We’re up from the post-game interviews and beginning to write our stories in the press box of a new-empty stadium.
Now significant new injuries.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian said Desmond Trufant wasn’t 100 percent but probably could have played but they held him out knowing that they will need him next week against a WSU team that throws the ball a lot and that he should be 100 percent for next week.
Also, here are a couple of other quick quotes from Sarkisian, and then some video:
Opening statement: I thought this was an interesting game for us.We are not maybe as accustomed as some other teams are where you are supposed to go win games, especially on the road. And I thought we were probably our own worst enemy there in the first half of the football game, obviously some penalties, fumble inside the 5-yard line. But our defense was tremendous all day and defeated the run, played well against the pass, and I thought in the second half offensively we exhibited much more energy, our tempo was better, our playmaking ability was better and we showed the balance that is needed to be a good offensive football team. With it all, the defense continued on, the huge special teams play by Kevin Smith — I can’t wait to see the highlight of it myself, that is one for the ages. But we talked about the goal is to get to 9-4 this season and we couldn’t get to it without getting to No. 7 and now we can move on to the Apple Cup.
On Keith Price: “We came in at halftime and challenged them. It was maybe a little bit of tough love in the locker room at halftime. But we challenged these guys at halftime about the standard and expectation that they have set, it’s not something that we are still trying to get to. They have set a standard of play that is acceptable around here and what we were doing in the first half and not just Keith wasn’t acceptable, and I think he responded in the second half and I thought the rest of the unit responded. I thought the offensive line was better in the second half. I thought it was cool that a variety of receivers making plays down the field, Bishop (Sankey) did his thing again running the ball. It’s too bad he had the one long one called back, and Kendyl Taylor showed a real spark running the ball, too. So I thought our energy as a unit was better in the second half, but it starts with 17.”
On the message at halftime: “Play like we are capable of playing. I challenged them last night about not stubbing our toes. We had a couple of unfortunate penalties, again a block I guess after the whistle on Jaydon (Mickens), we had two offensive pass interference calls against us today, one on Kasen (Williams), one on Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Those things are frustrating to us because they set you back, and it’s hard to play football second and 30, second and 25, third and 25. But the message was play the way we are capable of playing. It’s not about trying too hard, it’s trusting your system, trusting your fundamentals, your techniques, the calls that need to be made, communicating with one another and then go execute. It’s not about all the plays that are on a call sheet and all that but playing the way we are capable of playing.”
Here is video of all of Sarkisian’s post-game press conference:
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Also, here is some video of the UW players signing the fight song with the Husky band and fans after the game:
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