Game Analysis - UW/Oregon

In front of nearly 70,000 fans, the Huskies had chances to make plays, but couldn't overcome three turnovers and Oregon's speed, falling to their rivals to the south 34-17 in the final game at Husky Stadium before a $250 million renovation is completed in 2013. Here is a closer look at things and the staff's analysis of what they saw...

Turning Point/Key Play: 34-yard completion to David Paulson on third-and-nine. Washington, down just 24-17 and having forced Oregon into a third-and-nine from the Duck 31 yard line, had the crowd into the game and blitzed, but Paulson was able to come open in the secondary in front of S Will Shamburger and he rumbled for a 34-yard gain. Three plays later, RB DeAnthony Thomas went over from nine yards out and Oregon was able to go up 31-17, effectively taking the crowd out of the game and putting the game out of reach.

Offensive Player of the Game: WR Kasen Williams. It was hard to choose one since the offense had one of it's worst games of the season, but Williams, a freshman from Sammamish, posted six receptions for 79 yards and had a huge touchdown reception where he got a foot down and held onto the ball with a Duck defender hanging all over him to draw Washington within seven at 24-17.

Offensive Player of the Game Runner-Up: QB Nick Montana. The freshman signal-caller came in for Price for one play and all he did was find Williams for a 54-yard gain down the sideline, putting Washington in position to possibly make things interesting at the end. However, two drops, one by Jermaine Kearse and one by Kevin Smith, after Price returned deflated any hopes of coming back.

Defensive Player of the Game: LB John Timu. The freshman has had his struggles this season, but has started to play much better in the past few weeks and had a big night posting eight tackles, one tackle-for-loss and one forced fumble. Timu did have some missed tackles on the night, but overall he had a solid game.

Key Stat: Three turnovers. Washington turned the ball over twice on Price interceptions in the first half and then TE Michael Hartvigson, who earlier had hauled in his first touchdown pass, had the ball stripped by DB Terrance Mitchell who then returned the ball to Washington's 23. All three turnovers gave Oregon the ball deep in Husky territory.

Handouts to the standouts: Offensively Williams was the main guy, but RB Bishop Sankey was also good when he had the chance to touch the ball getting two carries for 21 yards including one that went for a first down in the third quarter that eventually led to Williams' touchdown. LB Cort Dennison posted 10 tackles and one tackle-for-loss; S Will Shamburger continued his solid play posting nine tackles and one pass break-up; DE Andrew Hudson had three tackles and a fumble recovery that led to a Washington field goal; LB Princeton Fuimaono hotched six tackles and a tackle-for-loss.

Needs work: Three things – Washington receivers continue to drop too many passes and, in a game of this magnitude, you cannot afford to waste opportunities to make plays; the Husky offensive line was run over and around by the Oregon defense and gave up six sacks and numerous hits on Price and didn't open the holes for Polk who only managed to rush for 80 yards against a team surrendering over 130 yards rushing per game; the tackling has to get fixed. Too many times, Washington had one of the Oregon runners bottled up, only to have him squirt through and gain more yardage or avoid losing yards. Top Stories