Washington vs. Stanford Postgame Notes and Quotes
Nov. 3, 2001
Washington extended its home win streak to 13 games, longest in the Pac-10. The Huskies' three-game overall winning streak is also the longest active streak in the Pac-10, as is their three-game win streak in conference games.
With the win, the Huskies have won the last 11 games at home versus the Cardinal, dating back to a 24-21 loss in 1975. The UW moves to 38-32-4 all-time against Stanford, including a 19-2 record over the two schools' last 21 meetings (last UW loss 43-31 in 1994 at Stanford).
Husky tailback Willie Hurst's three rushing touchdowns is a career high and ties as the fourth-most by a UW player in a game in school history. It is also the most by a UW player since Corey Dillon had three versus Washington State in 1996 ... Washington's five rushing touchdowns are the most in a game for the UW in 2001, and the most since the UW had six against Utah State on October 10,1998.
After trailing by a field goal early in the first quarter, Washington has had to come from behind in 19 of its 25 wins under Coach Rick Neuheisel.
With his first reception of the game in the second quarter, UW freshman wide receiver Reggie Williams set a Husky freshman record for most receptions in a season, passing Paul Skansi who set the old mark of 32 in 1979. Williams, who now has 34 receptions this year, also owns the UW record for most receiving yards by a freshman with 636.
Cody Pickett's 43-yard pass completion to Reggie Williams and his 47-yarder to Paul Arnold are the Huskies' 15th and 16th pass completions of 30 yards or more this season. Williams has now been on the receiving end of six such passes, while Arnold has caught four of them.
Stanford running back Brian Allen's 80-yard rush for a touchdown in the third quarter was the longest of his career and the longest run for the Cardinal this season. Allen's 80-yard run ties as the eighth longest in Stanford school history and is his team's longest run from scrimmage since Casey Moore's 94-yard scamper versus California in 1999.
UW's Rich Alexis' fumble with 9:24 left in the third quarter is the first fumble lost by a Husky running back this season. Stanford, however, failed to convert the takeaway into any points, as place kicker Mike Biselli missed on a 47-yard field goal. Biselli was set to make up for the miss after another Husky fumble, but a fumbled snap spoiled his attempt. UW opponents have managed to convert just four of the Huskies' 15 turnovers into points.
UW tailback Willie Hurst moved up in the Husky career record books in two categories following today's game. Hurst's 108 yards rushing, moved him into eighth place in Husky history for career yards rushing with 1,938, passing Toussaint Tyler's mark of 1,898 yards. Hurst also added his 22nd, 23rd and 24th career rushing touchdowns to move from eighth into a tie for fifth in that category, tying Jacque Robinson (1981-84) and passing both Corey Dillon and Greg Lewis, who each had 22 career rushing TD's.
With a 1-for-4 effort by Stanford today, Washington opponents are just 3-for-9 (33 percent) on fourth down conversions, while the Huskies remain at 8-for-9 (89 percent) in such circumstances.
Both UW running back Willie Hurst and Stanford RB Brian Allen have now rushed for 100 yards or more in a game three times this season. Hurst finished with 108 yards rushing, while Allen recorded 138 yards. The Huskies are 153-34-3 all-time when a UW player rushes for more than 100 yards in a game, and it was Hurst's sixth career game with 100 yards or more.
With Ken Walker's touchdown in the first quarter, Washington has not been shutout in the last 236 consecutive games. The last time the UW was shutout was Nov. 7, 1981, versus UCLA. The Huskies also have scored in each of the last 158 Pac-10 games, the second-longest active streak in the conference.
Other Career notes: With 138 yards rushing, Stanford RB Brian Allen moved from eighth to sixth place in Cardinal history for career yards rushing with 1,879, passing Ray Handley (1,768) and Tommy Vardell (1,789) ... with his first quarter touchdown, Stanford running back Kerry Carter moved into a tie for fourth place in school history for career rushing touchdowns with 21, tying Mike Mitchell (1993-97) ... UW flanker Todd Elstrom moved from 11th into a tie for 10th with Darryl Franklin in career receptions with 92.
Career bests: Stanford wide receiver Teyo Johnson's 50-yard reception is the second quarter was a career long, beating his previous best of 34 yards set earlier this season.
Career firsts: UW senior fullback Ken Walker scored the first touchdown of his career at the 5:24 mark in the first quarter.
Postgame QuotesWashington Head Coach Rick Neuheisel
General Remarks: 'I am really excited with the victory, given the caliber of opponent and the magnitude of the game. It was a hard-fought game. The fourth quarter really could have gone either way. Somehow, some way, we came up with some big, big plays down the stretch. It's been that way for our football team for a long time now. I am honored and privileged to be a part of this. These kids fight, they play, they do every thing you ask them to do. They play with passion. I have said it many times, there is passion in the program. It existed long before I got here. I am thrilled with the victory, thrilled with the performances. I mentioned to the team prior to the game that whether you are having a great season, or having a good team, it is almost always true that some people have to come to the fore that you weren't counting on. Certainly we are having those kind of performances from players this season - guys who were hopeful to participate and contribute, but who are now coming through in big ways.'
On Simba Hodari, injured Stanford player: 'He was moving his extremities on the field, which was a great sign. Given the situation with Curtis, he was in better shape than that. It was almost errie that it was almost the same point in the third quarter that it happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and teammates. I have a great deal of respect for coach Willingham in the way he handled the situation with Curtis. He came to the hospital. He wanted to be as helpful as humanly possible.'
On overall performance of Pat Reddick: 'He has played really, really big for us. Today when we lost two receivers to injury - Reggie Williams and Wilbur Hooks - Pat Reddick was there at a critical third down in the fourth quarter.'
On overall performance of Kevin Ware: 'Kevin Ware was player of the game last week. Today when we were in critical situations, when he's gotta catch the ball, he hangs in to get us back inside the five. That is what makes coaching special, is to watch kids evolve. They find out things that they didn't believe, but that they can play in the big time and they can make the plays that they always thought possible. To that kind of look on their face, that's what makes it all worth it.'
On position coming into last few games of season: 'We like our position. I don't know what is going on elsewhere, but we've still got a chance and that is all I can ask for in the month of November. I am looking forward to the Oregon State game. They are a capable team that has a great coaching staff. We are happy to get back to work as quickly as possible to play a good game next week.'
On play of offense today: 'We were able to run the ball really well. We had the option going and Cody took kind of a hit on a touchdown. Given our situation, we didn't go back to that play. We were able to manufacture at the end and put ourselves in the lead.'
On comparing playing style of Willie Hurst and Rich Alexis: 'He (Willie) is very experienced. With Rich's success a year ago, kind of bursting onto the scene as this freshman from Florida, it was going to be a kind of a foregone conclusion that Willie was going to step aside and watch the phenom go. I think kind of lost in all that was that we had Marques and our offense was very option-oriented. This year, with injury, options haven't been the focal point of our running game. So now you go back to inside blocking schemes that requires a tailback that has a lot of experience in reading blocks and knowing how to set blocks up. We think Rich Alexis is going to be fantastic, but remember he has only played one year of high school football and now this is his second year of college football. There is still a huge, huge amount for him to learn as he develops into what we think will be a premier tailback. The other nice thing is that Willie and Rich are best of friends, so we have a nice little duo. I guarantee you at season's conclusion, Rich will take all those tapes and watch all year and we will have us another great tailback and star in the years to come.'
On national title hunt: I told the team not to fall prey to that. We found out a year ago that we have no control over any of that stuff. We just take care of our own business. Our business is with Oregon State. Teams sometimes get caught up in what might be, instead of taking care of what needs to be done. We played well today and I am excited we won, but we've got things to fix.'
On Kevin Ware: 'I said many things to Kevin Ware today about how proud I was of him. As my old coach used to say, 'players are like flowers, they don't all bloom at the same time.' You have these guys who come in with these great reputations, they don't necessarily just blossom. He made the big play when he needed to make the big play, that was just awesome. Kevin Ware is the same guy who bobbled the ball at UCLA, but instead of putting his head down, he's gotten better since that time.'
Washington Player Quotes
QUARTERBACK CODY PICKETT
On on the offense: 'We played decent but we had lots of mistakes. Hopefully we can look at the film and get them fixed for next week.'
On the passing game: 'We did all right. There were lots of things that we missed and lots of things that we have to get better at but hopefully we will get them fixed by next week.'
On his shoulder: 'It is still pretty sore right now but it will be better by next week.'
On his performance: 'I had lots of mistakes. There are balls that I wish I could have back but I am just glad that we got the win.'
SAFETY GREG CAROTHERS
On the victory: 'It is a big win, but all of the games in November are going to be big wins from here on out.'
On the play of the defense: 'I think the defense played good, but we need to fix a lot of things. It feels like we missed a few tackles. We will see when we look at the film. I personally feel like I missed a few tackles and that is something that we are going to have to get rid of.'
On the injury to Simba Hodari: 'I think everyone on our sideline was scared. When he went down like that, having seen the same thing last year, everybody was praying to God that he would get up. You don't wish that on anybody. You want to be aggressive and hit people, but you don't want those types of things to happen to people.'
WIDE RECEIVER TODD ELSTROM
On the play of the offense: 'We did fairly well. I thought we did a good job establishing the running game, especially because Stanford is known for their run defense. Willie had a big game, our line played great and we came out with a huge win.'
On his performance: 'I felt like I played okay - not exceptionally well, but not horrible. There is definitely room for improvement.'
WIDE RECEIVER REGGIE WILLIAMS
On his injury: 'Oh, its cool. It is just a little bruise, and it is a little bit tight right now but I will be ready to play on Monday.'
On how the injury happened: 'I think I landed on someone's knee or helmet when I scored.'
DEFENSIVE TACKLE LARRY TRIPPLETT
On the play of the defense: 'I think that we have a little bit of improving to do. I think that we shut them down at times but they did have that long run. I think that we have to come out and have a better week next week.'
On the injury to Simba Hodari: 'It brought back all kinds of bad memories, We were just sitting there praying for him and thank God the injury is not as bad as what happened to Curtis. We are just going to keep on praying for safety when we are playing this game of football.'
On his performance: 'I took care of my responsibilities and that is important. I did take a lot of double teams but I did my job. Playing in a game like this, you have to make sure that you do your job and I feel good about that.'
Stanford Head Coach Tyrone Willingham Quotes
On Simba Hodari: 'He is doing OK. At this time they will keep observation of him to see how he is doing. Once we have exhausted all of the examinations then we will be able to tell you very accurately what happened and his condition.'
On the teams' morale: 'It is always a difficult question to answer, how the team is doing, because we went through a very similar situation last year as you know. I don't know if it distracts you or brings you closer together. We know that is an unfortunate circumstance that know of want to see.'
On last offensive possession: 'We were trying to evaluate exactly whether to keep going and how much time would be on the clock if things worked or didn't work. Initially we looked at it and we thought there would be enough time, and after reconsidering felt that it was not enough time. The mistake their on my part was just that we exhausted the time out. In my opinion that was the real killer, probably more than the decision to go or not to go.'
On Allen's running: 'Brian has always been a big force for us. He is a very fine back and he created some things and the offensive line created some seams for him to run. He did some very good things running the football.'
On Carter's absence: 'There are different aspects of the game that Allen and Carter attack. By losing Kerry some of things we may have been able to do with his big body in the red zone or some other places that might have helped us out might have been a benefit to us. Brian still did a great job and really carried the bulk of the load.'
On Lewis during the last three games: 'He is doing some outstanding things but we like to measure in our program our wins and losses. Obviously we all fell short today. '
On the past three games and Pac-10 Conference: 'I can probably safely address that the conference for us was one heck of conference. It was no surprise that the last three teams we have played are very good football teams, as we consider ourselves a good football team. Unfortunately we knew all of that before the season started.'
On goals of the season: 'This game does affect the things that we started the season off believing we could accomplish. In this conference it is almost a rarity that a team wins the conference title with two losses and the last time I checked we have two losses. That goal is probably removed from our list of things to accomplish.'
On controlling the clock: 'You have to look at whether the score had an impact on things we thought we could do but I think for the most part we stayed very consistent throughout the game mixing our run and pass. It comes down to execution and being able to control the clock. '
On fourth downs: 'The question is whether to go for the long field goal or do you punt. Looking at those situations you're in between whether you feel which one would be the most effective. If it is punt and you gain 10-15 yards than maybe it is worth the risk to go for it on fourth downs in those situations. That is something we believe is very aggressive offensively and something we need to do. It is not a real stretch or frustration trying to execute in that particular situation. '
On UW's ability to move the ball: 'When I checked UW was not very effective running the football. Early in the ball game they did a great job of in executing their option attack and gaining some yardage. They were still at some point limited in terms of their rushing yardage. The last two drives may have added to that. Particularly the last run added to that. Our guys did a good job in defending UW's run game.'
On the 28-28 tie: 'UW is a good football team and they are going to do some things right. We believe that we are good and we tried to counter, but sometimes you are not able to counter as well as you like to. We would have loved to have gotten a stop there. Our guys probably did their best to stop it but sometimes the execution just fell a little bit short. UW did a better job than we did in stepping up and making there critical plays in order to win the game.'
Stanford Player Quotes
WIDE RECEIVER TEYO JOHNSON
On the crowd: 'You really see what they mean by the twelfth man. We had a similar situation at Oregon but I think it was a little louder down there. It really didn't affect us as far as play-calling goes, but it was nice to be in that type of environment.'
On the offensive struggles: 'The defense created a lot of turnovers in Washington's territory and we were needed to put the ball in the endzone, but we couldn't do it. Two missed field goals, fourth-down conversions didn't happen, if they had this might have been a different story. We have a lot of character, but not to take anything away from Washington, they are a great team. But we feel like we beat ourselves today. We had a lot of opportunities, but we could not capitalize on them today.'
On the conference race: 'We don't want to be in a position where we have to rely on someone else to win a game for us. We want to go out there and win all of our games. We are disappointed, but we are the kind of team to bounce back and forget about the loss and concentrate on Arizona tomorrow.'
On tying the score 28-28: 'We definitely thought we had the momentum. We thought we were starting to come back at that point, finally starting to capitalize on our opportunities. Washington is a great fourth quarter team, we talked about that all week, and they proved that today.'
On the injury to Simba Hodari: 'It was emotionally draining. This is a very tight-knit team and when one of your brothers goes down, it is draining. I think we did come back and came back well. He is okay and that is the main thing. It really makes you realize that there are more important things than football.'
On the final fourth down play: 'I guess Chris had pressure and he threw it up to me, but it was not the designed play. I needed to make that play, but I didn't. They brought two men over to guard me and if I had gotten my feet under me more I might have got it. But it really shouldn't come down to that, we need to capitalize.'
On Washington's defense: I'd have to say they are the best defensive team we have faced. That was the main difference because they kept us below 30 points. They had a good game plan for us and we didn't capitalize. They made just made plays when they needed to.'
QUARTERBACK CHRIS LEWIS
On Washington's defense: 'I would have to agree with Teyo that they are the best defense we have faced. They are very quick, they move around very well, and they are tenacious. They love to hit you, but they are nice guys out there because I get a pat on the helmet every time they hit me. It is a game that we made too many mistakes and didn't make plays when we needed to.'
On the offense: 'It was more than frustrating. We have a great offense and we need to show people that. When we are in the redzone and can't score that doesn't say much about your offense. We need to make plays.'
On looking for Teyo: 'I can't get locked in to Teyo. He is a champion and will make plays when you need it. I have all these other guys too and if I get locked into him, teams will double-team him all the time. My job is to spread the ball out because we have play-makers across the board.'
On Washington's pressure on fourth down: 'It was big. If I had one more second to throw, I could have seen Luke coming across the field. The quick pressure that I got, I gave Teyo a chance and their defense came up with a big play.'
FREE SAFETY TANK WILLIAMS
On Hodari: 'It was real tough. When you see your brother go down like that, you don't know if he is moving or what he is going through. You've just got to pray and hope he is okay. You can't help but think about it during the rest of the game, but you have to refocus and keep playing.'
On the defense: 'It all boils down to execution. We know what we have to do out there and we didn't execute on critical plays during the drives. Washington was able to capitalize on our mistakes and put the ball in the endzone.'