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October 19, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Steve Sarkisian after UW’s 53-24 loss at Arizona State: ‘That was embarrassing’

ashington Huskies quarterback Keith Price can only watch as Arizona State defenders Chris Young and Gannon Conway celebrate after Conway forced Price to pass in the four quarter on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The Sun Devils pounded the Huskies 53-24. (John Lok/The Seattle Times)

ashington Huskies quarterback Keith Price can only watch as Arizona State defenders Chris Young and Gannon Conway celebrate after Conway forced Price to pass in the four quarter on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The Sun Devils pounded the Huskies 53-24. (John Lok/The Seattle Times)

Opening statement: “That was embarrassing. That was embarrassing. We weren’t good enough. We weren’t good enough. We weren’t well enough coached, we didn’t perform well enough, and we weren’t physical enough, nearly physical enough against a good football team. Give Arizona State credit. They outcoached us and they outplayed us, and at the end of the day the result was the result.”

On what the most concerning point was: “The line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, quite honestly. Our inability to block them up front, whether it be in the run game or the pass game, and then their ability to block us, to run the football, then to give their quarterback a lot of time to throw it down the field.”

On think they would have been able to establish Bishop Sankey more: “Yeah, as always we think we do. We obviously had a great first drive. I felt we could’ve moved the ball better than we did today, that’s for sure.”


On the issues with the passing game: “I think it’s a lot. I think we have to reassess as coaches, or schemes, to make sure we’re putting our players in positions to do what they do best. We have to assess, from a protection standpoint, that we’re giving ourselves the best chance to be successful against good front. Then, ultimately, we have to assess our execution, because our execution isn’t there where it needs to be, either.”

On Keith Price’s injury: “I think he’s probably pretty sore. He got hit quite a bit and his thumb is pretty sore. We did X-rays (on his thumb) and it came back negative, so that’s positive.”

On ever seeing this loss coming: “No, no. We’ve been fighting really hard and really well against good teams. For whatever reason, it didn’t happen today. I don’t know if I was necessarily concerned about it, but I didn’t want to let this happen. Unfortunately, sometimes when you think in the negative, the negative can come. I have to do a better job as a coach of keeping our guys motivated and positive and great energy, because when you’re in our conference, every week it’s a new challenge. We had a couple tough losses the last two weeks, and we just didn’t bring the same energy, physicality, and ultimately execution this week that we had the previous two weeks that gave us a chance in those games. That points right to me. I have to do a better job.”

On the last two games against Stanford and Oregon taking a toll for tonight’s game: “Potentially, potentially. I know we appeared a little tired tonight, in my opinion. We didn’t appear as fast, we didn’t appear as physical. We appeared as a team who got a little bit lethargic. Maybe we’re a little emotionally drained, but I don’t know. That’s an excuse and there are none. We don’t have time for excuses, we have to fix it.”

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