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September 19, 2011 at 4:05 PM

The last word on Saturday’s whistles

Several players attended Monday’s UW press conference, including each that was at the center of the controversial calls that went against the Huskies on Monday.

So I figured I’d pass along what each had to say about those flags:

— The first call the UW coaches disagreed with came early, an excessive celebration penalty on UW receiver Jermaine Kearse after his 38-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Kearse kind of popped the ball down on the ground and also made a little hand gesture after the score.

UW coach Steve Sarkisian said none of it warranted a flag.

Kearse he was not told what he specifically did wrong. “I just put the ball down maybe a little bit harder than I usually do. I don’t know what the initial call was that they said I did. I thought I did nothing wrong but I got flagged for it.”

Asked if there was anything else he might have done or said to deserve a flag, he said: “There was so much emotion coming out after that I don’t really remember.”

— The next flag UW coaches disputed came when a Husky player, apparently Cort Dennison, was called for interfering Nebraska punt returner Tim Marlowe as he attempted to run up to catch a kick. The ball glanced off Marlowe and UW recovered it, but after the flag, the ball went back to Nebraska.

Dennison said today that “I don’t know (what was called). I let the coaches deal with what was called. There’s nothing you can do about it now. You’ve just got to move on and realize that the refs have a tough job and no one is perfect.”

— The third heavily disputed call came early in the third quarter when Desmond Trufant was called for interfering after a Nebraska returner caught a punt. Officials ruled a fair catch had been called, meaning Trufant could not make contact.

As he said after the game, Trufant said again on Monday that he didn’t think he committed a penalty.

“My coaches told me they thought I did a good job but I really haven’t seen it for myself yet,” he said.

He said he asked the official why a flag was thrown. “I asked them and he said he seen him make a fair catch and once he makes a fair catch I can’t touch him,” Trufant said. “But I didn’t see it. I was just doing my job but I guess he (the official) saw it a different way.”

— Kearse was also involved in another penalty later in the game, though one that Sarkisian said afterward was called correctly, when he was flagged for interfering with a kickoff returner when the Huskies attempted a “pooch” kick on an on-side kick — in that situation, the returner has to be allowed a chance to catch the ball.

Said Kearse: “That’s what we had been practicing and I just did exactly what the coaches asked me to do and I guess it’s against the rules, I didn’t know. I just did what they told me.”



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