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Husky Football Blog

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October 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Huskies set school record for defensive touchdowns

Hau’oli Kikaha talks about Washington’s knack for turning turnovers into touchdowns. The Husky defense has scored six times this season, which is a school record dating back to 1951.

Kikaha has forced two fumbles and recovered one.

(How do you explain Washington’s ability to turn turnovers into touchdowns?) “We have really dynamic players on defense and on our team in general. When the ball is in our defensive players’ hands it can go the other way really quick. Our mantra is score and get the ball back. I’d never heard that before out of coaches. It’s so cool to hear that for the first time. Everybody is usually like tackle the ball, fall on the ground, create turnovers and give the offense the ball. But ‘score’ is like our No. 1 job. It’s bizarre to think that way. Nobody talks like that, but Coach K brought that to our defense.”

(That’s a different way of thinking.) “Our coaches emphasize attacking the ball. Normal defenses attack the ball, try to get it and or get it on the ground. This is like attack the ball and take it away and score.”

UW's Marcus Peters (21) hops on teammate John Timu to celebrate Timu's 63-yard interception return for a touchdown Saturday against Arizona State. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

UW’s Marcus Peters (21) hops on teammate John Timu to celebrate Timu’s 63-yard interception return for a touchdown Saturday against Arizona State. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

(What did you think about John Timu’s touchdown last week?) “I knew I soon as I looked up, he’s out. That’s an exciting feeling to see one of your brothers snag the ball and take it away. Everybody waits for that opportunity. John is a super smart. He gets those opportunities fairly often because he puts himself in the right position to make those plays.”

(Is it true every defensive player really wants to be an offensive guy?) “Everybody wants to score touchdowns. Everybody wants to be the guy. When you come to the realization that you’re not that guy or you can be a better guy somewhere else on the field then you got to go. But when you get your opportunity to score, it’s golden. I’m waiting for mine still. I’m getting one before the season.”

(I was going to go there. When are you getting your touchdown?) “It’s so crazy. It’s disappointing. Sometimes if I get the ball out of the quarterback’s hands, they recover it. It’s frustrating. I want to score. Against Stanford, Shaq stripped the ball and I’m right there reaching for it, but he’s faster and he snatches it up and he scores a touchdown. I want to be as fast as that guy.”

Turnovers to touchdowns
Washington has returned six turnovers for touchdowns to set a school record. Here’s a look.

Date                Opponent                   Outcome

Sept. 13           Illinois                         Shaq Thompson 36-yard interception

Sept. 13           Illinois                         Thompson 52-yard fumble recovery

Sept. 20           Georgia State             John Timu 35-yard interception

Sept. 27           Stanford                      Thompson 32-yard fumble recovery

Oct. 11              California                    Thompson 100-yard fumble recovery

Oct. 25             Arizona State               Timu 63-yard interception

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