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Oklahoma 37, Washington 20
Release: 09/10/2006
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Sept. 9, 2006

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UW HEAD COACH Tyrone Willingham
On the game: 
"It’s disappointing. We came here to win a football game.  hey just did a better job of executing then we did. We knew we were going to have to get a running game going and I think in the first half we did a good job of playing solid on both side of the ball. You can’t say we put up a good second half. We just have to play better all the way across the board."
 
Difference in play between first and second half:
"We felt good going into the second half. We just didn’t execute against the pressures well from an offensive standpoint and from a defense standpoint. We let them get a little more of their running game going and that is something that we wanted to see if we could eliminate as much as possible. 
 
"I think our guys had energy on both sides of the ball to finish the game. We just need to execute, but also we need to give some credit to them. I think they are a pretty good football team. They have some good size, good speed. They play aggressive football. I think their quarterback, for the most part, played pretty well today.  But we just have to round it out."
 
How the momentum changed on the fumble by Isaiah Stanback:
"That’s huge. When you have an opportunity to be three points down and you’re first and goal, that’s one of those situations that you have to cash in on that. But they did exactly what a good football team does. They got the ball back and took it back down the field and, if I remember correctly, they scored."
 
On Stanback performance: 
"Obviously the numbers are a little disappointing. It’s just one of those days. Isaiah will be better and stronger the next time. But there is no question about it, he will start in the next game."
 
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WASHINGTON TB Kenny James
On his touchdown run on the first play of the game:

"It was something we’d been working on all week. We knew we could gas them with that play. We went out there and did a great job of opening up the hole and made it a touchdown."
 
On Washington’s fast start:
"We started out fast. The second half we came out a little flat. That’s not to say we didn’t run hard. I think as a team we gave a great effort. The only thing we can do now is press on towards the future and get ready for next week."
 
"We came out fast. Unfortunately we made a few mistakes in the second half that put us back a little bit. But today’s game is over with and we gave a good effort all across the board, offensively and defensively. You’ve got to hand it to Oklahoma. I think they’re a great team. They came out and played us hard and we played them hard. We gave them a run for their money."
 
On the momentum change in the second half:
"Oklahoma came back and responded really well. To watch most of the first half everything was tied up. I can honestly say that I’m really proud of our effort. We gave a great effort and did our best. Unfortunately things didn’t go the right way." 
 
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WASHINGTON P Sean Douglas
On his record-breaking punt
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"We have guys taking stats on the sidelines and they came up and said, `it was this long.’ But you never know. Those are our guys so they might give me a few yards here or there."
 
On his second long punt (and long return by OU’s Reggie Smith): 
"I was backed up in the end zone and trying to get it off as fast as I possibly could. When I hit it, I looked up and saw that the ball was low and I saw him backing up just a little bit - backpedaling but not running. So I was thinking, `Please go over his head, please go over his head.’ 
 
"Once I saw him turn and run I thought we were going to down the ball. I didn’t think he was going to pick it up - he didn’t look like he wanted to pick it up. But he did and he got a really big return. The only thing I think I could’ve done better was get it more toward the sideline so maybe it goes out of bounds."
 
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WASHINGTON S C.J. Wallace
On the game:
 
"Down on the field there’s some stuff you don’t see until you see the tape. For the most part I think we played hard. We played as hard as we could and there were certain things we could’ve done to make the game go a certain way. But Oklahoma’s a good team and when we made a mistake they capitalized on it."
 
On Adrian Peterson:
"He’s a great back -- just like a regular Oklahoma back. They always produce good backs. He’s really fast and really athletic. The guy can play ball."
 
On the focus playing against the OU offense:
"They ran the ball 32 times, so they ran it a lot. The quarterback threw the ball probably better than we thought he was going to. He threw a lot of deep balls and the receivers went up and made some athletic catches, so everything came into play for them."

 
 
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OU HEAD COACH BOB STOOPS
On the game:

"I am pleased with the good win and very pleased with the play for the most part. The guys really played well the second half. Both sides of the ball and special teams looked good. That was a big factor in the game.
 
"Offensively, we were close to making some big plays. Defensively, I thought we were good the entire second half up until the last three minutes. Our guys didn’t play like they are capable to finish the game.
 
"It’s a good win. It puts us the position to go to work. We know we can play better. Its frustrating -- we know we’re close, but there is so much more potential on this team and ability to play better so it’s frustrating when you don’t. We’ll keep working towards it."
 
On the defense:
"I still think that we have got to be a better run defense then we showed today. I think that we are capable of it but we have got to keep demanding and working it as coaches and the players have got to do a better job when we are out there defending it. The defense is really good, but I want the consistency through the whole game." 
 
On Paul Thompson’s performance:
"I thought he managed the game in a great way. Some guys like Malcolm Kelly really made some great plays for him. Paul has a lot of ability. The more comfortable and the more snaps he gets back there, the better is going to get. It’s fair to say that there are guys out there with him that are holding up their end as well. As they get better he’ll get better, too."

On Adrian Peterson:
"He’s a monster running the football. He did a great job hammering it in the second half. He’s a tough, physical guy. He looked good and played well again."

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OU SENIOR LB RUFUS ALEXANDER
On the fumble recovery:

“We went out there and got the turnover. We did what coach wanted us to do.”
 
On the second half:
“Coaches said that mostly we played really well.  The second to last drive of the game we gave up.  We have to learn how to finish and get better.  That’s what we have got to do.”
 
On the game next week:
“I have a lot of confidence in our defense and our coaches.  The defense - we’re going to come out there and play. We’re going to step up to the challenge.  We haven’t backed down from a challenge yet and we’re not going to back down from this one.”
 
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OU SENIOR QB PAUL THOMPSON
On the second half:

“We did make some adjustments at halftime and when we came out everyone felt more comfortable. We had a good opening drive and kind of tilted the game our way.”
 
On improvements for game three:
“We need to make some big jumps like we did from game one to game two.  We’re going against a great opponent and being away is different from at home.  We need to correct some things and make some big plays.”
 
On the fumble:
“I definitely just trust the team and my job is to help them out and maybe step up in the pocket a little.  It is a game of trust and I’m not looking behind me.  It’s also my job to step up and make a play.”
 
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OU JUNIOR RB ADRIAN PETERSON
On Paul Thompson:
“We see Paul everyday.  We see his confidence and he is going to come out there and do what he has to do.”
 
On the second half:
“We had to put some points on the board and make some big plays. We had to run it down their throats.”
 
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OU JUNIOR K GARRETT HARTLEY
On his consistency:

“I have a goal this season to be perfect inside 45 yards.”
 
On off-season progress:
“I added ten pounds of muscle over the off-season. I also believe that kicking is 90% mental. I am working on the mental side as well.”
 
On his third field goal:
“I had a cramp in the ball of my calf before the last field goal. That’s why it was a line drive kick. It was funny, Stoops asked me how a kicker can cramp up.”
 
On the importance of special teams:
“Special teams is a third of the game.  If we can come out strong, it’s motivation for the others to play hard as well.”
 
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OU SOPHOMORE DB LENDY HOLMES
On what his first significant defensive playing time means:

“I now have a whole lot more confidence. But I know I can get better, make some more hits.”
 
On what he prefers, a big hit or interception:
“The defense wants to come out there and get some interceptions. The D-Line and linebackers are there for the big hits, we need to catch a few balls.”
 
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OU JUNIOR DB DARIEN WILLIAMS
On the defense not picking off a pass:

“The ball was in the air too much not to get a pick. I missed one, and we were close a couple of other times.”
 
On the importance of defense:
“The defense is out there to make plays, and we missed on a few today. We can improve in that area, and hopefully pick a couple off soon.”
 
On the play of the defense:
“There was a lot better communication out there today.  Much fewer busts, which is a good sign. But we can continue to improve.”
 
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OU SOPHOMORE DB REGGIE SMITH
On his first reception:

“It feels like old times out there, like in high school. Going out there and just having fun.”
 
On improved special teams play this season:
“We worked on special teams much more in camp this year. Much more focus than a year ago. I think it is showing off in our special teams play this year.”
 
On preparing for Oregon:
“When we go to practice and we need to get better in everything we do. We played better, but can improve in all areas.”
 
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