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Washington-Oregon State Postgame Quotes
Release: 10/14/2006
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Oct. 14, 2006

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Washington Head Coach Tyrone Willingham

On Isaiah Stanback's injury: "It's a foot injury and we don't know the full extent, but it did not allow him to come back into the ball game. We will continue to work in the next few days and then we'll go from there.

On getting `beat in the trenches': "Usually when you got beat in the trenches, it's a sign that you got beat in the trenches. We took it on the chin in that particular area. If you win that battle, you usually have a pretty good chance to win the football game."

On the team's overall effort: "It was ok, it wasn't our best. More than anything else, we just didn't take advantage of the opportunities that we had."

On Oregon State's deep passes: "They hit a couple of times and then we had a couple of opportunities and at least one of them in the second half to make a tackle and keep it out of the end zone. But we didn't do that."

On going for it on fourth down: "You're in the in-between sometimes, where the field goal might be a little long and you might not gain much in the punt, so in those situations, I like to keep the ball and see what happens."

On the team getting out of the gates slow: "We've been talking about that all year - trying to get our guys out. I thought they were ready to go and prepared. We just didn't physically step up. Physically, they mauled us, taking the ball down the field. And they did a much better job blocking and running than we did blocking and tackling."

On having the momentum at halftime: "We tripped ourselves up a little bit, but we got turnovers took some opportunities to put scores up on the board. You feel like you're in good shape at the half, but you know you have to come out and really take the momentum in the third quarter and we didn't do that."

On performance before Isaiah's injury: "I think we struggled in a lot of places. It wasn't a great day for us anywhere - offensively, defensively. There wasn't that sharpness. We were doing some good things, it just wasn't as sharp. But don't think it was a USC-hangover."

On how a loss now affects the team's confidence: "We've got, from my vantage point, a very difficult second half of the season. It's not different than the second half - different teams and different challenges. The Pac-10 is very difficult. But there is a greater expectation - when we were sitting at 4-2 -- that changes a lot of perspectives - in and around the program. The challenge is the same because the goal is to win the next football game, but it will be slightly different because of the expectations."

On the physicality of the game: "This was a contest that we knew would be a knock-down drag out fight. This was football team that is a lot better [than their record showed]. They played a physical style and got after it. And we just didn't match it."

On the disappointment from two-straight losses: "When you lose, it's always disappointing. You always hurt. And if they don't hurt, then I'm disappointed because then, what are you working for? What are your goals? So, our guys will be stretched, as you are any time you lose, to bounce back and be ready to go for your next ball game."

On Yvenson Bernard's performance: "First of all, he is a good back. They have a good offensive line and they perform well. We have to get better up front and better on our tackles. It's all of those. We need to get better and he is a good back. It was a scrum and that thing just surged forward and you couldn't even see him."

On positives to take away from the game: "There will always be something positive to take away. But right now, what looms the largest is that we didn't win the football game. It's hard at this moment. Tomorrow, yes, there will be positives."

Washington Players

TAILBACK Kenny James
General Comments:
"We just didn't finish. That is all I have to say about that."

On running the ball more: "We felt like we could come in here and run the ball and I think that we did that. We successfully did that to a certain extent. Like I said we just didn't finish. We didn't get the victory and that is all that matters."

On the positive aspects of the game: "I think that we did a lot of good things today. I felt like we overcame adversity at one point when they came down and scored, we put 17 on the board. In the second half when our defense made them go three and out, we couldn't capitalize on that."

On OSU's Yvenson Bernard: "He had a good day. But I think that our defense did a great job in the second half of containing him. We just made a couple mistakes here and a couple mistakes there that cost us the game. We can't make those type of mistakes."

On if last week's lost had an impact on today's game: "We knew all along what type of team we were going to be and what type of players that we have. We can't sit there and make the same type of mistakes that we made today. Our defense went out there and did as good as they did, and we weren't able to capitalize. That is why we came up on the short end of the stick."

What Willingham said at half time: "Just not to be satisfied with the score as it is. We can't be satisfied we have to go out there and want more."

On his own performance: "Personally I think that I did a good job, but I still made some mistakes. I felt that I could have played a whole lot better. There were a couple of things that I could have done and I think that we would have come out on top. I just have to watch the film and see where I can get better, so I won't make the same mistakes."

On what will be the main focus when reviewing film: "Finishing. On the first drive we were on the 10- or 15-yard line and we ended up with a field goal. That is not the type of offense we want to be. We have to capitalize on that, I think that will be the main topic discussed when we watch the film."

WIDE RECEIVER Anthony Russo
On momentum after first play:
"Coach Willingham wanted us to come out fast. We ran that play a lot in practice to get it ready and it worked but we didn't get in the end zone. They were physical and I don't think that we were as physical as they were. We should have scored there and I felt like that dropped our enthusiasm down. We have to get back to work."

On the impact of this game: "Like I said we have to rally back together. One man down is not going to stop us. Carl is going to step up, because he has been itching to play. Seniors have to step, we just have to step up as a team."

SAFETY C.J. Wallace
General Comments:
"We had a lot of chances to come out and win the game, we just didn't take the proper steps needed to get it done."

On receivers getting open downfield: "We just have to play better. We are a much better secondary than what we showed tonight. I think there were a lot of mental things that happened. They weren't more physical than us, it was just something mentally that happened with us and we weren't on the same page."

On how physical the game was: "We knew coming in it was going to be a physical game with Oregon State because they like that just as much as we do. It's kind of like a rivalry game. It was a big game and there were a lot of hits out there and it was a fun game even though we lost."

On making the big plays: "We fed off the offense a lot. We came and tried to do the best we could to create turnovers for the offense. I think we did a good job of that. Besides about two big plays I felt that we had a pretty good day on defense forcing turnovers and things like that."

On coming back next week to play California: "We expect to come back harder at practice. We know that we easily could've won this game. This year is different because we know that we are going to come back and work hard at practice knowing we can win next week."

LINEBACKER Scott White
General Comments:
"Without question this one hurts bad. We just didn't play our best football and we know it. It was glaring out there today. Anytime you come in against a team that's been down you can't let them have any hope. They got up early, started fast on us and we never really recovered."

Next week: "We're going to come back hard tomorrow and try to get this one out of our system. We have a very tough game with a hot Cal team that just came off of a win against Washington State."

On having a big game with two interceptions that both led to touchdowns: "It's exciting. I just go out every game with the mentality to just make plays. I'll do whatever is needed to make plays. It doesn't matter the situation, we're going out there to make plays. That's my mentality and that's how I play the game."

On the defensive struggle against the pass: "Eleven guys are going to play pass defense and we all need to improve. It starts with the front and we have to get better across the board."

On losing Isaiah: "Carl is a capable guy to come in and take over this football team. We know what his talent is about. We just have to go in and keep playing from start to finish."

On what next week will be like: "Leadership has been the key this year. Guys like myself and veteran players like Isaiah are going to have to come back and really set the pace this week. We can't come in hanging our heads because we'll go out and get very easily beaten next week. We have to come back and bounce back strong in the film room, correct the mistakes and get ready for a very good Cal team."

On still being able to make a bowl: "No doubt about it. We should win the rest of our games. That's our feeling. Whether or not we go and do that is something totally different. We are capable of winning the rest of our games and that's our goal."

Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley

General Comments: "You play one week at a time. We didn't really talk about it like it was the season on the brink because we are just going to play one week at a time. I know it's cliché, but that is really what's big for our team. I thought we put forth a great effort last week, and we weren't rewarded with it. And tonight it looked like the same way in the first half - just kind of giving them too many opportunities- but we kept playing."

On O-line and D-line play: "I thought they were outstanding factors in the ballgame tonight, which is the way it is going to be. I don't think (Washington) got a sack, and they have been having a lot of pressure on teams. I thought that, obviously, the run blocking was huge in the first half for us. So I thought that the offensive line and the defensive line were big factors in the game. "

On the 80-yard touchdown pass: "It was a great pickup on the blitz by the line, and I think that they just picked up their safety tremendously when he blitzed. Matt (Moore) stood in there and made a big play, and it was a big catch by Sammie (Stroughter)."

On Matt Moore's Play: "I thought he did a great job. I thought he overall just played very, very solid. I thought his poise was great, he seemed to make good decisions, and he really competed."

On Confidence Going into Next Week: "We'll see -- we are in another one week season. It was a tremendous example of endurance, and perserverence, and persistence. I loved it -- that's the main part of it for me. The execution was better, particularly in the second half, and the football was good that way. Those qualities are things that we had, but we had not executed with it."

On The OSU Coaching Staff: "The staff are very, very good football coaches. Those guys are very good and I think they work within our personnel very, very well with what the strengths of our guys are. They have added that technical defense that has added a spark to our team. They are very detailed, they are as hard a working people as you could ever get, and they are just doing a tremendous job for the Beavers. "

On The Passing Game: "We just had a much better game. We had more balls, we had deep balls, and that was good to see."

On Sean Canfield: "I really thought that he has had two really significant weeks of practice. It wasn't just me, but I really felt it myself - that this guy is ready. I didn't make it public, because I didn't want a lot of hoopla going into the ballgame, but we just said we would put him in at the start of the second quarter. It didn't look like such a great idea for awhile, but he is capable, very capable, and it is good for him to do that."

Oregon State Players

QUARTERBACK MATT MOORE On the game: "It was great. We had some adversity and we didn't blink at all on both sides of the ball. We just kept playing and made some plays late in the game. We came out and took it to them in the second half, which was great, but it was an emotional rollercoaster. It was big for us to get a win on the road, and our first Pac-10 win is a big deal so we are pretty excited."

On his excitement after the second touchdown: "I didn't know we even scored because I got drilled. I had to ask Gunderson if we scored and I just lost it because I was so excited. It was a good feeling and I just let the emotions go."

On criticism during the week: "I obviously felt it but I just kind of shrugged it off. It's going to be there every week so you just have to keep playing. It's going to be there every week regardless of what happens so we're just trying to keep playing football and ignore that."

On the emotional impact of the win: "It was big. The first half I think we did some things like the interception that stopped a drive and they ended up scoring twice on us. We should have went into halftime up 10-3. It was scary. At halftime we came in and made some adjustment and just took it to them in the second half. I am proud of our guys."

On their first half performance: "On some plays I felt we were just beating ourselves. I think we were shooting ourselves in the foot and you can't do that and beat a good Pac-10 team. We fixed it and executed."

BACKUP QUARTERBACK SEAN CANFIELD On his performance: "It was loud. I knew before the game that I was going to go in and start the second quarter. I just didn't see that backer and I would love to have that one back but the team came back and got a win so that is all that matters.

LINEBACKER DERRICK DOGGETT On their game plan for Stanback: "It was just to be on the weak side, and just stay with him and then get back to my man."

On the victory: "We knew that we needed the victory. We had hard practices all week, and we knew that we had to come in and play our hardest, and get the victory and that is what happened."

WIDE RECEIVER SAMMIE STROUGHTER On his performance and Yvenson Bernard opening up the passing game: "Yvenson Bernard is a work horse. We lost our identity a little bit during the past couple of games. We just wanted to go back to the idea of Oregon State football. We have a great offensive line and a great group of receivers that block downfield and a great running back that is a work horse.

On the importance of the win: "It helped a bunch. Every game is important now. You get to a point where every game is important. It felt like our last. We left everything out there. The defense did a great job and allowed the offense to gamble a little bit more. When the defense is right there, it allows the offense to gamble a little bit more.

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