Player Quotes - Oregon

Washington suffered it's sixth-straight loss to Oregon on Saturday at Husky Stadium and the players weren't too happy about it. Read on to get the thoughts on them as they head into their bye week with a 3-5 record.

RB Chris Polk

On his ankle: "My ankle is still hurting and I tweak every other play so I just have to get more tape to have it be more stable and more secure."

On watching Oregon celebrate at Husky Stadium "It's very hard, especially when they're rivals and you hate everything about them it's hard, but that's just the way the game goes and it's the ups and downs of football."

On some of the mental mistakes by the Huskies: "I think it's because, in situations like that when the pressure is on, we don't do what we're coached to do, we try to do our own thing. We've just got to stay focused and do what we're taught to do."

On the turning-point of the game: "Right when I fumbled I felt like that's when we threw ourselves out of it. I blame myself for that, it was me, all me, but it just happens and there's nothing you can do to prevent it."


RB Demitrius Bronson

On his first extended playing time: "When you get in and have your chance you just have to go. You have to be ready at all times to go in whether it's the first quarter or the fourth quarter, when the coaches call your name, regardless of the score you have to be ready to go and I did my best today."

On the two goal line plays: "You just have to be ready and I felt like at that time my mind wasn't really set, but I saw a crease and thought I had a hole and a guy just got me from behind. As far as short yardage, we just have to execute better in the redzone."


Ben Ossai

On how important this game was: "Every game is important to us. We're just trying to bring the Dawgs back. Every game is important to us. Every game is significant to us. We need every win that we can possibly get…They're a good team, they got the upper hand on us today."

On whether Oregon did anything surprising: "We prepared very well. Our coaches had the game plan."

On where the Huskies are season-wise: "Season wise we have a bye week and we are preparing for our next game."

On bowl game possibilities: "We have four games left and we need three wins to get to a bowl game…It's possible if we win three games. We'll be in there but we have to take each game at a time."


WR Jermaine Kearse

On whether it was hard seeing Oregon celebrating at Husky Stadium: "It's always tough when you lose at your home. You always want to protect your home field and it hurts, but we're just going to have to move on and correct our mistakes."

On the turnovers: "Every day our coaches preach about how important the ball is and whoever wins the turnover battle is going to win the game. We just gave up too many turnovers which cost us."

On whether losing that badly to Oregon makes it tougher: "It's painful anyways. You always want to win and it's your rival game against Oregon, you always want to beat the Ducks but it just didn't go our way."


DT Alameda Ta'amu

On the second half: "I think they were just the better team coming out in the second half. They came out with vengeance, they were ready."

On Oregon's offense: "We were stopping them early in the game but I guess they found a hole in our defense. They went for it. Their offense, like most teams' offenses, changes when they get down the goal line."

On Masoli: "We kind of new coming into the game that with Masoli being injured they would most likely give the ball to the running back…they took the chance and kept it and found themselves getting yards.

On whether the no-huddle was hard: "We worked on that all week but in the real game, I guess, yeah."
CB Desmond Trufant

On the difference between the first and second half: "I think it was more of what we didn't do on defense. We didn't make plays when we needed to. We knew what they were going to do coming into the game. We had a good game plan, but we just couldn't make big plays when we had to."

On Oregon's zone-read offense: "We have got to do a better job of reading the quarterback and running back. Their quarterback could obviously run the ball well so we needed to read him better. That is a boost for them because their quarterback is so mobile, but we just need to make more plays."

On Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli: "He's a really good player. He is fast and he can throw the ball really well. He works really well in their offense because he is so fast, but he can still throw downfield when he needs to."


WR Devin Aguilar

On the offense's ability to move the ball and his ability to get open: "I think we had a good game plan coming into this game. It wasn't really that I was seeing anything special in their defense. We just game-planned all week and when we executed the plays correctly I was able to get open. Jake has been looking at me a little more these last couple of games and I think it was working for parts of the game."

On the offense's inability to capitalize in the redzone: "We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot every time we got close to the endzone. I don't know why we weree doing it. We should be scoring touchdowns. We had been running the ball down their throat all day, but we just couldn't execute and move the ball in the redzone."


QB Jake Locker

On his health: "I'm fine. I'm fine. It's just cramps so no big deal. Back felt great."

On whether he's second guessing himself when it comes to running: "I don't know if it's second guessing. At the time, everything I do I feel is the right decision. I can go back and look at it and there's some times that I could have taken advantage and taken off I think…You have to learn from it and the biggest thing is just trust when the play's stretched out and you're moving and to just keep moving and be comfortable doing it."

On whether it's possible he's trying too hard: "Yeah. Obviously you want to make plays and try to win a football game so you're going to do everything you can to do that and sometimes you get outside yourself and outside the game plan."

On whether Oregon has the best defense he's played against: "They were good. I thought offensively we executed our stuff and moved the ball well we just didn't when we got in the red zone. We didn't score touchdowns when we could have. I feel like we ran the ball well, probably the best we have all year. Our passing game was working and when we got down to the red zone we just couldn't score touchdowns."

On what's going on in the red zone: "We'll just have to look at the film…I can't tell you off the top of my head."

On whether this is a harder loss: "It's always hard. When you can't move the ball or you are moving the ball and you can't take advantage of your opportunities it's frustrating"

On whether this is a good time for a bye week: "It's always good to have a bye in the middle of the season just health-wise. Let some guys rest and get their legs back under them. From that stance it's good and we'll need to regroup and refocus and make sure we're ready to play in two weeks."

On whether he feels focus slipping away:"No, no. I just think that in the critical situation in the game we didn't execute."

On the USC / Oregon game: "It's two good football teams, it'll be fun to watch. Different styles. We'll see how it works itself out next weekend."


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