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November 2, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Post-game quotes

Here are some post-game quotes from both locker rooms:

WASHINGTON HEAD COACH STEVE SARKISIAN

General Comments: “I thought we showed a great deal of resiliency as a group but also from some individuals, which was pretty cool to see. For Bishop (Sankey), after having the first half he had then fumbling a couple times then to come back down in the stretch and put the game away was really cool. That was a physical game. We obviously have got a lot of guys we’ve got to get extensive looks at tomorrow for a variety of things. At the end of the day, you find a way to win. I think that’s a sign of a good football team that you can find a way to win a game that is ugly, that the ball is just going back and forth, from one play to the next to the next.

“I thought Cal played hard. I thought their receivers made some tremendous catches in some one-on-one settings. But at the end of the day, our defense was good again. It’s unfortunate we gave up a long run on third and forever, but outside of that I thought our defensive guys did a nice job creating the turnovers, pressuring the quarterback, playing the football down the field. The end result – we’ve won two in a row. And like I’ve said before, when it came to losing, losing can be contagious, but so is winning. Winning is pretty contagious.”

On Swings of Emotion Due to so Many Turnovers: “It’s hard because you want to play off of the emotion especially when it’s in your favor and you want things to go your way and capitalize on the opportunities that you get. But also you want to find some rhythm in your offense, too, and we just hit a stretch there where we couldn’t find any rhythm. We’d run it; we were losing two (yards). We’d try to throw it there, and it was just hard. It was ugly. But we found a way to hit some runs there late and punch the thing into the end zone.”

On UW’s Red Zone Defense: “It was big. Our red zone defense was tremendous tonight. Not only early in the game creating a couple of the turnovers, but forcing the field goals. It was obviously the bend but don’t break mentality was going on there for a while.”

On Running the Ball Extensively on UW’s Final Touchdown Drive: “I was hopeful that we could do that. We were sitting on – I believe it was about a second and six there – with the ball at about the middle of the field. And we called a run on the second down, and I was hopeful that we could get into a second and short or convert a first down. And sure enough Bishop hits the run that gets us down to the six-inch line that made it really easy to run it again.”

On Going for it Twice on Fourth and One: “The first one they kind of got off better than we got off, it looked like to me. They kind of got into us and knocked us back a little bit; good job by them. The second one I thought we had a chance to get the ball on the perimeter a little easier, and maybe Bishop thought, It’s fourth and one. I need to stuff it inside. And if he could do it all over again, I think he would’ve stayed outside. I think we had a chance to get something on the perimeter. But they play, too, and they did a nice job on the fourth downs.”

WASHINGTON PLAYERS

Keith Price, QB
On his TD pass to TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins: “I think that I should have given him a back shoulder [throw] so I just extended the play. I saw the guys downfield and I knew that I was going to give him a chance. I just threw the ball up to him. I threw the ball up, and I had trust that he was going to win that match up and he had maybe six inches on the guy, so I wasn’t worried about that, and he came down with it. A great catch.”

On having more cohesion with the offense:”I’m trusting guys. I think that was the big thing in the past couple of weeks, me trusting the guys around me. Not feeling as if I had to win the games by myself, and I got myself in a lot of trouble doing that. I got myself into trouble tonight trying to force something that wasn’t there instead of getting rid of the ball. But the defense had the offenses back. I’ve definitely been trusting Austin [Seferian-Jenkins], [WR Kasen Williams] and all of the other guys around me.'”

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE
On setting and tying school records in this game:
“I’m just thankful for the opportunity. Coach Sarkisian along with Keith Price, being one of the best I’ve ever played with, the offensive line. I’m just thankful for everyone around me because without them I’d be nothing.”

On his TD catch in the third quarter: “[QB Keith Price] knew what he was doing. He was giving me a chance to make a play on the ball and it was a great throw by Keith. I was lucky enough to come down with the ball and make a big play for the team.”

On RB Bishop Sankey’s performance: “We definitely needed the run game and Bishop’s been applying that all season. I think that he’s the most underrated player on our team, if not, the MVP of our team. He’s done a lot for us. A lot of people coming into this season thought that it would be a cooperative group or a lot of groups of backs. I think that a lot of people came in surprised that he’s doing what he’s doing. I think that everyone in the room knew what he could do, along with his potential. He’s not doing anything special, he’s just doing what he’s capable of, and that’s the cool thing about it.”

Cody Bruns, WR
On getting their first road win: “A great win. Our focus all week was to get this one. One step at a time, it was a great team effort. There was a lot of adversity, but we came together. It was awesome.”

On wearing suits to this away game: “It was a business trip. Definite business trip. Everybody had to dress up, and we got the message.

On the teams’ play tonight: “We stuck together. A lot of things didn’t go our way, but we just kept on fighting and battling. When it mattered, most we got the job done.”

On keeping focus throughout the turnovers: “Bringing it back to practice, coach Sarkisian puts us in these situations. We don’t like to turn the ball over that much, obviously, but when things happen, we’ve just got to have that next-play mentality.”
CALIFORNIA HEAD COACH Jeff Tedford

On Cal’s defense: “We came up with some turnovers and got the ball out. We still didn’t tackle very well. We don’t have a lot of depth to be able to rotate guys in. The guys are battling their hardest trying to get the job done. There is no one else to play, so those guys are competing hard. Their back (Bishop Sankey) did a good job spinning out of tackles and getting extra yards.”

On Cal’s red-zone inefficiency: “The fumbles obviously hurt us. We were moving the ball well, but put the ball on the ground. We had a couple of open receivers that we were a little high with the ball.”

On touchdown pass to Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins: “From my angle, Steve (Williams) went up with him, but it was a jump ball and the guy made a great catch. He is one of the best tight ends in the country. It is unfortunate that we let (QB Keith) Price out of the pocket because that is where he hurts you the most. He did that again tonight. When we kept him in the pocket we did a pretty good job, but when he got out of the pocket he hit the tight end. It wasn’t a busted coverage, it was just a mismatch in personnel.”

On Zach Maynard missing Keenan Allen: “I don’t think that he missed (Keenan Allen). The young guys played really hard, and made some big catches. You lose the all-time leading receiver, your team’s leading receiver; not having him there is going to make a little bit of a difference. But the young guys played hard and were able to give us some time. The future is bright with those young receivers.”

On WR Chris Harper: “Harper wants to step up every week. He is a very talented guy who is learning each and every week on things like timing and ball security. Unfortunately he put one on the ground last week, but he cares a lot as does Darius Powe. Those are great young guys with great attitudes. They are very strong competitors, they are good students of the game. You wonder going into a game like this if there are going to be blown assignments, but they did a good job. Harper had to step up and punt return, and he did a nice job of that.”

On not being able to go to a bowl this year: “The bowl game situation is obviously disappointing. It is not something we are used to. You work very hard – the players and staff invest a lot of time and energy – so it is always disappointing to not be able to play in the postseason. It does not happen to us often, and it is not a good feeling. With all the effort they put in you want to see them rewarded with a bowl game. The program is fine; we had a down year. Two years ago we didn’t go to a bowl game, but we lost our starting quarterback (Kevin Riley) that year and lost close games. We need to continue to recruit. We have a good group of young guys, from the offensive line to the skill players you saw today. I am very committed to getting the program back to where it needs to be.”

CALIFORNIA linebacker Nick Forbes:

On not making a bowl game this season: “It hasn’t hit me yet. My freshman year we didn’t go to a bowl game. It’s hard, but that’s not the reason why you play. You have to look at each opportunity to play (as) it’s a blessing to play the game at this level. That’s what you have to take away from it because a bowl game isn’t the only reason you play this game.”

On not winning despite the defensive performance with four turnovers forced: “You have to give credit to Washington. They have a very good defense as well. Those are the kind of games that you expect to play. You’re not surprised by those kinds of statistics on defense.”

On aggressive play: “It’s a very aggressive sport. This game was on a certain level a personal game to us. My freshman year they beat us on the last drive. We lost to them last year. There were a lot of guys that really wanted this game. It was just a hard-fought football game.”

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