Well that wasn’t pretty
The Washington Huskies headed just south to Eugene, Oregon to take on their biggest out of state rival Ducks. Coming off a huge upset victory over Stanford and a top 25 ranking, the Huskies went into the game with confidence and swagger. That all ended quickly when the Ducks took a quick lead on the Huskies and never looked back.
After a strong performance over Stanford and then again this week against Oregon, running back Bishop Sankey may be that guy this year. If he continue to rack up yards and touchdowns against these Pac-12 giants, he may be making a case as a legitimate threat.
Let’s get over the lovey dovey stuff and start picking on people, shall we?
Keith Price can’t be blamed for errors very often. This week, though, did not help his credibility one bit. Price actually had lots of time to pass the ball and did not use it well. He had a few smart plays, like throwing the ball away when he was in trouble, but he missed several guys and made several poor passes in this contest.
The biggest miscue of Price’s was the first interception he threw. He threw the ball short of his receiver and Oregon made him pay with an interception returned for a touchdown. Watching the game, even I saw what was about to happen and shouted at my tv, “Noooooooo!! Pick 6!!” Sure enough, Avery Patterson snatched it right before the receiver caught it and went unabated to the endzone.
Price also made some poor choices on which receiver to go to. He used Cody Bruns effectively, but did not even give Austin Seferian-Jenkins or Kasen Williams chances to make plays. They are playmakers for a reason, Keith, c’mon man.
Ghosts of Quentin Richardson
If you read my stuff last season, you would know my disdain for ex-Husky Quentin Richardson. His lack of pass coverage and terrible tackling killed the Huskies last year and it cost the team lots and lots of points with that liability on the field.
Watching the Huskies try to tackle Oregon running backs was a scary memory of last season that I was hoping to never re-visit. Nonetheless, it has to be addressed.
If this Husky team wants to arm tackle people and not square up and hit them, they will be burned like they were against Oregon every single time.
The team as a whole needs to work on ball control. Marvin Hall fumbled twice, both costly turnovers that went in Oregon’s favor. Pio Vatuvei turned another ball over on the 4th down and 1 conversion attempt. And then Keith Price and his 2 fumbles.
Price made a great decision and great play in scrambling for the first down, but did not secure the ball and had it knocked out as he was getting past the first down. The turnover killed the momentum the Huskies had and coincidentally was the last real momentum the team had gained all game long.
Last on the ball security checklist is DiAndre Campbell. Keith Price threw a perfect pass to him on the 3 yard line, but Campbell either didn’t see the ball or couldn’t handle it, but the ball bounced off his facemask, into the air, and was up for grabs for a free Oregon interception.
The Oregon rush attack was in full force and we all knew the Huskies were going to have their hands full as it was. But then the Huskies laid off Marcus Mariota and let him run on them, too. The Huskies were so ill-prepared to stop the run that they couldn’t even contain the quarterback.
Tied in with that is the aforementioned poor tackling issues where we saw DeAnthony Thomas, Kenjon Barner, and even freshman Byron Marshall run down the field, mostly untouched by the Husky defenders.
Going into USC next week, the Huskies have a lot to work on. They better work quickly, too, because despite USC not looking as strong as everyone thought, they are STILL a powerhouse and a serious force to be reckoned with. With the game being at home, hopefully the Huskies will pull put an inspired win like they did against Stanford.
Until next week, Go Dawgs!