Head coach Chris Petersen, quarterback Joe Southwick, linebacker J.C. Percy, and kicker Michael Frisina:
Petersen on Washington…"We watched a lot of tape and we knew they were a good team. I said it earlier I don't think all7-5 records are equal across the board. These guys have beaten too many good opponents andplayed too much good football that you start to get a gauge and I just knew it would be a reallytight game."
On Final Drive…"We wanted to score a touchdown. I thought we had a good play, and Joe actually worked theopposite side. He liked the matchup better than what we were probably designed to go to.After that... I felt very strongly he was going to make the field goal. I was more worried aboutthe snap than the field goal. They both did a great job."
On Blocked PAT…"No, it was not (the snap), it was a protection issue."
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On Williams-Rhodes return…"He's a football player, he's got great instincts. The return was designed to go to the other sideand you could feel him rotate to fast and he hit it back across the field where it really wasn'tsupposed to go."
On Frisina…"I think you look across the country, and maybe it's just me, it seems there's a lot ofinconsistent kickers out there. And really quietly, Mike's been doing a great job all season. Oncewe got that yard mark figured out early on, he's been like clockwork."
On Southwick…"He's finally figured out that he has legs and can run. We said long ago he came in here as agood athlete, as somehow as he's getting through our program he's turned into a bad athlete,in his mind at least. That's the main thing I was really pleased to see him run. Everybody knowsa scrambling quarterback can crush you and he made some big plays. I thought his whole game
was extremely clean."
Southwick on the season’s progression and the bowl…"I think the whole season our M.O. on offense was just getting better. And the most satisfyingthing about this season is each week you saw us get better.""The bowl game coming in, we knew Washington was going to be was as good as an opponentas we could face. They should that on the field today, hats off to them for doing a great job.""We knew it was going to be a four-quarter game. We knew that you couldn't beat this team intwo quarters.""All year I've known I can play at this level, it's just a lot of work, a lot of moving parts, workingtogether to fit the puzzle together. The last three or four games it's really showed. We've beenreally executing on offense at a high level. It's just been awesome.""Sometimes you get into a robot mode when you're a quarterback at this level becausetechnically somebody should be open. It's one, two, three - someone should be open. But inthe game of football it doesn't work like that. Being able to not see the first guy, feeling somepressure and seeing a running late and hitting it, it's just going back to instincts of playingfootball. It was awesome being able to use (my legs)."
On 3rd down conversions"That's just a testament to our guys staying cool, staying calm, staying poised, understandingthe play-call we were trying to run and then executing it."
Percy on Bishop Sankey…"He was doing a good job at finding holes in our defense. He's a great back, he showed it allyear and he was able to run hard and break tackles and use his elusive moves to get away fromus."
On 17 tackles"It was a great way to end it (my career), especially with a win and to be able to go out with allthese seniors as 4-time bowl champions. I'm so proud to be a part of this program the past fiveyears. It's been a great thing in my life."
Michael Frisina on game-winning field goal…"Every kicker's dream to hit a game-winning field goal. For this one to come in my last collegiategame, couldn't ask for anything more.""I knew I made right when I hit it. I don’t know where it ended up; I just know it went throughthe yellow posts."