Player Quotes - Apple Cup

Washington's players were all smiles after their 35-28 win over Washington State in the 103rd Apple Cup. The win propelled the Huskies to their first bowl game in eight years...

S Nate Williams

On how far the program has come: "Last year we made a lot of progress we made a lot of progress and this is just another sign of what coach Sark and these coaches have here and we're moving the right direction. All the hard work in the offseason, all the 6 a.m. workouts, all those times getting yelled at by your coach, it just feels good knowing our hard work paid off."

On what this game meant to him: "Just to be able to come back home over the break and I can be the one talking crap to (Nolan Washington). I can say ‘we won' and even though they got us in 2008, they got us, but we've won it twice in a row and this one is the sweetest."

On Jeff Tuel picking them apart late: "I think a few guys were out of their lanes a little bit. When he dropped back he had time to throw the ball a couple of times and if his receivers were covered, he could pull it down and make plays that way, so it was tough."

On going to a bowl sinking in: "It hasn't yet. It's all just part of the journey. I think for the senior class leaving this year and experiencing the 0-12 year, it makes you tougher than the average college player."

QB Jake Locker

On getting the win: "We came out in these last three games and did what we needed to do. It wasn't easy, it wasn't perfect, it wasn't pretty at times, but guys kept fighting and kept believing in each other and this is the result we got, so it's awesome."

On going for it on 4th-and-1 late in the game: "I'm pretty sure he sent them out there knowing he could call the time out and think about things and what play he wanted to run on fourth down and at the time I thought that's what he was thinking, so I was mentally ready."

One Polk's night: "He was like he always is. You know what you're going to get with Chris week in and week out. He's a tough, hard-nosed runner and when he gets to the second level he makes guys miss and creates explosive plays and it's fun to sit back and watch what he does naturally and it's awesome to watch him work."

LB Cort Dennison

On the Apple Cup atmosphere: "It was everything it was hyped up to be. It's one of the top rivalries in the nation and it lived up to the hype. I wish it wasn't as close as it was, but in the end it doesn't matter because we got the win. I'm really proud of my guys and we're going bowling. Before the game even started they had their entire student body out there, like 80 minutes before kickoff and I knew it was going to be a great came and the feeling was really powerful and I know it was going to be the best game I've been a part of."

On the intensity: "You know pretty much in rivalry games "everything goes" and when it comes to school pride, you have pride in everything we do, so sometimes guys do stupid things, but it didn't matter to me because we got the win."

On having fun: "You've got to have fun. The more fun you have the better you play and you don't want to look back when you are an older guy and realize that you didn't have fun playing the game you grew up playing and football is a game still. I played it as a kid and I'm having fun still and I love my teammates and it makes it all worth while going to a bowl."

On Washington State's effectiveness on offense: "Give a lot of credit to their offense, they really showed up tonight and Tuel is one of the better quarterbacks in the Pac 10. He does such a great job of keeping you off balance with the throwing game and the running game, he can scramble, so give them a lot of credit."

On the lowest point for the team this year: "I thought the Stanford game was pretty hard on us, just because they ran the ball up and down the field, that was really hard on us, but we didn't give up. Coach Sark had all of those t-shirts with made that said ‘Finish" on it and he instilled it in our heads and we came together and did it for each other."

On going bowling: "It's an unbelievable feeling to know we're going bowling. We've never experienced it before. Wherever we go we'll be thrilled. I'm so happy for our seniors because they deserve it so much. I've been with all these guys from day one and I know how hard we've worked to get here."

On what he's learned this year: "That when things got tough, the Husky offense, defense and special teams stepped up and got the wins."

S Nate Fellner

On the mood of the team before the game: "It was pretty business-like. Put all the distractions aside and get to a bowl game. The coaches did a good job with not letting us get distracted, with all the outside stuff in a hostile environment, but we stayed focused and fought and took care of business."

On what was different in the second half: "It seems like they were hitting the field side of our defense, but not so much the boundary side. They were mixing things up and that fooled us a little, like with the run a couple of times, but we didn't break too much."

On the feel of the Apple Cup: "It felt like a big time rivalry. Hopefully it can get more competitive and I was just trying to embrace things."

On getting some wins on the road: "It's pretty awesome, especially in a hostile environment, but it's like our backs were against the wall and it feels good to get wins in your opponents place."

RB Chris Polk

On what he saw: "I just saw that in the first half, they were overflowing to the front side of the play so I was really cutting back, but toward the second half they made some adjustments and I have to give it up to my line because they really showed up today and my fullback Austin (Sylvester) and he really blocked well and left it on the field for me."

On having such a huge game: "It means a lot, being that we won a game and now we're in a bowl because it's not all about individual effort, it's about the team, so being that I contributed to sending these seniors out right, that means a lot to me."

On staying focused: "This feels great, but we still have got another game and we've got to stay focused and give it our best shot. It feels great, but you have to treat it just like any other game."

On the flow of the game: "You keep playing the game. When we stopped them on 4th-and-1, we came right back and got the big run for the touchdown and that's what let me know we were going to win the game."

On going for it on 4th-and-1 late: "When the field goal team came on we were all like ‘we should go for it' and we called a timeout and talked about it and we ran the same play we ran against Cal to win the game, so we all knew it was going to work."

On Jermaine Kearse's big catch: "When I saw that it was single-coverage out there, I was like ‘oh man, this is over' and I was like ‘we're going to score on this play' and that's what we did."

On what Sarkisian said to the team: "He just said ‘this is what we play for' and said ‘this is how we finish, this is what we do' and it's all just icing on top of the cake."

On the aggressiveness of the team: "You take on the personality of your coach and we have an aggressive coach and being that he's the one calling plays, it's up to us to go out and execute and be just as aggressive as him."

On going from 0-12 to a bowl in year two: "It means a lot because the seniors they've been through a lot. Like Jake (Locker) and Mason (Foster) and Victor (Aiyewa) and Nate (Williams), this is how we wanted to send them out, so we're really happy."

LB Mason Foster

On how the win feels: "It feels good to win on the road like that against a good Cougar football team. I'm so proud of this team."

On his personal-foul penalty: "I got a little frustrated. One of their guys was trying to tackle me and do some dirty stuff to me and I got caught up in the moment, but that's a mistake we can't have."

On losing Semisi Tokolahi: "Sione (Potoae) is a freshman, but he's played a lot. I've played some defensive end before, so it was okay." Top Stories