Here’s some video of UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s meeting with the media following Saturday’s loss to Oregon. There are some transcribed quotes below the video:
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Opening statement: “Well, obviously, I’m disappointed. I thought it was a tremendous atmosphere for Husky Stadium. I thought our fans really brought a lot of energy and excitement and, unfortunately, we didn’t perform well enough offensively to win. You can’t have three turnovers, you can’t have six sacks, you can’t give a team like Oregon short fields and expect to beat them. The reality of it is that you can’t expect to win against a really good team when you perform that way. I’m disappointed in that. I was proud of our defense to hold those guys to 200 yards below their average. I thought that our guys played hard defensively. We minimized the big play. I thought one of the crucial plays of the game, with everything that went on, was when we cut the lead to 24-17 and they had a third and nine and they hit the seam route to (David) Paulson for a gain of, I think, 35 (actually 34). I thought that was one of the key moments of the ball game. But then we couldn’t get right offensively after that. It’s very disappointing, obviously. I was not anticipating our inability to block them up front, and some uncharacteristic throws by Keith [Price]. We’ll get back and we’ll fix it, and we have to fix it quickly. As we all know, we head down to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum next Saturday, so we have to get right and get right fast.
On Keith Price’s night: “I don’t think he was jittery. It was a big coaching point going into the game for Keith. They’ve got two really savvy safeties back there in [John] Boyett and [Eddie] Pleasant. They do a nice job of reading the quarterback’s eyes. We really tried to work it all week in understanding that, when you stare in a direction, those safeties are really going to go. It took him two interceptions to maybe believe us, that that was going to happen. I don’t think it was because he was jittery. I think it was just because those guys made plays and we didn’t have great pockets for him tonight. We just didn’t protect well enough. Their safeties made nice plays. I thought they followed Keith’s eyes really well; they anticipated. They weren’t his best throws, either, and they got over the top. I thought he got just a little undisciplined in his footwork. So, there were mistakes that were made but I really think, after all of that, we overcame that and got it to 24-17 and just didn’t perform late in the game. From the middle of the third quarter on, we just didn’t perform offensively.