Sarkisian: 'I thought the Coliseum was dead'

Former USC assistant and Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian wasn't pleased with how his team played in a 40-17 loss to the Trojans on Saturday, but he also wasn't pleased with the atmosphere at USC's home stadium during the game.

Sarkisian said Monday afternoon on his weekly radio show on Seattle radio station KJR-950 that the Coliseum atmosphere on Saturday didn't measure up to where it had been during games in past years.

"I thought the Coliseum was dead," Sarkisian said. "I thought that was the worst atmosphere in that building. It felt like practice, (like) you could talk to people across the field.''

The Huskies struggled to get going on Saturday, falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter and 23-3 by halftime. Sarkisian said he noticed from the time they arrived at the Coliseum before the game that his players weren't as hyped up as usual.

"I felt a little lack of energy -- I've seen us more excited to play than we've been excited to play that Saturday," he said. "We usually get pretty jubilant when our buses pull up they get rocking, and our buses didn't get rocking, the coaches had to get us going.

"That's all part of motivating and we've got to do a better job.''

Washington plays Oregon State on the road this week and then closes out the regular season with an annual Apple Cup matchup against Washington State.