Jake is diagnosed with a neck sprain. He will fly home tonight on a private plane, while the rest of the team takes the bus. Locker was apparently lucid after the game, and even apologized to his teammates for not being there for them.
Willingham said he doesn't want to speculate much on Locker's availablity for next week, but he didn't rule out Locker playing. Meanwhile, Bonnell said he's ready if needed.
A few notes:
The game eliminated UW from bowl consideration and assures their fourth straight losing record -- the longest streak in school history.
On the other hand, Oregon State became bowl eligible.
The crowd of 45,629 was the largest in Reser Stadium history.
And while the game was hard-fought -- and sometimes with hard feelings -- and while there's no doubt the OSU fans were furious (apparently rightly) about that final fumble call ... despite all that, I gotta say the fans were all class in their treatment of Locker, including a polite hand as he was taken from the field and a warm standing ovation when they noticed him return.
Other than Locker, Fred Wiggs may be the only Husky who suffered an injury that might keep him out next week.
A few quotes:
On the hit on Locker: It was very clear if you see the hit that it was helmet-to-helmet contact, there wasn't any doubt question about that. The difficult part about it is the officials from the angles that they had could not see that. ... (But) I don't think coaches are telling their football teams to make what I would call malicious type blows.
On OSU's final fumble: "It was a smart move on Roy's part to pick up the ball and advance it, and the official saw something different."
On the comeback: "The thing is we never stopped fighting. Which is a real pleasure when you coach young men to coach young men that don't give up and keep playing hard. We just didn't do enough things to finish it up."
On Carl Bonnell's play: "It's rough coming off the bench in that situation and we hadn't generated very much offense up to that point. But Carl comes in and had a couple of long plays, and that makes a huge difference. His throw to Anthony down the middle and his throw to Cody up the sideline – those were big plays."
On missing a bowl: "It was something that our guys were battling for. They were hanging onto that. It was one thing that we set as a goal for us when we started last winter. Now that that's gone, we still have three big ballgames to play, we've got a California team, then we've got the 100th Apple Cup, which will be big, and then we finish up in Hawaii."
On his halftime talk: "The first thing is you don't want one of your teammates to go down in vain. You want to fight and you want to win the football game for him. Then the next thing is you don't want to get caught up in all the garbage that was taking place out there. We don't want our football team to be that kind of team. We want to play the game right, we want to play it physical, we want to knock the hell out of them, but at the same time, we want to play within the rules of the game."
On his brief conversation with Locker: "He is a true competitor. He hates to not be there because he believes he can make a difference in the outcome of the football game."
On going into the game: "(Locker) was scrambling to get the first down. It was a big hit, I saw him (not) get up ... so I went over and grabbed a ball and started getting ready. A couple of minutes later he still hadn't gotten up and the entire team's thoughts were on him. We know how violent this game can be. The possibility is always out there. So we were just thankful that he's walking around and we think he'll be ok."
On Locker addressing the team: "This is the kind of guy he is: He said he was sorry. He thought he let the team down. He's just a guy with the best character you can possibly think of. He's just out there fighting for every year. He's down. I think we're all down. But we're all praying for him for a quick recovery."
On the comeback: "The defense gave us opportunities to get some drives there in the fourth quarter. Really, the plays just happened. You don't plan them up like that all the time. Cody Ellis made a great play. We had a little trickery with Russo's touchdown. really we just started connecting. We weren't doing any of that in the first three quarters, as the yards showed."
On the final 4th down play: "We called a very basic play. A play that works 99 percent of the time. Their defense switched up their coverage a little bit. It was just a basic out rout to Russo. The corner went off his man. He had been running with the outside man all game long, and he came inside. Russo held up and I threw it in front of him and got him beat up a little on that play but it's something where they called the right play at the right time."
On his play: "I was comfortable. I don't think I was in rhythm at first and threw a couple of bad balls and wasn't seeing things the way I think I should be seeing it. I felt confident. I thought we were going to score, go down there and win the game and still have a bowl shot. I was really comfortable. There are a lot of solid guys around me."
On if he is the starter next week: "Cal's a solid team. they've been struggling the last few weeks."
Closing notes:The loss eliminated Washington from bowl consideration. The Huskies last bowl appearance was 2002, when they lost in the Sun Bowl. They finished 7-6 that season, making that also UW's last winning season. The Huskies are assured of their fourth straight losing season, the longest streak in a football history that dates to 1889. ... With a scoreless first quarter, Oregon State continues to hold a 92-9 first-quarter advantage over its opponents this season. ... Tuiasosopo's interception was the first of his career. ... UW freshman Curtis Shaw made his first reception as a wide receiver. He had one previous career catch as a tailback. ... OSU kicker Alexis Serna's 51-yard field goal in the second quarter was the seventh of his career of 50 yards or longer. ... Despite forecasts of rain, not a drop fell during the game. ... UW game captains were Greyson Gunheim, Louis Rankin, Juan Garcia and Jordan Reffett.