Game Analysis - UW/Oregon State

It was an ugly performance all the way around for the Huskies as they failed to beat a team that was 2-8 entering the game, falling to Oregon State 38-21 in Corvallis...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drop. Washington, down 17-14 midway through the fourth quarter, faced a 2nd and 6 from their own 22 and, after evading an on-coming pass-rusher, QB Nick Montana found a wide open, by 30 yards, Seferian-Jenkins who had had a big day catching the ball and the freshman from Gig Harbor dropped the pass. If he hadn't scored, Seferian-Jenkins would have least taken the ball deep into Oregon State territory and given Washington a chance to either tie the game or go ahead and it would have been a completely different game.

Runner-up: Keith Price intercepted at the OSU 1 yard line. After Montana proved ineffective in the third quarter, Price came in and drove the team down for a touchdown, bringing the score within 10 at 31-21 and on the ensuing kickoff, RB Jesse Callier hit Oregon State returner Brandin Cooks, forcing a fumble that was recovered by RB Cole Sager. On the ensuing play, Price, trying to hit Kasen Williams on a double-move for a touchdown, was picked off on a great play by CB Ryan Murphy.

Offensive Player of the Game: RB Chris Polk. Polk got 25 carries for 109 yards, but most of that was accrued in the first three quarters as the Huskies were playing from behind and passed the ball on most of the plays late in the game. Defensive Player of the Game: LB Cort Dennison. This is by default as there really wasn't one player who played well defensively. Dennison racked up 11 tackles on the and generally was in position to make plays whereas a lot of his teammates were either fooled, over-pursued or generally were out of position.

Key Stat: Where else, but on defense? Washington allowed 145 yards on the ground to a team that has been inept running the ball all season. The Huskies also allowed 484 yards of offense to the Beavers and allowed them to convert 8 of 14 third downs and they were also 2 of 2 on fourth-down conversions.

Handouts to the standouts: Seferaian-Jenkins, other than his drop, had a solid afternoon hauling in six receptions for 40 yards and two touchdowns; Polk's 109 yards on the ground was his best outing in three weeks; Price came off the bench to hit on 5 of his 9 pass attempts and even brought the Dawgs back to within 10 points midway through the fourth quarter; Dennison's 11 tackles led the team; LB Princeton Fuimaono looked good at times and posted eight tackles on the day, but still makes too many mistakes; S Nate Fellner, seeing his first significant action since the start of the season, had seven tackles; DE Josh Shirley actually showed some new moves rushing the quarterback and even got some pressure on QB Sean Mannion on a few plays.

Needs work: This team's psyche is just in shambles. The first time they experience any sort of adversity they struggle and the defense obviously doesn't trust their coaching, their eyes or their teammates. They are out of position more often than not and they rarely make plays when they have the opportunity. This team, especially the defense, needs a complete overhaul of their psyche and if that doesn't happen they could lose their fourth-straight next week when they take on an improving Washington State team.


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