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Sark wraps up USC win on radio interview Thursday

Don't normally plug radio interviews, unless something relevant comes out of them. UW coach Steve Sarkisian was on a local radio show this morning, and was asked about certain points of the 32-31 win over USC:

• On Jake Locker's 8-yard quarterback keeper late in the game, Sarkisian said with Polk lined up behind him, and Jesse Callier coming from the right end, it was a "read play" for Locker, who called his own number.

Sarkisian said more than "50-50" of those types of plays are Locker's call.

The first-year coach said once the offense crossed the 50-yard line, he did not want to throw the ball, instead playing for a final Erik Folk field goal (which he got from 32 yards out).

• Sounds like Sarkisian was a minority in his own camp about choosing to let backup Keith Price throw a pass in his first significant career action. It paid off as Price threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Chris Izbicki early in the fourth quarter after Locker left with a blow to the head.

"I wanted Keith Price to know I believe in him," Sarkisian said during the interview.

• Apparently after Locker fumbled on that game-winning drive, and the ball was picked up by offensive tackle Cody Habben, when the television broadcast went to commercial, Sarkisian could be seen chewing out UW receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty.

Sarkisian said the issue was a personnel matter, and that sort of stuff should "be left on the field."

• On the defense, which has allows gobs of rushing yards, should it be this bad with guys such as Mason Foster and Nate Williams leading the way?

"We want 11 really good football players out there," he said, hinting that the team needs to address that in recruiting.

• Sarkisian admitted he watched the entire telecast from ESPN2 as soon as he got home Saturday night/early Sunday morning.