University of Washington Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian took the 41-3 smashing at the hands of the LSU Tigers just as hard as his players did.
"It makes me want to puke, honestly," he said. "That's how I felt the last 48 hours."
The Huskies opened the season with high expectations and talk of bowl games. But a lackluster home opener 21-12 win over San Diego State combined with Saturday's thrashing leaves the 1-1 Huskies a bit ego-battered.
Sarkisian said his team is "focusing on the healing process," as the team prepares for a home game against Portland State on Saturday, Sept. 15. Sark's goal for the weekend? Just walk out alive. The Huskies lost tackle Eric Kohler to a knee injury in the LSU game, and he was just one name amongst the walking wounded for the Huskies.
Safety Will Shamburger left the game with a cut above the eye, wide receiver Jaydon Mickens has a case of turf toe, wide receiver Kevin Smith injured his knee and linebacker Travis Feeney injured his shoulder.
"Our goal Saturday is to walk off the field feeling good," Sarkisian said. "This is week is totally about us, no offense to Portland State. I don't like the feeling I've had the last couple of weeks."
After the game against Portland State, the Huskies approach a brutal three game stretch that will test the mettle of the team. The Huskies have a Sept. 27 home matchup against No. 21 Stanford, Oct. 6 vs. No. 4 Oregon and close it out with an Oct. 13 game at home against No. 2 USC.
"I think we're a talented team that hasn't played up to its capabilities," Sarkisian said. "The most disappointing thing is we haven't done better than this right now."
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