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October 28, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Post-game video — UW coach Steve Sarkisian

Here’s the video of Steve Sarkisian’s post-game press conference following the 20-17 win over Oregon State. And below are a few transcribed quotes:

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General Comments: “Obviously excited about the W. I thought our kids showed a great deal of resiliency. It was a tremendous amount of adversity that they were faced with in the game and they continued to show the mental and physical toughness that teams need to possess to beat a top 10 ranked team opponent. At the end of the day, I don’t know how pretty it was, we had some penalties and things and that’s a good football team obviously in Oregon State. I was proud of the character our guys possessed, their ability to persevere when the game could’ve really started swaying in Oregon State’s favor when they notched it up 10-10 but our defense continually came up with stops. As we touch on so many times after games, the turnover battle we won 4-1, you give yourselves a pretty good chance to win the game. We got to go play again next Friday.”

On why they play better against teams that don’t hurry up and like to grind out games: “I don’t know if it’s our personnel, our scheme, or our depth or whatever it is, it all adds up. Part of it is, we have to understand we have to carry the emotion we have at home and bring it on the road with us. I think that’s part of the factor. We’ve played very good defense at home all season long. I think we’ve given up a total of six touchdowns on defense now in five home games so that’s a pretty good ratio. Ultimately looking at whatever we are doing against the teams that hurry us up and stay in an aggressive attack mode, because I think we were in that mode tonight defensively and it was obviously fun to watch.”

On if they could just get one big play offensively, it could turn change the game and how Keith Price played: “Keith’s coming. He is starting to come for us. I thought what was really cool tonight with Keith is when we got Kasen (Williams) isolated one-on-one, he took his chances with him and Kasen has the capability when he is one-on-one to go make those types of plays. That was obviously a big one down to the one-yard line and then maybe an even bigger one on a third down play later in the fourth quarter into double coverage. He makes a tremendous catch and they tack on 15 yards with the targeting penalty. I think Keith is understanding the type of player that Kasen can be, and by doing so that is going to help ASJ and Jaydon Mickens who I thought made a couple of big plays tonight for us in the passing game as well. We’ve just got to continue finding consistency and balance, we came out with a real purpose to try to run the ball early in the game, and I thought we did that effectively early and then they made adjustments to take that away. It took the passing game there at the end to ultimately put 10 more points on the board with the big plays to Kasen.”

On the personal foul on Danny Shelton during Timu’s interception return: “I didn’t see it but I can’t see everything. The headsets were that there wasn’t one but I don’t know, maybe he got the wrong number, I’m not sure what happened. I do know we had some plays after the whistle tonight I think there was about 3 or so. I believe they called one on Danny, one on Talia Crichton, and one on Jarret Finau, that we have to try to clean up and there’s a fine line of playing a physical, aggressive brand of football and doing it through the echo of the whistle but not after. I don’t want to take away our stinger either, I thought our guys played with a real sense of purpose tonight.”

On the bend but not break mentality this defense seems to have: “There was a little bit of that, we gave up a couple plays that were a little bit disappointing. The touchdown to Cooks, we played the bubble great all night, Sean Parker went out with an injury, he had to get his ankle retaped, (Will) Shamburger came in and there was just a little bit of miscommunication, the backup comes in and between him and Tru (Desmond Trufant), sure enough they popped us on the big one. I’d like to think we can clean that up. The second touchdown pass, we are in good position on that one and then the deep ball, Justin Glenn is in good position, I think we make that play more times than not, some of the yards came on stuff I think we can clean up. I thought we were effective in defending the run enough. I thought our pressure on the quarterback was pretty good at times, I thought (Josh) Shirley had a couple good rushes. All in all, they had a lot of opportunities, at the end of the day, when we had to make our plays, especially in the red zone, we made them.”

On Sean Parker’s play: “I thought this was probably Sean’s best game of the year. The numbers say that but also Sean is a really cool kid in that he prepares so well and that he wants to do so well, mentally and physically. He’s had times in the season where he is almost trying too hard and gets himself out of position and give up a play here or there. Tonight he played a real disciplined game, at least from my vantage point, he’s understanding that next play mentality that’s needed. By doing so, he put himself in good position to make plays, the hit was also a great hit but he had other plays in the game that had an impact for other guys to make plays and that was what was encouraging.”

On getting ahead early in order to emphasize the run throughout the game: “We just wanted to make it so that we weren’t in a pass mode, because if we get into pass mode, because if we just get into pass mode, their D-line with Crichton and Winn and those guys rushing the passer, it would have made the game very difficult for us. We wanted to make it a point to where they had to defend the run and then we could utilize the play action pass, they did some nice things with their man coverage that negated things we thought we could get down the field, but our ability to make this thing a game and not to where they could get ahead and then we’re dropping back to pass and exposing Keith. They’ve got a great pass rusher in Crichton, he’s leading the conference with 8 sacks coming in, so we didn’t want the game to go that way, that’s why there was such an emphasis on running the ball early.”

On bouncing back from what happened in Tucson against Arizona: “I think that sometimes, in this sport and probably all sports, games go certain ways, when you get beat, it’s not that we wanted to get beat, we didn’t want to go out and not play well at Arizona, it’s not like we got on the plane and ate ice cream and sang Christmas carols to one another, we were pissed too. I think that sometimes gets misconstrued that everyone else is upset and we’re not, so I think the guys kind of what I thought was cool, they locked arms and came together and understood it was going to take everybody to make this happen, and it was going to take everybody on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, we had some real tough, physical practices, where it was a lot of one on ones and a lot of guys with the camera spotlight on them. We were going to find out who was competing and who was doing things right and who wasn’t and who was going to fix it by the next day. And I thought that really helped and they held each other accountable, it wasn’t just holding each other accountable on Saturday, they held each other accountable throughout the week and the end result is that we played pretty good tonight.”

On what he was thinking on Coon’s final field goal attempt: “I didn’t say anything to him. I didn’t think he would miss it. He was right down the middle, I really wasn’t concerned about it.”

On the defense’s strong play in the first half before giving up over 300 yards in the second: “They came out and they gave us a couple formational things that we had to adjust to and we had the lapse on the Cooks touchdown that really shouldn’t have happened, they are going to complete the ball but it should have been about a gain of 2 or 3 like it was all night long. We just didn’t play it very well. And then they get some momentum, they kickoff and we get the late hit after the kickoff we’re held back at our own end, we punt, they get good field position, and then I think they get a field goal on that next series. They got some momentum going in their favor and I thought our guys really responded and held in and we got the lead and they hit some passes. I think it probably helped that they changed quarterbacks and Vaz gave them a little shot in the arm there at the end.”

On how badly they needed this win to bounce back: “Well we needed it for our own well being, it wasn’t so much about the record at the end, it was for what’s inside of us. Pride is a powerful thing, and you earn pride, it’s not given and we earned it tonight.”

On choosing to run the ball early and often against a typically stout OSU defense: “Well I thought we had a good plan and we knew where they were going to be, we knew their defenses essentially. I had to do it. Just from what was needed in our locker room and our team room. We had to come out and instill our will. We had to run the football.”

On this game feeling like going behind Safeway: “There was a lot of punches being thrown, literally. But I’m just happy for our players, they work really hard and they want to do well. I’m proud of their ability to respond when challenged and they keep doing it well for me. The challenge now is that we got a short week and we’re going on the road, we got a shift in the schedule here, and try to put two in a row together.”



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