Player Quotes - WSU

The last home game of the 2007 season ended badly for the 22 seniors and the 60,000 plus Husky fans in attendance at Husky Stadium on Saturday. Read on to see the thoughts of several players following Washington's 42-35 loss to Washington State in the 100th Apple Cup.

QB Jake Locker

On his thoughts during the game: "I didn't feel like I needed to go out and do anything special. I just ran the plays our coaches called for us and some of them worked and some of them didn't. They played us tough and they were physical with us at time, but we came out and played them hard and I thought we had a good chance to win the game, but we just didn't end up getting it done."

On his big run in the fourth quarter: "They had me on the outside so I sorta just juked him and ran it. It was a play for me to have some receivers out to that side, but they covered it well so I knew I had to make a play and I was able to do that."

His thoughts on losing the Apple Cup: "No game is any more important to me than any other game. I hate to lose so this one hurts bad, but no more than the other games we've lost this year. Of course it means something because we're rivals, but it hurts no matter when we lose and I feel bad for our seniors to lose their last game at home like this, but we have a chance to send them out on a winning note by going to Hawaii and getting a win so that will be our focus."

LB E.J. Savannah

On the game and his frustrations: "We're all frustrated because we felt like we should have won that game. They have a good team and a tough offense to defend, but we think we have what it takes to win and it's tough losing a game like this one, especially this game because it's the Apple Cup and you never want to lose this game."

On his struggles in coverage: "I play against the tight end all the time so this wasn't anything different, but usually they don't throw it to them and you don't get to see my coverage. Today I made a couple mistakes on coverage and we paid for it with the big touchdown to their tight end for their first touchdown. The second one wasn't really my coverage because I was making my drop and I went inside and he went outside so that wasn't my play to make."

WR Marcel Reece

On WSU winning at Husky Stadium: "It's hard, it's really hard. This was a vital game for us and it means so much to the city, to us and we deserved it just as much as the fans do and it's hard to take this one, but every loss is hard and like I said it's never easy."

On Corey Williams being upset: "He feels like the rest of us do. We deserved to win and everybody makes mistakes – you never have a perfect game – but he came out again and recovered and he played hard just like everyone else."

On Locker's game: "I'm never worried about Jake. He's a phenom, he's a manchild, he does what he has to do to win. He's a tough son-of-a-gun. I met his dad and his mom and all of his sisters and every last one of them are just as tough as Jake. It's a blessing to have him in the backfield and when he plays as well as he does it's a great asset to our team. I expect it all from him. He never ceases to amaze me at all. I expect that stuff from him."

On his long touchdown reception: "Jake just went through his reads and he gave me a chance to make a play on the ball and it was a big play for us. When you start running a route you can tell you might be open or not and that was one of those plays. I was just waiting on the ball and I stayed patient and poised and those are the hardest when you're not in traffic and you're waiting on it and the balls in the air and you have so much to think about, but it worked out for us. It doesn't feel as good in the loss, but it worked out for us."

DT Jordan Reffett

On losing his last Apple Cup: "This one stings, I'm not going to lie to you. It hurts bad especially where I come from, but it is what it is and we just need to put this one behind us and get ready for next week's game."

On who fans should be blaming: "Blame us. Hold us accountable. I'm taking this whole loss on my shoulders because obviously I didn't do enough to get us a win and neither did any of the players. We had our chances and we just didn't make the plays when we had a chance and it really cost us."

On WSU celebrating at Husky Stadium: "I didn't like it, but it wasn't because they were disrespectful. They were really sportsmanlike and just celebrated with their fans in the endzone and it really has nothing to do with them. I have a sick feeling in my gut right now and it will never go away because I had to watch them celebrate in our stadium twice in my career and I will have to live with that the rest of my life." Top Stories