The main topic of today's meeting with coach Willingham and some of the Huskies was how the team -- and also that team from LA -- will deal with their first defeat of the season.
The Huskies suffered their first loss, 33-14, to Ohio State on Saturday; while the Bruins were shocked 44-6 at Utah.
The teams will meet Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
Quarterback Jake Locker said he just lets losses go:
"I think all of us understand that the game is in the past. We obviously didn't play as well as we needed to. But we can't do anything about it, so we need to look forward to a really good opponent in UCLA next weekend."
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However, senior defensive tackle Jordan Reffett and some other linemen said they had it out with each other a bit -- nothing negative, just challenging themselves to do better -- before letting it go: "We watched the film and kind of got after each other a little bit," Reffett said. "We made a lot of mistakes. They're correctable mistakes, that's the good thing. But the bad thing is we lost the game. We're going to learn from our mistakes and just keep going."
Coach Tyrone Willingham thinks either approach can work: "I hope we're angry the whole season about losing that ball game," he said. "But I hope we also don't allow any of the residue of that ball game to affect us in the next ball game or the next ball game. So it's a real fine line."
However, you've got to figure that whatever the Huskies are thinking, the Bruins must be saying and then so after their pure embarrassment of a loss.
However, we don't really know because coach Karl Dorrell wasn't available to the Washington media on Monday. We should get his Tuesday as part of the weekly Pac-10 coaches call.
Willingham, however, said he doesn't think there's anything wrong with the Bruins. He especially praised their run defense, their offensive backfield, their big-play receivers, and their hard-hitting safeties.
"I think they have a lot of good things in place," he said. "I don't have any problem identifying the UCLA team."
Speaking of Locker, as we were a few paragrahs back,
Saturday marked the first time he had played on the losing side since 2004 – when he was a junior at Ferndale.
"I've always hated losing," he said. "Ever since I was a little kid I hated it, and I still do. So, it's hard. Anytime you lose it's hard, but I hadn't experienced that in a long time, so that was definitely a tough one for me."
There were no announced changes to the UW injury list, with the status of cornerback Byron Davenport, linebacker Dan Howell, and tailback/returner Brandon Johnson still uncertain.
Willingham said he hopes to work another tailback into the rotation in order to help tailback Louis Rankin (ankle) recover and then remain strong for the rest of the season. However, the depth chart doesn't clearly identify a No. 2 back from among J.R. Hasty, Curtis Shaw or Brandon Johnson. And Willingham interestingly volunteered that Hasty's sore ankle isn't the only reason he has only one carry this season.
Finally, UW coaches selected these players of the week for their play against the Buckeyes: fullback Paul Homer on offense, end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim on defense, and Rankin on special teams. However, Te'o Nesheim wasn't buying. "I thought I played horrible," he said. "There is so much more we can improve on as a defense. It's hard to look at yourself and say, 'Oh I played good,' because I know I didn't play up to the standards of what the Huskies defense should be playing."