Washington players react after a 59-7 victory over Colorado:
UW linebacker Shaq Thompson
(on getting pressure on the quarterback and turnovers) It was great pursuit from our D-lineman. We really stressed the issue of getting to our quarterback and getting the ball out. There was a great tip ball by Marcus and a nice play by Tre, and Sean Parker got one. It was a great strip by Shirley then a great play by Marcus. First thing we have to do is score when we get the ball.
(on next week’s matchup against UCLA) We are not going to do anything different. They are just like any other team. Just because they are UCLA and in the top 20 doesn’t mean we have to worry about doing anything different. It is just another game.
(on getting banged up) Yeah I’m good, it was just a little stinger.
UW nose tackle Danny Shelton
(on getting pressure on the quarterback) Coming off this break everyone was tired of staying home. Everyone missed football. As D-Linemen we just made it our goal to get in the quarterback’s face and creating turnovers. He is a freshman and a good quarterback. There were times in the game where he was too patient and comfortable with where he was. We just want to keep doing it for the rest of the season.
(on next weeks matchup against UCLA) We will watch some film tomorrow and see what we need to do. UCLA has a good quarterback too, so we just have to keep him contained in the cage. We can’t leave any openings for him to run. We just have to get in his face because he is a good quarterback.
UW safety Sean Parker
(on forcing turnovers) Coach told me it was coming before they ran the play. I relied on my technique, and just played what I saw and made the play.
(on gaining momentum for UCLA) We will take whatever we can get. UCAL is a good team. After a week of preparation we are going to go down there and play husky football.
UW running back Dwayne Washington
(on winning big) It feels good. We just came out here ready to play on offense, defense, special teams. We prepared for them all week long and it was a good night.
(on scoring touchdown) It felt good. It was great getting back on the field and playing with my team.
(on huge offensive night) We didn’t do anything different. We just executed our plays and played hard and everything worked out.
UW receiver John Ross
(on winning big) It’s normal around here. We don’t lose at home and we really try to stand by that and play like it. Tonight was just another step — another team in the way of where we need to be.
(on being bowl eligible) It’s awesome. Especially for the young guys on the team, it’s going to be a huge experience. It’s like getting extra benefits after the season. But we still have three more to go, and UCLA is where all our focus is right now.
(on big offense night) The offense keyed in on what they needed to get done. Coach told us to not let up on the gas until he told us to. Those first three quarters we were on the gas and didn’t let up.
UW receiver Jaydon Mickens
(on getting the win) It feels good. We got to six wins. We’re coming off a three-game losing streak, but we came back focused, determined, and ready to go. And tonight we got that sixth win, became bowl eligible, and you have to be happy about that.
(on great offensive game) From day one on Monday, we were in the film room looking at these guys. We saw the holes, we knew what we had to do to get open, and tonight we just executed the things we were told all week.
(on younger guys getting playing time) It helps the team out a lot because you never know what’s going to happen. It’s football. Just like Kasen last week, somebody can go down and we need those young guys to step up. And them getting some playing time really shows that we have some young guys who can contribute when we need them to.
(on preparation for next week) We’re just going to prepare how we regularly prepare. We’re going to look at them and try to find as many holes as we can and make plays off of them. Basically, we’re just going to come out and play hard.