Here are some of the things UW coaches and players were saying after the Hawaii game.
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR TIM LAPPANO
On whether the staff should return: I think we've made some improvement. We've recruited a lot of good football players. ... I think we've made a lot of progress. This program's a lot better now that it was when we got here. It is. I know there aren't enough wins yet, but I think we've done some pretty good things.
I think that's half the problem with Washington. If you look at the turnover, there is no continuity and consistency.
If we had inherited a program that had a lot of draft picks—how guys have we had drafted the last three years? If we had players getting drafted and all that kind of stuff, then you've got to say 'Wait a minute now,' but I think we are really close to doing some great things. I think the recruiting thing shows that. We played a good football team in here. Some people thought we were going to get blown out (against Hawaii), and we played out tails off for the most part.
Who blew us out this year? Nobody quit. We never quit. They played hard in every game, we just didn't make plays that we need to make to win some of these types of games, and it happened again tonight. I know you guys are saying, 'Well you've said that for 11, 12, 13 weeks now,' but we'll turn the corner. We will.
COACH TYRONE WILLINGHAM
Overview on the game: This was a real disappointment because our young men played a heck of a football game. It's that old football circumstance that one more play and we win a football. We just did not make the one more play.
On whether the Friday travel delays hurt his team: Our guys played a heck of a football game. The travel did nothing. The travel was a heck of an opportunity for our guys to do a little more bonding. They sit around, had fun, played cards. It's not the ideal location playing in the airport terminal, but our guys are resourceful, they know how to handle themselves and they made a good situation out of it.
On the offensive troubles after the 21-0 start: We just misfired. We got a holding call here a penalty there, we didn't execute some things and we got slowed down.
On the defense against high-scoring Hawaii: The truth is we didn't do well enough. That was the tale of the tape. We didn't do well enough offensively; we didn't do well enough defensively, even though I think we played a heck of a football game on both sides because that is a very talented offense. They do a lot of things very well.
On Louis Rankin's season: I think Louis has proved for the most part most of the critics wrong. He ran hard. He made plays only a few backs can make. … I think it's a credit to his hard work; obviously it's a credit to our offensive line also. They did a wonderful job, and I think it's a credit to our coaches because our coaches did a nice job of coaching the offense and him so they could be successful.
On Jake Locker's season: I think a lot of growth took place and at the same time, I think he showed the ability to be one of the best quarterbacks in this country.
QB JAKE LOCKER
On the game: We just weren't able to pull the game out. It was a tough game. It wasn't really that last play that it came down to. We didn't score in the second half. Our defense gave us the opportunity to win the game, and we didn't take advantage of it.
On the coaching staff: We're all behind coach. We all like what he's done here. We have a lot of respect for him. There's not a game that we went out when we didn't play for each other and play for him and play for the coaches. We're a team, and so every time we step on that field we're playing for everybody as part of the team. Obviously we're out there playing for him, and we support him.
On the final pass to Marcel Reece: It was just bad luck. They guy got a hand on it. I didn't throw it far enough outside. He got a hand on it and then it hit off Marcel's foot as he's falling and the guy intercepts it. It's just kind of how the year's gone. Kudos to them they played a great game.
DL WILSON AFOA
On returning to his home state: It's a great feeling to be back home. It's just unfortunate that we didn't win the game. I'm just glad to be home.
TB LOUIS RANKIN
On if the WAC officials cost UW the game: I wouldn't say that, but some calls were definitely questionable. That can probably go either way. I guess they probably see it better than I do.
WR MARCEL REECE
On the final pass: "It was just a play that was designed for whoever was open. Jake saw the matchup and I knew I could beat him. Everything happened except the catch. To tell you the truth, I really can't tell you much about the play because I don't know what happened."
CB ROY LEWIS
On what changed the game: We came out at halftime and made some more adjustments. The whole thing was just trying to keep Brennan confused about what defense and what coverages we were in. That worked for the majority of the game, but when it came down to it, they just made some key plays.
On where Hawaii would finish in the Pac-10: Probably last. To really be honest. They're a good team for the conference that they are in, but the Pac-10, I think there are just too many heavy hitters. Once teams get their number and have the right plays called, that system, like all systems, can be broken. You can find glitches in the system. They run their system very well, don't get me wrong, but there are some glitches that can be put out there.
On the end of his season and career: It's very frustrating. I'm at a loss for words. I just believe so much in this team, and I think so many people believe in this team, but it's not going to happened until everyone just decides that, hey, we've had enough and it's time to go out there and play like we know how to play. ... I love this team to death, and this team is going to be a great team in years to come.
On Willingham: I think Willingham just came in and turned this program around a complete 180. If you knew realized where this program was when he took it over, even the mindset of the players. So it goes far beyond the winning records and the actual results of the game. Just remember this. Coaches can't play the game, players have to play the game. This year was a bust. We had some opportunities to really compete on a higher level and show what we can do. Next year has to be the year, it just has to. There's nowhere else to go.