Oct. 13, 2012
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WASHINGTON HEAD COACH Steve Sarkisian
“Frustrating loss to say the least. That’s two consecutive weeks now that we took the field and we didn’t respond good in the first half of the game. When you’ve got good teams and you go in the locker room ‘down’ it’s hard, and it makes it hard to win. I will say that I was extremely proud of our football team in the second half. I thought they responded, they battled, they competed, they showed a great deal of mental and physical toughness in the second half. We just couldn’t catch a break.”
“I wish we had won them all. I think it’s obvious we were faced with an extremely challenging schedule in the first half of the season but from the looks of its, it’s not getting any easier in the second half. We’ve got a challenge that lies ahead. With all of the adversity I’m proud of the guys for their effort and preparation that they have given us. I would’ve liked to be 4-2 instead of 3-3 after the first six but there are a lot of opportunities that lie ahead of us.”
WASHINGTON PLAYER QUOTES
Big fourth down play, getting the sack on Barkley
Execute your plays. Finish. We have to finish and execute every play. Every time we walk on the field we have to be ready and execute our role, no matter what part of the game, we have to be ready and execute. No matter the down we have to finish every single play. No matter if it is 1st, 2nd, or 18th down we have to come out and finish every single play.
Halftime Speech from Sark, what fired you up?
We had to come out and be ready to finish. Everybody thinks we are going to change with the way the score was in the first half. We always have to have that mindset that it is 0-0 at any point in the game. We have to come out and finish and execute. Sark came out and had his own fire, said to stick to your head, play right and execute.
Mentality on trying to rush USC
We knew he was an immobile quarterback. Not moving to quick. Our big focus was to keep the man in front of us. You know the O-line, we just had to give our 6 inches of toughness and never get knocked back. We tried to have Matt to role out and to change his read, have the linebackers come in and get to him. Right now we have a lot to work on, with the result this game. We need to get focused and see what we can do next week.
Wide Receiver Cody Bruns
On 2nd half momentum change:
“We just came out with our hair on fire, believing in each other. We wanted to come out strong second half being down. We need to come out like that the first half.”
On starting faster
“We just need to come out and have that same intensity that we had in the 2nd half. That’s the mindset that we have to play with game in and game out.”
On going into next week
“Just get back on the horse. Start practice tomorrow and prepare for Arizona. We just have to keep working.”
Wide Receiver DiAndre Campbell
On changes made during halftime
“It was a different mindset coming into the 2nd half. We just have to believe in each other, believe in our game plan, and go out there and execute to the best of our abilities—do what we have to do.”
On what needs to improve:
“We have to take advantage of the opportunities that we get—execute when the opportunity presents itself.”
On what to take from the loss:
“We just have to come out strong from the beginning with our hair on fire, come out and send a message at the beginning of the game, and not wait until the second half to do it.”
USC HEAD COACH LANE KIFFIN
“So I think anytime you go on the road and you come into what it seemed like a sold out environment like this it’s a very hard place to play, obviously the Seahawks have success over here, Washington has been undefeated here, I think they have won 8-9 in general at home because they have great fans, so it was good, was it perfect, no, we thought our guys came out and played a really good first half obviously, and the story of the day would be the defense, number one, and then special teams, and then the run game. Those are three things that if you are going to win on the road you usually need to pack. Phenomenal job by our defense, especially in the fourth quarter. If you’ve been covering us over the last three years, that’s been our issue, fourth quarter defense. So I thought our guys really played well, closed the game out, flew to the ball, ran the ball well at times and scored on special teams, so we are glad to get out of here [with the Win] it’s been a long first half of the season, four road games out of six, we’re back in L.A. for five of the next six, and we’ll load up and go back.”
On “dialing it down” in an atmosphere like this to avoid letting the crowd get into it
“Yeah I mean I continue to remind myself that there is one goal and that’s to win the game, you know are the numbers what were are use to, no, but we won. And remember two times ago we went on the road and we weren’t sitting here with a win, so we were conservative once we got a lead like that. We said it all along, this isn’t about anybody’s numbers or Heisman, it’s about winning games, and we did the best thing and that was to the win today.”
On if Barkley was okay after the sack or if he was just playing conservative
“No he’s fine. That was simply just playing to win. I wanted to sit here in this press conference at 5-1 not 4-2 and we did that, so in those situations why go back and get him hit again, you know play to our defense and go home.”
On their defense in this game
“I thought our defense was really getting after the quarterback, and you know they were pretty beat up on their offense. Every game is not going to be like that and we will have to score more.”
USC PLAYER QUOTES
USC Running Back Silas Redd
“We felt pretty good today. Hats off to Washington, they came out and played well in the second half. During the first half the offensive line was lights out.”
On his big run to open the game
“It was designed to the left, but it was kind of plugged up. I saw an opening to the right and I took it.”
On how he feels about the season halfway through
“We are not satisfied, but we are in a nice position right now. There is always room for improvement, but we just need to take it one game at a time.”
We are not satisfied. I felt we are at a nice position but we are taking it game by game.
Are you surprised or pleased with the fact that the defense didn’t have a bad game?
It’s a testament of how we have been practicing. We have been practicing very hard and that has carried over to the game. It is just a more experienced defense than a couple of years ago and we have been in the system for a while and the guys know what they are supposed to do.
How has it been for you personally?
It’s been something I just have to come in every day, trying to improve on what I can improve on, control things I can control and not worry about other factors.
On the first touchdown
I wasn’t on that side but I think we have to get a little more in depth in that corner and try to be a little more aggressive.