Washington State at Washington Postgame Quotes
Nov. 29, 2013
Washington State Players
QB Connor Halliday
What are you feeling after this loss?
Definitely frustrating. I’m real close with the seniors on this team, so it sucks to go out this way. Just a tough loss all the way around.
What are these next few days going to be like, wondering if you’re a bowl team, wondering where you’re going to go?
Yeah, frustrating. You definitely want to take it out of chance’s hand, but we weren’t able to do that. We’ll see what happens.
What do you think happened for you guys as a whole in the 3rd quarter, trying to get things going?
I think UW’s defense played real well. We had trouble running the ball in the 3rd quarter. We dropped a few. I missed a few throws. We had trouble protecting. Kind of go down the line. But credit to them [Washington]. Their defense played real well.
The team doubled your win total this season. Do you feel like you took a step forward as a program?
Yeah, we definitely took a step forward. The biggest thing would be our mentality. I know everybody in that locker room is hurting right now, just as much as I am. I don’t know if that would have been the case last year or two years ago. The culture has changed, and Coach Leach knows what he’s doing.
LB Darryl Monroe
Any though on Bishop Sankey and how they got him going in the 2nd half?
He’s a decent running back. We’ve played better. But I feel like a lot of what he accomplished we gave him. I wouldn’t make it more than that.
What do you mean by that?
They just had a few formations that we didn’t fit properly. Instead of levering the block, we might have spilled it, and just those types of things, involving coverage and what not.
How frustrating was it? It seemed like you guys controlled them pretty well in the 1st half.
It’s pretty frustrating. They pretty much just started taking what we gave them. Our eyes just weren’t in the right place, and we weren’t in our gaps, so it’s pretty frustrating.
CB Nolan Washington
What changed in the 3rd quarter when Washington got going offensively?
We gave up some big plays, some big runs and then some big pass plays. They capitalized on it, and we didn’t really rebound from that.
How pivotal do you think that screen pass that UW converted in the 3rd quarter was?
That was big. It was third-down-and-long. We expect to get off the field on third-down-and-long, and the fact that they converted it, that was a big play for them. Like I said, they capitalized on it, and that’s what was leading them to coming back.
Obviously this was a tough loss, but does it make it a little easier knowing this might not be your last college football game?
I hate losing, regardless. This one hurts, especially losing to them and especially me being a senior. This was my last one. I really wanted this one. To lose to them really hurts. But we’ll bounce back, and we’ll prepare for whatever bowl game we have.