I passed along some video of UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s media session earlier. Here are some of the transcribed quotes.
Opening statement: “We had a couple of opportunities early in the game that maybe could have changed the complexion of it. It was great getting the turnover right off the kickoff. … we just couldn’t quite execute, and then some opportunities early on in the ball game on both sides that we just weren’t able to execute. Against a team like this when you are playing an elite team in the country you have to execute well and it’s hard to beat them when you have 11 or 12 penalties. It’s hard to beat them when you don’t make plays when you have the opportunity to make them and when you bust coverages and things of that nature. It’s hard to beat them and then they are able to get the lead and play the style of football that they want to play and they can lean on on you in the running game. They were able to do that. And I would say about our team it wasn’t about want-to. I think they all wanted to play well and came in with the right attitude. I appreciated them fighting and competing to the end, I think we learned some things about some guys and what they can do well and what they are capable of and some other guys that we need to revisit and maybe look at some roles. I think that we have to try to find our identity offensively of what we are going to be and who we are going to be on the offensive side of the ball so that we can find some continuity and some rhythm and that was tough for us to do tonight.
“At the end of it all this is one of 13 games and there are plenty of things we need to learn from from this ball game and this environment playing an elite team like LSU, and there are things we are going to have to fix and fix quickly but the goal now is to go win next Saturday. And we’ve got to get some things fixed, figure out our identity offensively and get some players healthy so we can go out and have a nice performance back at home against Portland State.”
On the offensive issues: “We were searching again tonight. Felt like we were trying to find something to get us going and it took us a while to find even that. What can we go to do lean on when things go astray and we are struggling offensively and what is our bread and butter and who is our bread and butter and what are the types of plays we are going to run to get our rhythm going again and that’s something we have to identify here in the next 24-48 hours as a staff and get that conveyed to our players and practices it so we can come out and move the ball through adverse times.”
On the protection for Keith Price: “We try to protect Keith as best we could today and he battled and competed like he always does. We had a couple of blown assignments where we didn’t block a blitzer, that’s a day one (of camp) protection for whatever reason, so we’ve got to get that fixed.. We had another one where we dint get out of our stance at left tackle and he took a pretty good shot there. So there are some things there that can spook you and make you think that they have these great pass rushes coming when in reality a couple of those were just unblocked guys hitting the quarterback that shouldn’t have been unblocked. On to the third (right) tackle now too with Mike Criste in there and you try to help him through the environment as well, but we will get together. We’ve got a good coaching staff and we will get to a point to where we believe in our plan and what we are doing and our guys will go out and execute it very well. … I think that we will find it and we will do the things that we are capable of doing and doing well and getting Keith back in rhythm and getting the ball to our playmakers.”
On some of the big pass plays on defense: “I think guys when you are able to run the ball the way they are running you can get nosy in the secondary and start looking in the backfield because you want to lend support in the run game and I think that’s what happened on the halfback pass. The second one, on the touchdown, was just a blown coverage. Just blew it.”
On what was the offensive gameplan today: “I was hopeful that we could be multiple enough to keep them on their heels in a sense and that wasn’t just throwing the ball. We wanted to run the football some and keep the defense off the field. We just had a hard time on first and 10 football. It got really difficult for us, We were living in second and long which in turn put us in a lot of third and longs and against this team and their style of play they can play really good man to man coverage or they can come after your quarterback its going to be a long day for you if you are living in second and third and longs and we just couldn’t give Keith enough stuff to slow them down to get 5-6-7 yards on irst and 10, We were getting one, minus one, minus two and it made for a long day.”
On LSU: “They are pretty good. They are very physical. Sometimes it’s hard to put things in perspective until you see them break the huddle and you see the size of their O-line, their tight ends are big guys. The tailback group is probably the most impressive group I’ve ever seen. Those are four NFL tailbacks that they re running the ball with and then obviously defensively the athleticism. We had a couple of plays where I felt like we were going to have some plays that had some pretty good yards, pretty good chucks of yards and it was a like a gain of five..Their athleticism and speed showed up. So that’s a good team.”
On the backwards pass ruled an incomplete pass: “That’s what I thought, that’s why I challenged it. I was right there, that’s what I perceived it to be, They didn’t see it that way I don’t know what else to say about it.”