Coach Tyrone Willingham opened the interview session after his team's 35-28 loss to Stanford with this statement:
"This one is very difficult for me to stand before you because I felt like we had a football team that would be able to go out and win this football game. Not being disrespectful to Stanford, because they played a good game, but I felt like we could win the football game."
He was asked it this is the toughest spot he's ever been in as a coach.
"Without question," he said. "Without question. Because there are so many things flying around my young men right now, and we're trying to keep them focused on that next task, that next goal. Because they're frustrated, the coaches are frustrated. Everyone's frustrated, the fans are frustrated. We want to get this thing right."
He was asked if "things flying around" means the speculation that he might be fired.
"Everything," he said. "There is enough stuff going around out there to probably cure our national debt right now."
Here are some additional notes and quotes that time didn't allow into my story in the Sunday paper:
WILLINGHAM on Jake Locker's injury
"He has a fracture of his (right) thumb and we'll see exactly what the dimensions of that are, so that will determine, once we figure that out, what kind of timetable he will be on."
WILLINGHAM on the Huskies
"We can't seem to get the right rhythm.We put pressure, but thon one pressure, they catch it in front of us, they break tackles, they do things. And then we don't put pressure, we don't stop them that way. We're just not where we'd like to be. We're trying to figure it out and get everyone where they need to be. And we haven't found that cure."
WILLINGHAM on the defense
"Obviously, we're playing a lot of young guys and to some degree that hurts you. But that's not an excuse and we won't accept that as an excuse. We need to get it right tomorrow and that's what our efforts will be. We've been trying to do that. At some point, I believe it will click and it will work and we'll have the kind of defense that we will be proud of and give us a chance to win football games."
DE DANIEL TE'O NESHEIM on no UW sacks yet this season
"We need to get to the quarterback. Already it's been too long. We've got to fix this. I'm not totally sure what it is that's causing this, but we have to fix it."
STANFORD COACH JIM HARBAUGH overview
"Our guys played their tails off tonight. We put in some new personnel groups, had some two tight end/two running back formations and had some different shifts and motions and guys were playing different positions than they were accustomed to, but we didn't have any penalties or time outs as a result of that and it really gave us a lot of momentum."
HARBAUGH on QB Tavita Pritchard
"This was his best night as a quarterback here at Stanford. ... He had a heck of a game. ... The (pass) to Baldwin for the touchdown today ... he threw it as good as anyone can throw it. You can't throw it better."
PRITCHARD (of Tacoma and Clover Park HS) on returning to his home state
"It's great to come back to Washington. It's clean air up here -- I love it up here. When I flew in here and saw all of the green, I was telling these guys it's God's country up here -- it's beautiful. I love coming back up -- a lot of family."
Brandon Johnson had his first two-touchdown game as a college player.
This was the first game of the season that QB Jake Locker didn't lead the Huskies in rushing. That honor went to tailback David Freeman who had 64 yards on seven carries.
This also ws the first game that D'Andre Goodwin didn't lead the Huskies in receptions. True freshman Jermaine Kearse had six catches, Goodwin five.
Ronnie Fouch had career highs in attempts (27), completions (13) and yards (186).
Good news: The Huskies haven't thrown an interception this season.
Bad news: They also haven't recorded a sack ... or, of course, a win.
They return to action at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at Arizona.