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What can you say after you give up 729 yards of total offense? What can you say when you can only answer with 293 yards of your own and 7 points? The Husky players were clearly rattled, stammering, and having a hard time explaining what has gone so terribly wrong this season.

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  • OL Khalif Barnes was composed, but clearly bothered by what had happened this afternoon. "Our offense couldn't get rolling and they got 720-plus on our defense. When that happens, you have no shot. I'm just embarrassed. I've been a starter here the past three years, and I'm embarrassed. I'm embarrassed for Coach Gilbertson, he's not that kind of coach. I feel bad for the guys that have gone through this program before us, the ones in the NFL and the ones that have retired. Tradition here means so much, and it's a tough pill to swallow."

    "I thought we practiced well. We took a tough one in Arizona that we probably shouldn't have last week, but we didn't play our best football," said Barnes in a major understatement.

    "I'm taken for words right now. I've never been a part of anything like that. This loss was hard because it didn't feel or look like us. I'm embarrassed for our program right now."

    Barnes doesn't know what's going wrong with the offense. "I'm going to have to look at it on film. I really don't know."

    "Nothing, it was quiet, you could hear a pin drop. I hope that everyone is in a bad mood and not making jokes. I hope everyone feels the same way I do. You don't make jokes, you take a shower and get dressed," said Barnes with a scowl.

    Defensive tackle Terry Johnson was shaking and pacing back and forth he was so angry with what had transpired. "I feel a lot of disappointment. We just can't seem to get it going, we have to find ourselves. We couldn't stop anything they were doing. It seemed like they were out there playing."

    Johnson felt that Cal knew what was coming before the snap. "They knew our schemes. When they would go to "twenty-two" personnel, they knew we were going to pinch in on the run, and they would just throw over the top on us. That's how it goes."

    "It's frustrating. You don't know what's going on, so much is happening so fast, it's like . . . damn!"

    Johnson was asked if the problem was schematic or execution, and he had an interesting answer. "I'm not going to get into the coaching of the players issue, but the thing about our team is that we have two or three guns on both sides of the ball. And once teams take away our big guns, we become almost helpless. We can fight, but if they take away Reggie and ET on offense, and max protect on defense, it's rough on us."

    "Nothing really felt right today. You play hard, you hit your guy and you stay in your gap, and then all of the sudden the ball is out and running. No one really knows how the ball is getting out, so we have to go out and watch film. This is obviously the worst games in Husky history. It feels terrible, it is terrible, and there is a problem. THERE IS A PROBLEM."

    Johnson was asked what the problem is. "The real problem is that teams are figuring us out. That is when it becomes a problem, when teams can COMPLETELY figure you out. Then when you miss tackles on top of that, it makes for big plays."

    "Cal came in with a good game plan and ran their plays with little resistance. They took it to us. There's not much you can say, 54-7 and giving up 720 yards. There isn't much left to say. Hat's off to Cal."

    And now the #8 team in the country, WSU, comes to Seattle for a visit and anxious to end a five-year slide against the Huskies. How does Johnson envision them getting up for that one?

    "We can go out there and play them tough. If we can just get in sync, make tackles, and execute, we can win this last game.

    Senior LB Greg Carothers is getting tired of coming out and answering questions after losses. "Of course I'm tired of it, but I'm not going to duck any of the blame. If people put blame on the coaching staff, they don't know what they are talking about. Personally, I feel we have one of the best staffs in the country. It's not the play calling, it's making those plays is the problem."

    Coach Snow was imploring his team on the sidelines to show more heart and fight back, but Carothers doesn't feel that everyone is getting the message. "I think some people heard it. I personally felt good and think that the people around me look good, but we're just not making plays."

    Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times asked Carothers, point blank, if his team had quit. "I don't think it's unfair to ask that, and I don't think it's unfair of me to say that some people did. I'm not sure who they were, but I'm sure in this situation that some people did."

    Faced with a losing record for the first time since 1976, does Carothers feel that this team can get motivated with that kind of adversity staring them in the face? "I would think so, but I thought the situation that we're in would've been enough. It's not clicking with some people. I'm not taking myself out of this. I'm not saying I did everything I can do. WE lost the game and that falls on me, too. We need to get everybody motivated. Some of our younger players need to pick it up."

    "It's not our coaches – it's us. I feel terrible for coach Gilbertson, coming back here and us losing like this. He is not to blame for this.
    WR Reggie Williams looked disgusted following the game. "We just didn't play. The coaches haven't lost this team, we just didn't play," said the junior. "I never thought, in my wildest dreams, thought that we'd ever be in this spot. EVER"

    Williams did not fault his quarterback, who was benched after three quarters. "Nothing is wrong with Cody. He is the best quarterback in the country. You can write that down, a million times. I wouldn't have anyone else."

    When told that he and Pickett had both achieved NCAA career marks today (Pickett went over 10,000 of total offense while Williams went over 3500 yards receiving), he was surprised. "What did we do?" asked Williams when told of the record. "The first, EVER? Well, we lost, so it's not worth nothing. Maybe in 35 years when I'm old, retired, and sitting back somewhere in paradise, I'll enjoy it."

    Williams doesn't believe getting motivated for the Apple Cup will be a problem. "They are Washington State and we are Washington. If you don't think you can beat the Cougars, than you shouldn't be here. I think everyone cares enough to make the effort. We're all together one last time and we're going to go out swinging."

    Backup QB Casey Paus was inserted into the game well after the outcome was decided, which is a difficult task to tackle. "You have to go in and do what you can and try to make some plays. Unfortunately the ball didn't roll in our direction today," said Paus. "It's hard to see things from the sidelines, so it's hard to stay what was happening on the field, really. It was one of those things where every time we had something go right, something would then go in the opposite direction."

    Paus was asked about the huddle when he arrived into the game. "I think that the guys respect me and we were going to try to get something going. Unfortunately we couldn't get it done, but I respect every one of those guys. It takes a lot of heart to go out and compete like they do."

    So will the quarterback job be put into competition next week? Paus wouldn't say. "That's a week a away, we'll see what happens when we get there."

    QB Cody Pickett was benched after the third quarter. "Nothing is clicking. We have to play better, and we have one more chance to do it. We're upset that we lost and we have to figure out a way to play better next week against Washington State," said Pickett.

    "None of us feel comfortable. You aren't ever comfortable when you are losing. Cal played their base defense, we just didn't execute. We didn't play good at all. I will never question my teammates' effort, EVER. I'm sure they are playing their hardest, as I am. We all know that we can play better and we have one more opportunity to do it. WSU is a very good team, and this is our last home game for our seniors. We expected to be a lot better this year and we let a couple games get away from us. We have one more opportunity to get it done."

    Pickett was asked if the off-season turmoil is having an impact. He refused to use it as an excuse. "The finger is not pointed at anyone but ourselves. It would be too easy to blame it on something else. We're just not playing well. It's on us." Top Stories