Here's most of what coach Chris Petersen said after Washington's 37-13 victory over Oregon State on Saturday night at Husky Stadium.
(Opening statement) “I’ll just start by saying I’m just really proud of the guys. Really this whole week, they came back on Monday after a hard loss, and they didn’t flinch and they got better and we kind of thought they were getting better this week. They came out and played hard for the seniors, and, I think, also for our fans. And I’d really like to thank the fans for coming out and really energizing this crew and getting really one good, solid victory. It’s our last one for the season here at Husky Stadium, so thank you to the fans.”
(On senior night and playing well) “I think being back at home, senior night, I think all those things – I think it was really important to this team to play the best for the seniors, first and foremost. And also to get a win against a good Pac-12 team in the last game of the season at this stadium. And so I think that was important. I thought last week they played with tremendous energy as well. We didn’t get the end result, but they really did, and they carried it over. I think as a coach you’re just hoping as the season goes on, you feel like you’re on an upswing and you’re getting better. we played a heck of a team last week and Oregon State is really doing some good things here lately as well, knocking off Arizona State. We’re proud of our guys for coming out and competing hard tonight.”
(Looked like Cyler Miles was really efficient tonight) “I saw the same thing. I thought he was really efficient. He was very dialed in to where he was going with the ball. They do some good things, coverage-wise, to try to disguise some things, and he was seeing it very well and throwing it pretty accurate as well. I thought he was as comfortable as he’s been all season, as well.”
(On the long TD pass to Jaydon Mickens) “There’s not a ton that’s brand new. As the season has gone on and we’ve started to get some banked reps and things we’ve worked on for a long time, used them the last couple games. That is something he’s thrown a touchdown on before. It was good to get back to that. He saw it and threw a good ball and Jaydon made a nice play on it.”
(On Andrew Hudson getting a sack in his final play at Husky Stadium) “That guy … I don’t know what to say about him, in terms of … he was heading out of here. One, just a great guy to be around. He may have been the most positive guy that I’ve been around on our team, and we’ve got a couple of those guys. Energy every day, every game, and really got better the whole entire season. It’s really nice when people deserve that, to kind of get their due, and it was awesome to see that.”
(On Travis Feeney’s interception as a turning point) “I think so. They were starting to get a little mojo, defense swelled up, Travis is a tall, long guy, makes another nice pick and changed the mojo for us in a hurry. A little frustrating early on. We’re kicking field goals. Kind of thought we kicked too many field goals. I think we ended up a field goal on that one as well. But still, it could have been a 10-point swing there, just by getting that field goal and holding them out.
(On players bouncing back from Arizona game) “Sometimes the kids are more resilient than the coaches and fans. I really liked everything about the last week. I thought they played as hard as they possibly could play and made a lot of plays against a really good team. We just didn’t have the result that we wanted. I felt before the game it was good, during the game it was great, and in the locker room it was as painful as it could possibly be – in the right way. And then by Monday they were back, and they were back to work. They really did. They worked all week and it showed up here on Saturday.”
(On Danny Shelton pretending to shoot arrows during timeouts) “Hey, as long as he keeps making plays like he does and clogs up that middle … I think it’s good that those guys have fun. I thought they had fun tonight. I think after a while, you lose some hard-fought games, some close games, I think the walls can kind of close in on you. I think they played the game the way it was supposed to be played.”
(On Darrell Daniels’ first TD catch) “I think when we can make big plays, first and foremost, it’s a spark for the team. I think it’s good for him to kind of spark himself, because he does have a lot of talent. You can see that. He can really run. That was really nice to see that happen. I thought it was a heck of a call by Jonathan Smith, I really did. It was a good call and I thought he called a really good game.”
(On OSU’s big passing plays) “I thought the one coming out of our end zone was a tough one to give up, the deep one that he just launched when they were throwing out. I think we’ve got to have a little more awareness than that. Other than that, I thought our guys played pretty good. That’s one heck of a quarterback with some pretty darn good receivers, and they’re going to get some plays on you. They’re too good to just shut them out. So I thought we contained them well. I’d love to have that one out of the end zone back. But other than that, I thought they played pretty good.”