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October 6, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Keith Price: ‘I’m not blaming the refs at all. We just have to play better’

Kevin Smith tries to console Keith Price after an official rule showed that Smith was unable to complete a reception on fourth-and-10 that ended the game for Washington. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times

Kevin Smith tries to console Keith Price after an official rule showed that Smith was unable to complete a reception on fourth-and-10 that ended the game for Washington. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times

Keith Price after No. 15 Washington’s 31-28 loss at No. 5 Stanford:

When did you see Kevin Smith open? “Right when I scrambled. I should’ve threw a better ball. … I thought it was complete at first; turns out, it wasn’t. If I had threw the ball a little higher …”

How hard was it, because you were ready to run that next play and all of a sudden it’s over? “It’s tough, man. It’s tough. You know you have a chance to win the ball game, and who’s to say? I don’t know if he caught it or dropped it or whatever. I didn’t see the replay. But to have the game end like that, it’s no fun.”

How surprised were you that they overturned it? That they could see it conclusive? “I was very surprised that they found a way to see it. I guess the referee made a good call. I’m not blaming the refs at all. We just have to play better. We have to play better in the first half. Offensively, we had too many turnovers and we were shooting ourselves in the foot.”

How close were you to getting that second snap off? “Real close. It was trying to go.”

Did you hear the whistle blow as you were snapping it? “Yeah, as I was snapping it, the whistle blew.”

Because you knew (the replay) was coming? “Right.”

What goes through your mind? Trying to go as fast as you can, and all of a sudden it’s like … “Exactly. It was the last play of the game offensively. It’s just tough, man. It’s tough. We were so close to winning the ballgame. We felt that we could win. Stanford is a great team, but we have a pretty good team as well.”

How different is the feeling now? I know you don’t want to go with an L, but you proved something here, right? “Yeah, we already knew that we were a good team. We knew that it was going to be a hard-fought one. But I’m proud of the guys the way that they came back and they bounced back in the second half. The defense played phenomenal. So I wish we had a couple more explosive plays to kind of help them out in the first half. But I’m proud of the way the defense fought back in the second half.”

As a leader, what do you say after this? It’s late Saturday night and you have  a huge game coming up to get their mind back in it. “We know we’re not far off at all. We understand that Stanford is a good team. We understand that Oregon is a good team. These are both games that’s going to determine the championship. That’s ultimately our goal. So we know that they’re going to come to Seattle hungry. We know that we’re going to be hungry. We’re going to look at the film, but we’ll be ready for Oregon next week.”

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