Player Quotes - Arizona

In one of the most memorable and improbable wins in Washington history, the Dawgs stole a game from the Arizona Wildcats, 36-33 at Husky Stadium. What were the players' thoughts following the game? Read on the find out...

LB Mason Foster

On his big play: "There were a lot of big plays in the game it just happened to be mine in the last second. It's just exciting. It comes down to everybody else- rushing hard…Lots of great plays, mine just came at a crucial time in the game."

On how they feel about the season: "We always feel like we're alive for a bowl game. We just want to keep playing hard. This is another win and we've got Arizona State next week. It's another week, it's a great win, and we've got to get some more and keep playing hard and keep getting better."

Comparing this game to USC: "It's the same. Any Pac 10 game is big. It was big beating S.C. at home and it's big beating Arizona at home. They're great teams and Pac 10 football is crazy. I just love it, I love to be a part of games like this especially when we come out with a W."


LB Donald Butler

On whether he saw bowl game hopes slip away during the rough parts of this game: "Honestly game to game I'm not really thinking about a bowl game. Really I'm just thinking about the game and the next play. I was just trying to win the game at that point."

On whether this is a season changing game: "Oh definitely. Whenever you have a game like this where it comes down to the end it is. Arizona played a good game. We just got it today."

On whether it was hard to go back out and defend after the game-winning play: "It's big but at the same time that's part of the game. You have emotional highs and lows so when you make a good play you've got to recap too."

On whether he's ever been a part of a win like this: "No not really. That's another one for the books."


RB Chris Polk

On getting a win after the past two losses: "It's really big, especially to win at home because we want to put on something for our fans. We believe in out fans like they believe in us so we always want to get the victory so they come back and bring more people. The home wins are the biggest wins."

On whether it was hard to come back from a deficit: "We never give up. We're coached to never give up. We execute in the key moments and situations. He (Sarkisian) told us that if we do that then we'll have a positive outcome and the game will come out in our favor so that's what we just did."


QB Jake Locker

On the importance of getting the win: "It's always nice to get a win. Obviously it was a pretty sloppy game on our part but the one thing we did do is competed and never gave up and played until the end and found a way to win the game."

On whether that's a theme of this season: "Yeah I think so. There were 5 minutes left and we were down points and I'm sure a lot of people counted us out at that point and the guys just kept fighting, kept playing. We knew that as long as there was time on the clock we had a chance to win the game. It's great when you're able to be rewarded for that kind of effort."

On having Aguilar back: "He made some big plays tonight. He's a guy that we try to get the ball to so he can score some touchdowns for us and make some big plays. He's a great receiver. He's got size, he understands the game, and he's very competitive."


CB Quinton Richardson

On Arizona's bubble screens: "We just had to start reading it. Bubble screens are hard to react to and hard to get to…it was tough and they were getting yards. We're just glad they didn't score off of them." "It's a tough play to react to…we just had to play smart football at the end of the day."

On whether he'd seen that many bubble screens in a game before: "No, Never but hey it kept helping them so they kept going back to it and we couldn't stop it so eventually they kept getting yards. We were stopping it but thank God for that interception, thank God for Mason's recognition. That was just a hell of a play."

On having freshman Nate Fellner in the game: "He did a tremendous job. He stepped up when he had to make plays. He's a freshman and I'm glad he contributed to the win. He's a good kid, he's smart. I know it's hard to be thrown out there in the line of fire but I just appreciate him being in the game."

On the kickoff that hit him in the face: "That was just a lack of concentration. I took my eye off the ball for a split second and lost concentration. That's all my fault."

Kavario Middleton

On the win: "It is great. I don't really know how to explain a win like that, but it just feels so great to pull out a win when everyone probably thinks you can't."

On being 2-1 in the Pac 10: "It feels great. Especially after last season it feels so great to be able to control our own destiny in the Pac 10."

On what he saw in the defense on his touchdown catch: "The safety went and played the post and I just ran behind him to the front corner of the end zone. I was wide open and Jake (Locker) saw me."


Daniel Te'o-Nesheim

On winning on a defensive touchdown: "I am just so happy. I knew a lot of people out there were hanging their heads and thought the game was over, but everybody on the field was ready to get the ball back and score. Mason (Foster) just made the play we knew someone would make."

The feeling of the defense on the last drive: "That drive was all about focus. That was one of the loudest I have ever heard Husky Stadium. When it's that loud you really cannot hear anyone on the field and you have to go off instinct. I think that drive was all about our focus on the defense."

On the 2nd to last drive when Mason jumped the screen and forced the quarterback out of the pocket: "We didn't really talk about it on the sideline before the drive. I don't really know what happened. The only thing I can say is that it was just Mason (Foster) being awesome."


James Johnson

On being 2-1 in the Pac 10: "It feels great. This is my first year so I can't really say anything about last year, but I am just happy with the way everything has gone this season. We are progressing so much and playing together as a unit. We are getting wins, and most importantly we are just playing like a family."

On the feeling in the huddle on the last offensive touchdown drive: "We were just trying to make plays. Obviously I dropped 2 passes, but I knew I just had to stay in the game mentally and stay focused. The feeling was great. Jake (Locker) is a great player, and he does what any great quarterback does, he kept us together when we had to be together and he made big plays. I can't even describe the way I felt when he completed the touchdown to Kavario (Middleton)."


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