Washington Head Coach Tyrone Willingham:
General thoughts: "Probably this was one of those games where it starts out disappointing, then it becomes exciting,
and then it's disappointing at the end. It was one of those kind of football games. Arizona State beat us out of the blocks
and we fought hard, but we just didn't make enough plays in overtime when it counted."
On injury report: "Carl (Bonnell) should be fine for next week. He has a neck/head/shoulder injury that should work
its way out next week. Jason Wells suffered an injury to his knee but I can't tell you exactly what it is. I should know next
week. Donald Butler had a calf injury, he could not come back. But I would anticipate that he should be able to come back and
be OK. Jordan White-Frisbee (arm in sling) is something that happened a week or two ago. Johnie Kirton left the game because
of an illness, but he should be OK for next week."
On what to say to the team after having three close losses in four games: "There are a lot of things that I will tell
them. The key is, it depends on what you want, and our team has to want more than what they got today. There should be no
let-up, no give-up, no step-back for the team."
On who to bring in after Bonnell was injured: "I kind of weighed those scenarios, and based on what I was able to see
with Carl - and my ultimate goal, if it's the right thing to do - is to hold Jake (Locker) out and give him the full year."
On Johnny DuRocher's performance: "I think he did a good job coming into a very difficult situation. I thought, for
the most part, he made the throws he was able to make."
On their offensive struggles the first three quarters: "We were just off. If I had that answer, we wouldn't have been
doing what we were doing. We were just off and we didn't get the surge that we needed. We got penalties at bad times and made
mistakes at bad times. We could not get a sequence wher we could rip them and get after them. We just struggled."
On the penalty to start the overtime: "It kills you. Now you're first and 15 and that's a very difficult situation.
We're fortunate that Mike had a heck of a hit on the field goal. A 47-yarder, that's a good hit, but that's too much to ask
or expect in an overtime. That penalty, you still have to overcome it, but it was a crippling play."
On coming back after another loss: "I think our football team has shown amazing resilience. I think some people
questioned whether we could come back after SC, and I think we came back and played some good football, to a degree. I think
there were some people who questioned whether we could come back after Oregon State. We came back and plyed good football.
Then people thought we were near the grave coming out of Calfiornia, but we came back. We struggled early, but we found a way
to keep playing. We've got our backs against the wall and and we're going to a place that's tough to play (Oregon), and we've
got to muster up the fight to get it done."
On what to do after another slow start: "We keep working. We keep coaching, because one week ago, we weren't slow out
of the blocks. We're going to be consistent in what we do and consistent in our coaching. At some point our football team
On Louis Rankin's performance: "I thought he made a consistent effort to try and stick things in there and show some
On thinking about getting bowl-eligible: "We have a great opportunity for that. We have three games remaining and we
can run the table. I haven't looked at how the standings are affected by all the other games today, but if we can run the
table, then we still have a chance to be a bowl team."
Washington Defensive Coordinator Kent Baer:
On the last touchdown drive of the first half: "We were just out of sync. We were playing our butts off until that
last drive and just got out of sync. They were in their two-minute mode and we didn't play it very well. We just didn't fit
the run like we should of, but other than that I thought we played pretty well in the first half."
On whether or not ASU did anything unexpected: "No, not really. The short-yardage play (for a touchdown) is a tough
one - that's tough to defend. Other than that, we played pretty well in the second half."
On keeping Rudy Carpenter from running a lot: "We worked on it and talked about it. He's pretty effective running the
football and had some big runs against SC. I think he had a 35-40 yard run just scrambling around. When he pulls it down, he
tends to run with the football. A couple of screens hurt us and that short-yardage."
On the final play of the game: "We were in a three-deep coverage and you have to have someone run with the wheel, and
I thought we did...I think he just took his eyes off of it."
On these last few games taking a toll on the team: "It does, it takes a lot out of them. You try to be perfect all the
time and things happen. You've got to make plays."
Washington Offensive Coordinator Tim Lappano:
On Johnny DuRocher getting into the game: "He was as surprised as anyone. He didn't take a snap all week. I thought
Johnny did a pretty good job for the situation he was in."
On trying to find reps for everybody: "We can't get three (quarterbacks) ready to go. We have to get two ready to go.
For that matter, Jake (Locker) doesn't get many snaps. He gets most of his with the 'show' team. Nobody in the country gets
three guys ready to go."
On the decision to try to redshirt Jake Locker: "We were looking at him last week, but we made our decision to sit him
for the rest of the year, and it's the right decision."
On trying to finish the season on a high note: "It's tough. We're running out of players. We have three games left and
we're going to have to show up tomorrow, make the corrections and get ready to go to play a good Oregon team. That's all we
can do, there's nothing else we can do. We have three games left, and we have to find a way to win some games here and
On the probability that Bonnell starts against Oregon: "He probably will be, but he's beat up. He's beat up pretty
good. From what I know, he's got a concussion and a shoulder that's hurting too, so we'll see. If Carl can't go, Johnny would
go. And then Felix (Sweetman). There's nobody else."
On Felix Sweetman getting into the game: "He got in on special teams. I think he made a play. I think he got a pretty
good hit on somebody too."
On Bonnell getting a little reluctant after throwing two interceptions in the first half: "I think he felt a little
bit reluctant to push it down the field after that interception, but there were also some guys coming up the field in his
vision that forced him out. I think the pressure up the field hurt. I don't know if he needs to push up...we'll check it
closer on the films. We had people open down the field and we couldn't connect with them."
On DuRocher stepping in and running the offense: "That's his strength. He knows the system. I thought his accuracy was
good. His ability to run the offense and his ability to know where the ball should go is good."
On the touchdown play to Shackelford: "He knew where No. 2 was, and that wasn't No. 1. He got to No. 2 on that. He
knows the system."
On Louis Rankin: "I think he got a little more aggressive. There were a couple of times where he's just got to hit it
and go, but for the most part, I thought he ran pretty hard and got better."
On Bonnell and not sliding feet first: "I told him to get down and slide. That was the whole plan. And we couldn't do
a lot of the read stuff...that got shelved a little bit. We knew he was sore and we knew that we couldn't run some of the
stuff we'd normally like to run - like the read zone and the QB Power and QB Draw - things like that. I just think it's his
On the offense changing if DuRocher ends up starting against Oregon: "It will definitely change. The pass game won't
have to change, but the run game will change a bit. There are some things we'll have to revamp."
On ASU's pressure: "They came after us at times pretty good, but at times they were able to with only 3 and 4 guys."
On whether or not to use Shelton Sampson: "I thought we were going to go with Louis pretty much. He took most of the
reps. We don't have a problem spelling him, but he wanted back in the game. I thought he played pretty hard. He caught the
ball out of the backfield and ran it up in there better than he did a week ago."
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