Game Analysis - UW/Nebraska

Washington put up a fight, but in the end some turnovers and questionable calls gave Nebraska a 51-38 win in Lincoln. takes a closer look at some of the key elements in Washington's loss and what they need to work on for the future...

Play of the Day/Turning Point: The Huskies were only down 10 points when freshman RB Bishop Sankey and WR Kevin Smith were sent back to return a kickoff. The reason that Sankey was in the game was because sophomore RB Jesse Callier left the game with a leg injury and, as fate would have it, the freshman from Spokane bobbled, then fumbled the kickoff and as Smith and Sankey tried to haul it back in, they knocked each other off the ball and Nebraska LB Matthew May recovered the ball on the one yard line where RB Rex Burkhead went in for a touchdown on the very next play to give the Cornhuskers a 34-17 lead.

Offensive Player of the Game: RB Chris Polk carried the ball 22 times for 130 yards and a touchdown and was the only consistent threat the Huskies had during the game.

Runner-up: WR James Johnson had a solid afternoon hauling in six receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns including a 52-yarder that gave Washington life late in the fourth quarter.

Defensive Player of the Game: S Justin Glenn was all over the place and totaled 15 tackles and one tackle-for-loss on the day. He also had a touchdown-saving tackle on Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah during a second-half kickoff that could have swung the game in the Cornhuskers' favor.

Runner-up: S Sean Parker was solid as well and notched 11 tackles on the day.

Key Stat: For the first time this year, Washington lost the turnover battle losing three and getting only one in return. The Huskies had forced several turnovers in punt coverage and again got a gift when Abullah muffed a punt at the 23 and it was recovered by Desmond Trufant, allowing the Huskies to go ahead for the first, and only, time in the game 14-10. Price threw an interception on Washington's second drive trying to force the ball into TE Austin-Seferian Jenkins and was picked off by LB Lavonte David at the Nebraska 13. Price was also picked on Washington's last possession as he tried to get the ball down the field to Jermaine Kearse who was double covered.

Handouts to the standouts: Price made some mistakes, but when you consider how banged up he was and still was able to manage a 21 for 37 night for 274 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, you have to tip your cap to him; Polk's 130 yards were tough seeing as his longest run was 25 yards; Johnson had his best game since his freshman season in 2009, posting six receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns; Glenn's 15 tackles were very much needed with a running quarterback like Taylor Martinez and he was solid most of the night; Parker played physically and flew around as well, totaling 11 tackles on the night; LB Cort Dennison who had ice on his shoulder and hand following the game totaled eight tackles and one of only two sacks during the game for the Huskies.

Needs work: Washington was dreadful on third down, both offensively and defensively, the first two weeks of the season, but they improved in both areas this week holding Nebraska to just 3 of 12 on the night while going 7 of 14 themselves. With that out of the way, now the Huskies must turn their attention to the gaping holes that Nebraska forced in their front seven, gashing the Dawgs for 306 yards rushing including 121 by Burkhead and 94 by Martinez. Burkhead got a majority of his yardage in the fourth quarter and that allowed the Cornhuskers to hold the ball for nearly 10 ½ minutes of the final quarter. Top Stories