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Husky Football Blog

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November 9, 2013 at 10:38 PM

UW’s Steve Sarkisian: ‘That was fantastic for our guys’

John Timu congratulates Husky defensive back Marcus Peters on his 53-yard fumble recovery for touchdown in the third quarter against Colorado Saturday. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

John Timu congratulates Husky defensive back Marcus Peters on his 53-yard fumble recovery for touchdown in the third quarter against Colorado Saturday. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian after the Huskies’ 59-7 victory over Colorado on Saturday night at Husky Stadium:

(Opening) That was a great start to the fourth quarter of our season. I though all three phases performed really well. On the offense in the first half we were really efficient. We ran it, we threw it. I thought Keith used his legs tonight as good as or better than he has all year, running the ball. I thought he distributed the ball really well to a variety of people; Jaydon, Kevin, Bishop out of the backfield, Austin with some big plays, Marvin Hall, so a lot of different guys. Defensively, in the third quarter, creating those three turnovers was big. That was one of the things we emphasized coming out of the bye-week, and then we get three turnovers and two of them go for touchdowns. So that was fantastic for the guys. And a lot of guys got to play, which was huge. Especially with the short week a lot of the starters didn’t have to play too much in the second half. We got to get back to it tomorrow and get ready for UCLA.

(on Austin getting more involved this week) Honestly, when you lose Kasen, who is a talented guy especially on those one-on-ones, we found some things there to get Austin some one-on-one opportunities. If the game hadn’t gone the way t had gone he probably would have gotten more. We had a few more tricks up our sleeves to get him the ball. Again, I’ve been saying it every week; he blocked his tail off tonight again. So many of those runs are going behind him. That holding penalty against him, I don’t know, I’ll have to look at the film but it sure didn’t look like he held him. But he’s blocking great and his energy is really good. He’s a force when he’s got one-on-one match-ups. It was good and Keith found him and allowed him to go up and make some plays.

(on scoring 21 points in two minutes of possession) It was a little odd, the whole game was. I’ve always said I respect the game and I respect the football gods and you just try to do things the right way and the way that third quarter went when we were scoring on defense, not even on offense, it was a little bit odd. But I was happy for our defense because we need to do that, we need to create turnovers. We need to knock the ball loose and intercept passes. So I thought that was big.

(on John Ross’ plays) I think the world of John Ross when he has the ball in his hands. It is a point of emphasis for us, and it was going into the game. Obviously he gets it in the kick-returns, but we’re still trying to find ways to get him the ball. It is hard to take Jaydon off the field because he is doing so many good things for us as well. But that’s the luxury of having a lot of weapons and we’re fortunate that way. He is electric when he has the ball in his hands, that’s for sure.

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