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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 10/04/2003
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WASHINGTON STATE HEAD COACH Bill Doba

On avoiding the letdown after beating Oregon 55-16 last week...
"It's nice to win 30-7 and not be satisfied. I give Arizona credit. We warned our kids that they were going to better here today than they were on video all week, and they were."

On the play of quarterback Matt Kegel...
"He got hurt in the second quarter, so he has some ice on that shoulder. He played through some pain. Swogger came in and did pretty well. We didn't want to him to throw the ball much with a 30-7 lead, but he did a nice job. I thought Kegel was courageous."

On the play of Arizona after the departure of John Mackovic this week...
"Their tempo seemed to be a little better and they seemed to be flying to the ball a little harder. Clarence Farmer ran a couple of times like the old Farmer that I remember."

On the timing of an upcoming bye week for the Cougars...
"Perfect. We need a bye in the worst way. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday they are off and Thursday and Friday we will work on fundamentals. We'll have a nice scrimmage with the rookies on Saturday and get back to work the next Monday or Tuesday."

On WSU's mindset coming into the game against Arizona...
"They said all the right things. I don't know if they were up or down or what. I thought they were pretty lethargic at times. We came out of the chutes pretty well. The defense played hard throughout the ballgame."

On the play of the Cougar defense...
"Our defense was awesome. Jason David got another pick for a touchdown. They weren't as sharp as they were a week ago. There were some balls on the ground that we didn't recover. It's tough to be up every week but I thought they gave us a good effort. Arizona came in and played well."

WASHINGTON STATE PLAYERS

Linebacker Will Derting
On the play of Arizona true freshman quarterback Kris Heavner... "He is a little bit slippery. We had him wrapped up a couple of times and he didn't go down. He got outside the pocket and didn't take any sacks."

On the play of the Cougar defense...
"When you hold a team under 200 yards, you played a pretty good game."

On avoiding the letdown after beating Oregon 55-16 last week...
"We have a lot of veteran guys on the defense and we knew what we had to do. We all knew that we had to be up for this game."

Junior Wide Receiver Devard Darling
On his career-long 84-yard touchdown pass from Matt Kegel...
"I took off and tried to go out hard. (Matt) Kegel just put it up there for me. I tried to attack the ball and he (Wildcat defender) slid and fell to my right, so I cut behind him and was gone."

On avoiding the letdown this week...
"The coaches prepared us well. We were prepared but for some reason we came out flat and a little inconsistent in the red zone. I don't know what it is about playing at home, but we have some troubles in the red zone."

Senior Quarterback Matt Kegel
On WSU's continuing struggles in the red zone...
"That's my fault. I take the blame for what happened in there (red zone) today. I threw a bad ball and it got intercepted. A couple of those passes I kind of hung my receivers out a little bit. I just have to do a better job. I'm learning. This is my sixth game of the season and I want to do better. Some things I'm doing better and some things I'm doing worse. I need to continue to improve on everything and this team is going to be very successful."

On WSU's upcoming bye week...
"We are looking forward to some time off and watching some other people play football for a week. We are going to stay focused and have a few days of practice next week."

Senior Cornerback Jason David
On his interception returned for a touchdown that sealed the WSU victory...
"I don't think the quarterback really saw me. I knew he was going to try and throw short because they didn't need many yards. He threw it and it kind of hit my facemask. If I would have dropped it, I probably would have cried."

On the play of the Cougar defense...
"Once we start getting rolling, we try to strip the ball carrier every time. Today, it just seemed like we were trying to tackle the ball carrier. Once the defense gets going and causes turnovers, it makes it easier for the offense."

On letting go of the 55-16 win over Oregon...
"When you come off a big win, it's tough to let go of it. We didn't play a great game. We played a good game. It's hard, but we stayed focused."

Senior Defensive End Isaac Brown
On the end of WSU's streak of 22 consecutive games with a sack... "They slowed our pass rush down with some of the screen passes they were running. We were getting pressure on the quarterback, we just weren't getting the sacks."

ARIZONA HEAS COACH Mike Hankwitz

Hankwitz on the game:
"I was proud the way we came up here in a quality team's stadium and we were right there in the game going into late in the fourth quarter. We can look at three things that really hurt us, but at least we were in position, we just didn't make the plays."

"We're a young team and have had a lot of frustrations and sometimes they let that frustration get to them and we don't always execute like we're capable of. We are improving on that and getting beyond that. We had some adversity early in the game. We gave up a cheap touchdown in the first have, but we came back and played hard."

"We just haven't executed for 60 minutes against a quality team like that (WSU)."

"We played tough on defense and forced some turnovers. We had three turnovers against a good football team."

"Even after we threw the interception and had the fumble we still felt that we could hold them, but we mis-executed one situation on the blitz and they ended up scoring."

"We flew around and played hard, and to be in the game that late in the game I think says a lot about these kids."

There's a process you have to go through to learn how to win and we're taking steps that way.

"I think building on what we did last week in staying with a ranked team, it should give us validity in what we're trying to accomplish and believe in."

"Overall I was very pleased."

Hankwitz On the week:
"It was a tough week because of all the changes, but I think our players responded and tried to do everything we asked of them. I am pleased overall that we came up here and fought into the fourth quarter."

Hankwitz on WSU's defense:
"They're a veteran defense now, with seven fulltime starters off a Pac-10 championship team. They were a very aggressive unit, and have become even more aggressive this year. They put a lot of pressure on you."

Hankwitz on QB Kris Heavner:
"Give the freshman credit, he's making plays and making pretty good decisions overall."

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