On Saturday night Washington lost to Oregon in their last game at Husky Stadium before it goes under a $250 million renovation.
The Huskies lost to the Ducks for the 8th straight time.
Here are 5 reasons the Huskies lost to the Ducks.
The Huskies had 3 turnovers in the game and they were costly, as the Ducks had 14 points off the turnovers. UW QB Keith Price was picked off twice in the first half and TE Michael Hartvigson was stripped of the ball late in the 3rd quarter.
2. UW could not stop Oregon on a HUGE 3rd down in the 3rd quarter
Husky Stadium was rocking, as the home crowd was really making some noise after UW pulled within 7 points with 8:33 left in the 3rd quarter.
On the Ducks’ ensuing drive they had a 3rd and 9 on their 31-yard line and the Huskies blitzed, but the Oregon O-line picked it up and QB Darron Thomas found TE David Paulson for a 34-yard gain to silence the crowd.
Oregon went on to score on the drive and that seemed to take the wind out of the sails of Washington.
3. The UW defense could not contain LaMichael James
James rushed for 156 yards with 1 TD and it was his first 100+ yard game since injuring his elbow a few weeks back.
4. 3rd quarter defensive lapse
UW was not playing bad on defense until the 3rd quarter when Oregon scored 17 points and gained 194 yards. The team started to look really tired, and you could see the Oregon depth was taking its toll on the young Huskies D.
5. Oregon’s defense stepped up
I was very surprised by this, but I was impressed. The Ducks’ defense has struggled this season, but in the win over the Huskies they held UW to only 278 total yards of offense.
Washington QB Keith Price was 24/35 with a TD, but he only averaged a paltry 4.1 yards per completion, was picked off twice, and was sacked 6 times.
The Ducks’ defense really played well against UW star RB Chris Polk, who did rush for 80 yards, but only averaged 3.3 yards per carry.
The Ducks did allow Nick Montana to complete a 50 yard pass play though, I’m sure Joe had a big smile on his face for this one! LOL
On a sad note…Good bye Husky stadium, you will be missed.
Next Up: Things do not get any easier for Washington, as next week they face a USC team in La La Land. A USC team that is coming off a blowout win over Colorado on Thursday and almost upset Stanford a couple weeks back losing in OT.