a lot of self-inflicted wounds. And take nothing away from Nebraska — they are a great football team and well-coached. But you can’t be offsides on a kickoff and then rekick and the guy returns it 75 yards or whatever it was. Things like that that we had talked about that I thought we were prepared for. We prepared for playaction pass to start the game and let the guy get behind us right off the bat, one of the huge coaching points in the game. That being said, I like the way we competed against a good football team on their turf. We’ve got to get right with Pac-12 play starting next week.”

On the health of Keith Price: “Physically he’s sore. He’s playing with a knee that’s not 100 percent and he took a couple of shots but nothing that’s any worse than it was coming into the game.” (Price said later that he hurt his other knee, the left, from the one that was already ailing. So it’s now both knees that are hurting. I’ll have more on Price in a while).

On if he wanted to take Price out at the end: “Nope, he wanted to stay in, he was a battler and I think there’s something to be said for that.”

On other injuries: Jesse (Callier) had his hamstring tightness behind his knee, we think it’s a hsmtring. Chris (Polk) had a little calf tightness, and Princeton Fuimaono is probably the most serious, he got stepped on the lower part of his shin, top of his foot, and it swelled up pretty good so we have to assess that. The rest of them are not serious injuries.”

On the defense: “I don’t know. We’ll have to try to figure it out what we are doing scheme wise and who we are playing and everything that is going on. They are a good team and they tax you in a lot of ways, a mobile quarterback again, but that didn’t seem to hurt us as much as some of the other guys. It felt like coming in offensively we could do some things moving the ball, the game just went the way it went, they worse us down there pretty good, a couple of those drives in the third and fourth quarter where it took its toll on our guys.”

On the message at hlftime: “It’s a three-point game on the road going into the second half, this is where we want to be. We can’t ask for much more than this, being on the road and a great college environment for football and let’s go play. Let’s go finish. We felt good about getting the ball to start the second half with the things we had done in the first half — we just didn’t perform in the third quarter.”

On what happened in the third quarter: “We get stopped, we punt. I think we got caught up a little too much in the call of the interference of the catcher, but we’ll get a ruling. I felt like the guy caught the ball and we tackled him. I don’t quite understand that, so we’ll get an explanation on that, and I think we were still caught up in the emotion of that flag being thrown and a call earlier in the game where a ball bounced off their guy’s foot and we recover and we don’t get that ball, and so we got caught up too much in things we don’t have control over. We can’t control when flags are called or not called and we got caught too much in that and in the meantime Nebraska was playing sound football and getting after it.”

On what the officials said happened on the play at the end of the second quarter: “They said our guy interfered with their returner. I didn’t get a number (of who they said it was).”

On UW’s running game: “I thought we were okay. They are a good front. They are a good football team and I thought we found a little something in there to get it going but I would have liked obviously to have been even better to balance out what we were doing so we will continue to assess that.”

On if there are some good things to take away from the game: At the end of it all, sure, because I think there was a handful of plays that could have swung this game in either direction, some of which were self-inflicted and some of which maybe I don’t agree with the call. But that’s neither here nor there. So a lot of good the fact that our kids battled and competed there in the fourth quarter and made this thing very interesting. So we are a team that has spirit, which is a lot better than not, and a team that knows how to compete. We’ve just got to fix some things and we’ll do that.”

On the onside kicks in the fourth quarter and if he struggled with those decisions: “Sure I did. We had kicked it deep on the previous one and they went down the field and we thought with their alignment on the first one that we had a chance, so we went with it for the popover to Jermaine (Kearse) and it was a bang-bang play. Hindsight is 20-20, you tell Jermaine to wait to see if the guy catches it or not, if he drops it like he did Jermainie is right there. But all of that stuff is hard to coach of, or hindsight is 20-20 kick it deep and play defense. And the last on-side kick I felt we had to give ourselves a chance and we got the stop on fourth down but we couldn’t capitalize.”

On the sideline warning penalty: “I think that was on all of us for screaming.”

On the excessive celebration: “I don’t unbderstand it. Going to get an explanation of the rule, I don’t understand it. I felt like it was a spontaneous, genuine celebration with a guy scoring a touchdown and celebrating with his teammates. I don’t understand it. I’ll find out. I’ll ask.”

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