The Huskies were left a little shell-shocked by the loss here to Stanford tonight, a game in which they were simply pushed around by a much better team for 60 minutes.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian, however, said the key now will be moving on.
“There is a lot of football left to be played,” Sarkisian said. “And at the end of it all we are a 5-2 football team. And we’ve got five games to go and we can to one of two ways now, and one of the keys is for us not to feel sorry for ourselves and sulk and feel down. We’ve got to get back up and get ready to play Arizona next Saturday.”
A few other thoughts from Sarkisian:
Opening statement: “We got beat in all three phases. They are a good football team. I tip my hat to Stanford.. …We were spotty and we missed some opportunities that maybe could have changed the complexion of the game there, some opportunities and we just didn’t captitalize and against a good team like that if you don’t capitalize on some opportunities that’s what happens. They wear you out and they wear you down. We couldn’t keep pace with them and we knew they were going to be a good third quarter team and I thought a real killer was the pick six there right before the half was a real blow to our psyche, and then to come out and be non-existant offensively in the third quarter was real disappointing.”
On the offensive struggles: “They were horrible play calls. I lost my mojo. So I’ve got to find it.”
On Stanford’s offense: “They ran the ball. They tried to throw it and we defended the passes and they ran the ball.”
On Stanford’s running game: “They did a couple of things with some of their formations and different things. I thought they just executed really well and we would defend the play and defend the play and the one time we would get out of a gap, bang. And it wasn’t a gain of 12. They just executed really well like a good team does, like a good team that knows their stuff. … I don’t think it was from a lack of physicality. I think at times we just weren’t right and when you are not right against this good of a team they make you pay.”’
On if he’s ever seen an offensive line like Stanford’s before: “2005 USC. I watched it every game.”
On what he told the team afterward: “That I hate losing, quite honestly. I would have felt the same if they had to kick a field goal with no time left to beat us or if they beat us 60-whatever to whatever it was I hate it. It sucks. We’ve got to get back up and start preaparing for Arizona and go get the next win because that’s what makes you feel good in this profession.”
You can see all of Sarkisian’s post-game interview below:
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