Arizona Routs Dawgs 52-17.
The Arizona Wildcats and the Washington Huskies both entered Saturday night’s game needing a victory, but unfortunately for fans in the Pacific Northwest, the team from the desert escaped with the win.
Like most matchups each week, it wasn’t all bad for the Huskies; but with a final score of 52-17 in the Wildcats’ favor, it’s clear that the Dawgs just couldn’t keep up.
A nagging ankle injury would slow down you, me, and most mortals, but it doesn’t seem to have impacted Austin Seferian-Jenkins much.
Most things don’t seem to slow down ASJ though—like defenders. Seferian-Jenkins caught eight balls for 110 yards and one touchdown. He creates mismatches every time he steps onto the field and continues to be Price’s first option.
Bishop Sankey rushed for 87 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries; no small achievement given the Huskies’s lack of an offensive line. He continues to impress this season.
It’s good the running game isn’t as big of a problem as it looked like was going to be. Mostly because we have plenty of other problems.
One more brutal matchup against eighth-ranked Oregon State University at home, and then Washington will have completed the hard part of its schedule.
This was our first loss against a team that hadn’t been ranked in the top 10 at some point. That illustrates the ridiculous intensity of the Pac-12. After next Saturday, our schedule is (relatively) smooth sailing.
Road Game Failures
The knives were out after this game, and “Fire Sark” comments have been in the air. Whether or not it’s too soon to consider that is debatable, but here’s a cold statistic: the Huskies are 4-15 on the road under Sark.
We play in one of the toughest conferences in the nation, but that’s simply unacceptable.
The less noticed little brother of offense and defense, special teams are nevertheless an underrated part of a good team. Ours were disappointing Saturday.
Richard Morrison’s 63-yard punt return for a touchdown for Arizona made the Husky punting squad look like they were running the wrong way. The Huskies were hanging tough heading into the second half, but the punt return and another touchdown pass from Matt Scott put the game out of reach.
Step it up, special teams.
The Price is Right?
Keith Price has gone from a Heisman hopeful to a Pac-12 punchline. He threw for 256 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions with 29 of 52 completions. He is currently ranked 12th in the Pac-12 in quarterback rating, behind both the starting and second-string quarterbacks at WSU.
I could throw out more unfortunate statistics, but the point is, Keith Price isn’t playing anywhere close to the level he was at last year.
The question is, how much of the fault is his? The Huskies lost a star running back and multiple starting wide receivers. All of the main offensive options are sophomores and our offensive line has lost multiple starters to injury.
How much of the offense’s struggles can be chalked up to Price? As of right now, I will reserve judgement until after the Cal game.
There’s no getting around the fact that this was a comprehensive and disappointing loss, and it doesn’t get any easier with eighth-ranked Oregon State coming to town.
While the Huskies will be heavy underdogs, it’s important to keep our heads up and be realistic about the difficulty of our schedule.