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November 23, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Sarkisian post-game quotes

I’m having trouble loading the video of Steve Sarkisian’s post-game media session. But here are some quotes:

Opening Statement: “Obviously a really disappointing loss. I don’t think it was for lack of trying. I felt like Washington State made some really good plays late in the game — their quarterback avoiding some sacks to create some big plays was a big factor. I don’t know what the final total number but the penalties were a big factor, I think it was 18, that’s a ridiculous number of penalties. Obviously the big one late on the third and one, we thought we got them to jump and we got called for the penalty. And then the ultimate execution of it all, when it came down to it, they had the momentum, we thought we regained it and had a chance to when the game and when they got their chance, they were able to do it. There is probably more to the game as we continue to talk about it but that’s it in a nutshell.”

On the penalties maybe not being good calls: “I don’t know, we got called on them, if they call them, they are penalties, I don’t know what else to say about it.”

On the explanation for the false start on third and one from the officials: “That Keith (Price) drew them offsides. I was trying to ask that myself, the nose tackle jumped, it’s not like the edge guy that’s looking at Keith, it’s the guy standing in front of Keith, not real sure.”

On what went wrong on the field goal attempt: “You know, I don’t know if it was the best snap, Cody (Bruns) was able to get it down, it didn’t look like he hit very well at all, didn’t look like he struck the ball.”

On how he felt about his team’s energy: “I thought our energy was fine, I thought they were doing a few different things up front defensively, that caused some issues up front, I thought they played hard up front, and in turn, we got a couple holdings in there and had a difficult protecting the quarterback early in the game and then other issues came up but I don’t think the energy was an issue for us, I thought our guys were fired up[ and ready to go, we didn’t execute.”

On what WSU did in the second half on defense: “I just thought they kept playing hard, quite honestly. They pressured enough for that to be a factor, variety of secondary pressures. At the end of the day when you have first and longs, second and longs, that over time gets hard, it’s a lot easier to live in second and mediums and third and mediums and third and shorts. We couldn’t do that offensively and that made the game really difficult for us offensively.”

On if there was any complacency up 28-10: “I don’t think so at all. We came out, had a great rush on the quarterback, almost goes down, makes a great play, gets up and finds a guy downfield, it’s a great play. If we sack him right there it’s about a 20 yard loss and he was able to get out of it. When you upset teams, sometimes you need those types of plays and you need those types of plays and they got a couple tonight.”

On WSU shutting the run game down: “Credit to Washington State up front, I felt like we’ve played better than we played up front tonight, we weren’t as physical and really firing off the ball as we would have liked to, I thought they got some internal penetration on us that caused issues and then some of the secondary pressures were able to make some big plays for them when there corner blitzes and different things and the sacks, ultimately, that doesn’t help.”

On Price’s turnover in overtime: “I couldn’t tell exactly. We had a full-field read for Keith where he was working from right to left, looked like he was going through his progression and I’m not sure what happened in the protection, couldn’t really see it all, it looked like he was trying to check down and got hit, I’ll have to look at the film.”

On the trick play with Bruns to start the game: “We just thought with the formations, we had been using quite a bit of bunch formation and overloaded the formation to bring something out the back door. They brought a pressure that really caused quite a bit of issues with Cody coming around, it wasn’t my best play call.”

On the penalties in the secondary: “We’re close, we’re right there, tight coverage and they deemed them pass interference, I can argue with them until I’m blue in the face, but at the end of the day, they have the power there to make those calls.”

On any thought of kicking the ball before taking timeout at the end of the game: “I just wanted to make sure our execution was right, I wanted to end the game with that kick. That’s why with the way the clock was set up that we have the ability to take it down and make it the last play of the game. The last thing I wanted to do was kick and have 25/30 seconds left and make a play and then they are kicking with the wind. I was hopeful we could draw them off on 3rd and one to try to keep it more natural. We got the penalty third and six and I had to run in order to keep the clock moving, we got close, weren’t able to convert the first down and the way time was set up, we could get a timeout with five seconds left and make it the last play of the game.”

On Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ health: “Yeah he was hobbled a little bit tonight and he’s had a nagging ankle for quite some time.”



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