Defenses thought it was still Christmas
The 2011 Valero Alamo Bowl was one for the highlight reels. The Washington Huskies and Baylor Bears went back and forth in one of the most entertaining football games I have ever seen in my life.
They set multiple NCAA records in the game in the mass amount of scoring and lack of defense.
In the game, the two teams set the FCS record for Total Combined Yards in a game (1,397) and Total Combined Touchdowns (17) while almost eclipsing the Combined Points in a Game with a total of 123 points score in the game.
It was one for the books, that’s for sure. Another thing to be sure of…there was lots to love and lots to hate.
While the world is going gaga over Robert Griffin III, one of the best performances in bowl game history will be blatantly overlooked. Keith Price played lights out in this game, surpassing RG3 in every positive stat in this game.
He has shown Husky nation what they have to look forward to for at least another season and showed the world that he has what it takes to carry this team to whatever promised land they end up in.
Price can run and pass as well as any quarterback and he showed last night that he can earn himself more time and space by extending plays and completing them with positive yardage.
Price was 23/37 for 438 yards, 4 touchdowns and NO interceptions. He also rushed the ball 5 times for 39 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Baby Beast Mode didn’t rack up as many yards as he would have liked, but he rumbled his way through the Baylor defense in this game. He had 147 yards on 30 attempts and a touchdown, but earned every yard of that total.
His physical run style is one of the best things about him.
He fell less than 100 yards short of breaking Napoleon Kaufman’s career yardage record at UW this season.
Whether Polk comes back for his senior season or decides to go pro, he will be a force to be reckoned with on either level.
It was the final game of the UW careers of Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar. They both played exceptionally. Kearse was the benefactor of the huge passes downfield from Price while Aguilar snuck his way through the defense and found open lanes where Price hit him with bullets.
Throughout this season, they have been go-t0 guys and have been clutch in most situations just like they were against Baylor.
Kearse finished the game with 5 catches for 98 yards and a touchdown while Aguilar finished with 5 catches for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns.
At the end of the game, when Washington still had a slight chance to make any sort of comeback, Danny Shelton – 6’1″ 334 lb DT – stole a pooch kick from one of the backs and did his best Mason Foster impression.
It failed hard, though, as he ended up fumbling the ball and turning it over to essentially end the game.
While he was pretty athletic on the play, it was just plain stupid to steal the ball from someone whose specialty is to carry the ball and it was dumb of him to not just go down and make the second effort off the pile.
Bonehead play by a freshman that cost the Dawgs a chance at any sort of comeback.
I’m fine with Baylor’s lack of defense, but it is inexcusable for the Huskies to play doormat, too. (Like my double standard, there?)
The interior line were like turnstyles for the Baylor running backs as they allowed THREE Baylor RB’s to gain more than 100 yards in the game. In fact, on Terrance Gannaway’s 2 long touchdowns, he wasn’t touched a single time. Yes, I said it. Not…..once.
They allowed Gannaway alone to rush for 200 yards and score 5 touchdowns.
Quinton Richardson was useless as usual as most coverage mistakes were pointed out by Richardson chasing his coverage assignment rather than staying with them.
The defense as a whole allowed 777 total yards by Baylor.
Husky defensive coaches
Not just Nick Holt.
The whole lot of em.
If I were Coach Sark, I would’ve used my post-game press conference to publicly fire each and every one of the defensive coaches and Holt.
The defense couldn’t tackle, stop the run, or stop the pass to save their lives.
They couldn’t make a single key stop toward the end of the game to help swing the momentum in the Huskies favor.
It has been like that for most of the season as well. The Alamo Bowl was the frustrating culmination of the whole season’s inadequacies all combined into one terrible effort by the lackluster Husky defense.
Word on the street though is that safeties coach Jeff Mills and defensive co-ordinator Nick Holt have both been let go. We’ll report more on the UW blog when we know more.