Player quotes - ASU

QB Johnny DuRocher (Kim Grinolds/Dawgman.com)

Long faces were the order of the day as the Huskies again are dealing with a tough loss late in a game, this time in overtime. Can the Huskies recover? The players think so and they shared their thoughts with the media following Washington's 26-23 defeat at the hands of Arizona State

QB Johnny DuRocher (4 of 8, 40 yards, 1 touchdown)

On the touchdown drive: "We tried to run a few screens and stuff, but we got in some third and longs and guys got open and we caught the ball and Sonny (Shackelford) made a good play in the endzone for the touchdown."

On the touchdown pass helping his confidence: "I think, more than anything, it helped the team's confidence. It was good because it got us right back in the game and the way it ended was just unfortunate." On miscommunication with receivers in overtime: "What really hurt us was that I missed some stuff at the line of scrimmage that would have put me in a better situation. I didn't do a good job of communicating the snap-count to our guys. That's why we got that penalty in overtime, but it's only five yards and we learned last week you can't play for a field goal in overtime. You have to go for the throat when you can and we just didn't get it done unfortunately."

On how tough this loss is on the team: "It's always tough to lose four in a row on any team and we've been close. I think guys are getting tired of it, so next week we've got to come out and, I know we're getting tired of saying this, but we've got to play a full game together."




SS C.J. Wallace (9 tackles, 1 tackle-for-loss)

On the disappointment of the team: "We're learning how we need to handle out business early and not do bad at the beginning of games and, even though we had a chance to win the game, it just didn't come out the way we wanted it to. We didn't play our best football, everybody knows that, but we've shown we're a good team and we can play with anyone. We just need to finish it.

On Arizona State's touchdown in overtime: "To me, that was a cheap play. You never want to go out like that with a guy that wide open. To me that's the reason this hurts so much, because the way he was able to catch it with no one really there, it just hurts and we need to learn from it."

On Washington's ability to come back: "It's just a different mindset that we have. Coach Willingham has been coaching us and coaching us hard and when we run our practices he keeps emphasizing finishing and playing hard until the last down and I think that's the difference because we've been in the system and with the coaches for two years now."

On losing the past two home games: "It's frustrating because we think we can play with anyone. USC and Cal are great teams, but we showed we can play with them. I can't tell you why we lost to Oregon State and Arizona State like we did when we played the other teams really hard, but this conference has great teams in it and it's frustrating to lose like we have."




DT Wilson Afoa (1 tackle, 1 tackle-for-loss, 1 sack)

On giving up big plays: "It's just the little things that are hurting us. Those little mistakes turn into the big plays. We have to eliminate those mistakes and we won't give up the big plays. It's about tightening up. We harp on it at halftime and we have to come out in the second half and play good defense."

On making plays late in the game: "If we all play a complete game, offense, defense and special teams, we wouldn't put ourselves in these last-minute drive situations. We just have to come out and play a complete game. We still haven't played a complete game yet."




WR Sonny Shackelford (3 catches, 18 yards, 1 touchdown catch, 1 touchdown pass)

On his touchdown throw to Anthony Russo: "It was exactly how we drew it up. I was thinking to myself ‘just hit him and it's a touchdown' so that's what I did. I took a little bit of a hit on it too. I sorta learned what quarterbacks go through, but it wasn't anything that you couldn't take."

On when Bonnell went down: "We have faith in all our quarterbacks so when Carl went down, we knew Johnny could come in and make plays too. Johnny probably knows this offense better than anyone on our team so we were confident he could get it done and he did."

On is touchdown catch: "On that play I'm supposed to head to the back corner of the endzone, but their whole defense went that way too so I just sat down and flashed open for Johnny and he got it there. I was a little nervous it wasn't going to get there in time, but it did. That guy flashing in front of me surprised me, but I hung onto it."




LB Scott White (8 tackles, 1 tackle-for-loss)

On losing in overtime for the second week in a row: "I think just losing is really draining more than anything. We're all going to be disappointed about the fact that we lost. Not the fashion that we lost in or the fact that we came back. We expected to win and we didn't get it done."

On how to win close games: "Practice and experience are probably the best teachers right now in those situations. We practice those situations a lot and we've experienced them a lot lately. It's going to be another tight game next week against Oregon so maybe if we're in that situation we'll handle it a little bit different."

On the team's success in the fourth-quarter: "That's definitely encouraging to know that when the game is on the line we have guys making plays. That is definitely positive. But we really have to get over that hump. We're so close to having a really good record this year, but a couple plays here and there have cost us. We need to continue to put sixty minutes together to get over that hump and make two or three more plays to win the game."

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