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Las Vegas Maaco Bowl Analysis: Dawgs lose a tough one to Boise St.

Washington Lose 28-26

A hard-fought game where the UW Huskies rallied admirably from being down ended ingloriously in a typical Keith Price interception for a loss.

Ugh.

Let’s break down the game heading into next season.

Love ‘Em

Bishop Sankey

Bishop Sankey went from being Chris Polk’s backup no one knew, to being one of the best running backs in the Pac-12. His acceleration, breakaway speed, field vision, and ability to shed tackles are all game breaking.

He should get some major buzz heading into next season and he deserves it, with 205 rushing yards and one touchdown in the game, in addition to 74 receiving yards.

He produced his biggest performance of the year and was the sole reason the Huskies stayed in the game. An outstanding season.

KW2/ASJ

Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins share a Love’ Em from this game. Both have improved exponentially this season and had exceptional games against Boise State. Williams had six catches for 95 yards, and Seferian-Jenkins had six as well for 61 yards and a touchdown.

ASJ is a lock NFL prospect and Williams could be headed that way with another solid season.

Two of UW’s most important offensive players heading into next season.

Blocked PAT’s

Danny Shelton’s blocked extra point was a much needed boost for the Huskies and a rare moment of glory for an unexceptional UW special teams unit.

Hate ‘Em

Keith Price

There’s nothing more to say. Keith Price never consistently recaptured his breakout 2011 form.

Keith Price

Keith Price never consistently recaptured his breakout 2011 form.

His poor decision making sank the Huskies multiple times this season. All I’m going to say is that the starting quarterback position is up for grabs. Cyler Miles and Jeff Linquist, redshirt freshman this year, should be contending.

The Defensive Line

Washington’s defensive line, much like the offensive line, is extremely young. Both were consistent question marks during the season, but the defensive line largely let us down today. Joe Southwick had all day in the pocket and leisurely completed perfect throws.

Even when pressured, he consistently ran around the linemen and made multiple plays with his legs.

Southwick is a great athlete and deserves some credit, but the defensive line didn’t put enough pressure on him.

Isolation Deep Defense

The vast improvements Justin Wilcox has made to this team are indisputable, but I have a bone to pick with one specific aspect of today’s scheme. Wilcox left his cornerbacks on islands throughout the game and created one-on-one situations.

This isn’t necessarily a bad gameplan, but redshirt freshman Marcus Peters was mismatched and frequently beat deep.

Boise State made a point of throwing at him, and he couldn’t handle the isolation situations. Wilcox never changed his defense, even though BSU was taking advantage of Peters.

It was an up and down season for the Huskies. Their were great victories, and heartbreaking losses. Coming back next season, the Huskies return almost all of their offensive skill players and most of the secondary. The offensive and defensive lines will have gained some much-needed experience as well.

The only question mark is at quarterback.

Despite a tough loss in Vegas to end the year, Washington could have had a worse season and is primed for next year.

Woof Woof.

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