Washington 36, Arizona 33
Oct. 10, 2009
Washington Head Coach Steve Sarkisian
On the Mason Foster play in the fourth quarter and whether he knew it was a live ball: "I knew immediately. Gosh, I went as crazy as probably anybody did. Then I started thinking to myself, `Oh, don't get a penalty for being on the field.' So I had to make a left-hand turn and get back on the sideline. But I saw it right away and I just wanted to make sure when Mason caught it that he ran and didn't look around and then get caught and get tackled. I saw it right away. I had a great view of it."
On whether he thought the Mason Foster touchdown ruling might get overturned: "Well, I wasn't worried about it that time. I'm sure I would have... But it was so clear to me, the way it hit his foot. It was evident."
On whether he had any thought of calling an on-side kick after Kavario's fourth quarter touchdown: "We kept looking at the clock and I think there was 2:55 on the clock, we had two timeouts, and I just ... We just talked as a staff briefly and we had belief in our defense. We were bending, but not breaking. There were opportunities there. I thought we had gotten better at our formation recognition, at seeing what was coming, and we wanted to put the pressure back on them. If we onside kick right there, it becomes a `that's our one-shot' type play and by kicking it deep, you put the pressure back on them. You let our defense go play with two timeouts and see what happens."
On the team's improvement in red zone defense: "I think it's just execution. It's not panicking. Credit to Nick [Holt], it's not trying too hard on defense and just all-out blitzing and giving up easy things. It's hanging in there. The field gets short, it's hard to complete balls down there. And then it's tackling when they're inside the 10, and our guys did that again tonight."
Washington Tight End Kavario Middleton
On being 2-1 in the Pac-10: "It feels great. Especially after last season it feels so great to be able to control our own destiny in the Pac-10."
On what he saw in the defense on his touchdown catch: "The safety went and played the post and I just ran behind him to the front corner of the end zone. I was wide open and Jake [Locker] saw me."
Washington Defensive End Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
The feeling of the defense on the last drive: "That drive was all about focus. That was one of the loudest I have ever heard husky stadium. When it is that loud you really cannot hear anyone on the field and you have to go off instinct. I think that drive was all about our focus on defense."
On the second to last drive when Mason jumped the screen and forced the quarterback out of the pocket: "We didn't really talk about it on the sideline before the drive. I don't really know what happened. The only thing I can say is that it was just Mason [Foster] being awesome."
Washington Receiver James Johnson
On the feeling in the huddle on the last offensive touchdown drive: "We were just trying to make plays. Obviously I dropped two passes, but I knew I just had to stay in the game mentally and stay focused. The feeling was great. Jake [Locker] is a great player, and he does what any great quarterback does, he kept us together when we had to be together and he made big plays. I can't even describe the way I felt when he completed the touchdown to Kavario [Middleton].
Arizona Head Coach Mike Stoopes
On the play call for the Foster INT: "It's a run. Something that we were doing all night. It's an either/or play, like everybody. He's doing what he's supposed to do. That's our fault for leaving the option for him to do that. That falls on me and our coaches. It's disappointing. It's just a freak play."
On Arizona's performance: "We played probably good enough to win. Just made the bad plays there."
On the productive passing offense by Arizona: "Nick [Foles] did a great job of distributing the ball to all of our receivers. Dave [Roberts] seemed to be the open guy and was very involved with our offense and played awfully well. I thought Nick played awfully well most of the night, too."
On Arizona's effort: "Our kids gave it everything they had. We just couldn't finish."
Arizona Receiver David Roberts
On the success of the passing game: "I guess it was just finding holes in the zone and playing hard."
On his emotions after the loss: "Very tough, very tough. When you lose a game like that at the end it hurts, especially when you play so hard all game. All you can do is move on and get ready for next week."
On if the ball went off his shoe: "I don't know. You have to go off what's called."
Arizona Quarterback Nick Foles
On the crucial pick-six: "Just a weird bounce that went their way. It's just a crazy thing, I don't know how to explain it. I threw the ball low, then it went off his hands and then off his foot. They got a lucky bounce."
On the success of the passing game: "We threw for a lot of yards, and that was part the recievers going out and getting the ball and doing a good job at that. The line did a good job giving me time. The big thing was that in the red zone we didn't get in the end zone. That was the big thing that lost it for us."
Arizona Safety S Corey Hall
On the offense: "They played great overall there was just one little play that you wouldn't even think would happen but it did. At the same time, this game is about inches, and when we needed it we couldn't get it done."