It's hard to lose eight straight games without some of the postgame quotes starting to sound familiar. That's kind of how it seemed Saturday in what was a familar-seeming loss followed by familiar-seeming quotes.
Everyone lamented the few key plays that turned the game against them. Everyone resolved to keep working as the season moves into its second half.
And here are few of those postgame quotes:
COACH TYRONE WILLINGHAM overview:
"(It) was a game in which we didn't make enough plays, gave up too many big plays, didn't create any turnovers and gave turnovers. If those things could have been avoided …"
Offensive coordinator TIM LAPPANO on the Huskies' success throwing deep:
"They play a technique with their safeties about nine yards and if we could have protected our quarterback better tonight we could have scored a lot of points against them because the ball gets over the top of them. Our whole game plan was to run the football at them, just keep plugging away with the run game, just go at them and throw the ball over the top of them. We got behind them many times and we hit a lot of them and many times we didn't have the time to get it. That's what happens when you play your safeties down low like that. They support the run well, but you're vulnerable over the top. We didn't make them pay enough like I wanted to."
Defensive coordinator ED DONATELL overview:
"You've got to put the complete game together. You can see people over the course of the year have had a hard time (stopping OSU) -- even the best teams. It's really the big plays."
QB RONNIE FOUCH on the offense:
"It was tough. We had a lot of good drives, we just couldn't capitalize when we got in the red zone on those third downs. It's tough coming off of the field and having to kick field goals, but we've just go to do better on finishing our drives and making big third-down plays."
DT JOHNIE KIRTON on the season:
"It definitely tears at us, but I'm one of those guys that if something bad happens to me, at the next moment I can put a smile on my face, I can turn back that intensity. I know my senior class is the same way. It's nothing to dwell on, we just need to get over the hump.
... What gets old is every Saturday night. The feeling, it gets old and something needs to change. ... It's internal with us as players. There are so many times we come out physical, we come out running around, but for whatever reason it kind of dies away. It's just maintaining like we do in the beginning of the game."
And a few game highlights:
Player of the game
Oregon State flanker James Rodgers gained a game-high 110 yards on three carries – a 36.7-yard average. He also caught three passes for 53 yards. He accounted for three touchdowns: on runs of 52 and 55 yards, and a 33-yard reception. His brother, Jacquizz, accounted for OSU's other touchdown.
Husky of the game
Receiver D'Andre Goodwin regularly got behind the Oregon State secondary. He ended up with five catches for 136 yards. He became the first UW receiver to top 100 receiving yards this season, and he moved past that milestone in the first half.
Washington jumped ahead 3-0. On the Beavers' next possession late in the first quarter, they faced a fourth and 1 at their own 43. Coach Mike Riley decided to go for it. OSU converted and continued on for a touchdown that started a 17-0 run that UW couldn't overcome.
UW coach Tyrone Willingham reported no new injuries that are expected to keep anyone out next week. Goodwin and tailback Terrance Dailey each went out for a while, but both returned to action.
Dailey became the fourth player to start at tailback for UW in the first six games, joining Chris Polk, David Freeman and Willie Griffin. … Tackle Johnie Kirton started for the first time as a defensive player. He had started previously as a tight end. … Jared Ballman's 45-yard field goal in the first quarter was the first made by the Huskies since the season opener at Oregon. It also was UW's longest since Ryan Perkins hit from the same distance last season against California. … This was OSU's first road victory of the season after three losses. … Washington remains paired with North Texas as the only winless teams in the NCAA Bowl Subdivision as the not-so-Mean Green also lost, 35-23, to Louisiana-Monroe. The teams also share eight-game losing streaks, the longest in the nation. … UW game captains were Paul Homer, Johnie Kirton, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Michael Gottlieb.
Notre Dame 5 p.m. Saturday, Husky Stadium, ESPN2. The Irish is 4-2 and will be coming off a bye week.