"First of all, I just want to say that it was a great ‘team' win for the guys," said Gilbertson. "I think Stanford's got a lot of talented athletes. They're very big and powerful. I think their quarterback is going to be terrific and I think their offensive line is big and strong and their defense is very athletic."
Gilbertson gave Stanford a lot of credit for playing relatively well and remaining competitive throughout the entire game, but Washington was able to come out on top due in large part to the way they worked together as a team,.
"That's just a good Stanford team," he said, "and to win that game the way we did, it was just a great ‘team' win."
Washington did not come out firing on all cylinders in the first half and once again played much better during the second half of play. Mistakes were made and the game was pretty close for the most part, but Gilbertson did not see anything wrong with that.
"It was not a stylish win," said Gilbertson, "but that is OK with me.
"A win is still a win. I get the impression that if we don't go out there and score 45 points in the first half, everybody thinks that we are having a bad game. The game is four quarters long. Sometimes you play a good game and are tied at halftime and I believe that is fine. We make our adjustments, and we go out and play. We are a tame that has played hard in the second half for years and years. However, I just don't believe that if we don't go out and pile up points that we are having a bad game. That's wrong because that's not what the game is about."
Washington was without the services of Derrick Johnson for the first half of the game. Like Reggie Williams the week before, Johnson missed a "mandatory team thing" according to Gilbertson and was suspended for the first half. In his place, Chris Massey started opposite of Roc Alexander. Johnson would return in the second half and made the clutch interception and returned it 36 yards for the touchdown to seal the victory for the Huskies.
"I am not going to change, they are," Gilberston said of his disciplinary method. "Rules are rules. He still came in and had a good game. The play he made was a super play. But again, it was part of an overall good solid ‘team win' and I am very pleased with that."
For the second straight week, Cody Pickett did not bring his best game. Pickett had an "OK game" according to Gilbertson and for the second game in a row, lost a couple of fumbles.
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Pickett finished the day by completing 20-of-33 passes or 231 yards and two touchdown passes to Reggie Williams. Not bad for numbers, but those two fumbles that he lost cannot be ignored.
"I think Cody is capable of playing better," said Gilbertson. "He seemed to go back and forth between good and not-so-good plays today.
"It really was one of the strangest games I have seen him have."
But also for the second straight week, Rich Alexis broke for over 100 yards rushing. Alexis finished the day with 128 yards on the ground with a long of 53 yards from a draw play that resulted in the score.
Alexis' play kept Kenny James and Shelton Sampson on the sidelines quite a bit and neither of the freshmen tailbacks had a carry in the second half. But Gilbertson maintained that he would like to keep his usual 3-1-1 rotation, but if one of his backs had a "hot hand," then he would keep the hot back in the game for as long as necessary.
Reggie Williams also had another one of his great days as well. Williams had 10 catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns. One of those touchdowns was another Pickett-to-Williams bomb that went for 74 yards on the first play of the second quarter.
"We are going to keep throwing him the ball," said Gilbertson. "No matter what the other team tries to do, you can blanket him, double him, high-low him, or roll up on him, we are going to try to find a way to get him the ball. If we have to move him around, then that's what we'll do."
Defensively, Washington had a solid day. The Huskies only gave up three points in the second half and had some key interceptions to stop potential scoring drives. Terry Johnson, Jerome Stevens, and Tyler Krambrink all had key tackles and multiple tackle-for-losses Saturday.
Gilbertson called Johnson a "big force" and added that he expects to see "more coverage and protection thrown his way."
The area that Gilbertson wanted to improve on the most was the return teams. Gilbertson has been waiting all season for somebody to break a big return and he finally got his wish – at least from the punt return team --- when Charles Frederick broke a 47-yard return in the fourth quarter.
"'Bout time man," said Gilbertson. "Now all we need is a kickoff return. That was a great play by Charles. Those kids blocked really well on that return. But overall, we just played some really great ‘team' football today."
Jinx?: After four games into the season, the Huskies have yet to still allow an opponent to score in the fourth quarter. When asked of this by a reporter, Gilbertson quickly responded by saying, "Don't jinx me man," as he was covering his ears. "You're going to be like Sports Illustrated or something."
Vindi-what?: Another reporter asked Gilbertson whether or not he felt vindicated that the running game has made tremendous improvements. "Do I feel vindicated?" Gilbertson asked with a smile. "Football was invented by P.E. majors for P.E. majors. Vindicated? I don't know about that."