Huskies trying to look ahead to Vegas, not back
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is completely done with what happened in
the Apple Cup, from Washington’s fourth-quarter meltdown to getting
hit by an unruly Washington State fan as spectators rushed the
field following the Cougars’ overtime victory.
His feelings were mirrored by the entire Washington program on
Monday, which finally has a chance to stop talking about blowing an
18-point fourth-quarter lead to its rivals and can start looking
ahead to the Dec. 22 Las Vegas Bowl, where they will face No. 20
”It is behind us honestly,” Seferian-Jenkins said Monday, the
first time Washington players have been available since the Apple
Cup loss. ”I dropped it after the next day. It’s upsetting that we
lost to our rival and the way we lost is unacceptable, but no one
is really hanging their head on it anymore. We are still playing
and that’s all that counts. We are still playing and we’ve got a
great opportunity against Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.”
Las Vegas is where the Huskies (7-5) wanted to go all along. But
that option was thrown into flux when Washington lost to rival
Washington State 31-28 in overtime on Nov. 23 and the Huskies were
stuck waiting to see how bowl selections would shake out.
Eventually, the Huskies got their wish when Arizona ended up in
the New Mexico Bowl and Arizona State went to San Francisco.
”They’re a great team and this is a great opportunity for us,”
Washington QB Keith Price said. ”Obviously, Vegas is a fun place
to be, but we’re out there for a football game and we’ll have time
to have fun but ultimately we’re out there to win a football
The Huskies’ 2012 season finale will be a preview of the 2013
season opener. Washington has heavily promoted opening renovated
Husky Stadium next Aug. 31 against the Broncos, part of a
home-and-home series that will see the Huskies play on Boise’s blue
turf in 2015.
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian sees the situation as a chance
to develop a mini-rivalry with the Broncos.
”Boise, they’ve been doing this for such an extended period of
time. They’ve been doing it year after year after year and so, for
our guys, this is just another opportunity to go play a great
football team that is really well-coached on a national stage,”
Sarkisian said. ” … It’s a really good matchup for both teams
and sets the stage for somewhat of an intriguing offseason for nine
months before the rematch here at Husky Stadium. I think it’s
While the entire Washington program would like to erase the
memory of the final quarter of the Apple Cup, it was especially
painful for Price, who threw a costly interception on the first
play of overtime. Price watched a replay of the game as soon as he
got to his apartment and said it was painful revisiting his
”This past week has been rough on the team. A lot of guys have
been down. Obviously, you don’t want to finish the season like that
but we have another chance to kind of redeem ourselves,” Price
As if losing to a rival wasn’t enough, there was also the video
that emerged after the Apple Cup that showed Seferian-Jenkins
getting punched by at least one fan and dropped to the turf as the
crowd rushed the field in the moments after Andrew Furney’s
game-winning kick. Seferian-Jenkins spoke to the media after the
game and said nothing about the incident.
Washington State officials have said they are reviewing policies
and trying to find the person.
For his part, Seferian-Jenkins wants the whole thing to go away.
He said Washington officials asked if he wanted to pursue the
situation and he told them to drop it.
”I told them not to pursue anything,” Seferian-Jenkins said.
”They asked me and I said, `No, it’s not worth it, it’s a waste of
time.’ Whoever that guy was, it’s not a big deal. I hope he was
probably intoxicated or something like that. I’m not really worried
about it. I’m over it. I think everybody else should be over it.
It’s not that big of a deal.”