Game Analysis - San Diego State

Washington got the 2012 football season started on a good note at Century Link Field, beating San Diego State 21-12 in front of 53,742 fans. While the team has to be happy with the win, there are still plenty of things to work on. Dawgman.com takes a look at what worked, what didn't and some other points of interest from the game...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: Early in the third quarter, Will Shamburger "scooped and scored", giving Washington a 21-6 lead.

San Diego State RB Colin Lockett took a handoff over the right side where he met John Timu, who spun him around into Princeton Fuimaono who was pursing from the backside.

The ball popped out, Shamburger picked it up and was escorted to the endzone by Shaquille Thompson.


Offensive Player of the Game: Austin Seferian-Jenkins got his sophomore season off to a great start, hauling in nine receptions for 82 yards. Although he didn't score, two of his receptions put Washington in a position to punch it in and three of his receptions went for first downs.

He was a huge and consistent target for Keith Price all night.


Defensive Player of the Game: Desmond Trufant left the game with about four minutes remaining, but still, he had a great game from his corner spot.

Trufant totaled six tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss and one sack on the night before leaving with what head coach Steve Sarkisian termed as a "tweaked hammy".


Key State: Washington ended the night plus-two in the turnover margin, getting an interception by Tre Watson on San Diego State's first offensive drive, Shamburger's fumble recovery and subsequent score and a fumble recovery by Justin Glenn after Travis Feeney hit Aztec's QB Ryan Katz on a blitz, jarring the ball loose.

Washington's only turnover was Bishop Sankey's fumble three plays after Feeney's forced fumble.


Handouts to the standouts: Sankey ground out 66 yards on the ground and scored Washington's first touchdown; Kasen Williams had a solid game, hauling in six receptions for 75 yards and Washington's second touchdown, a five-yard tunnel screen where he broke two tackles; Sean Parker had a solid outing, making eight tackles on the night; Tre Watson totaled three tackles and had an interception; Travis Feeney, playing his first game at linebacker ever, had five tackles, two tackles-for-loss, one sack and one forced fumble.


Needs work: Two areas really stuck out tonight as needing the most work. One was tackling. The linebackers were usually in the right place, but Timu missed several chances to make plays in the Aztec backfield and Parker allowed a big run in the fourth quarter because he didn't wrap up. The other area is the offensive line that seemed to struggle once Ben Riva went out with a broken forearm in the second quarter. The offensive line didn't get a lot of push in the running game and price was sacked three times, something that needs to change and fast.


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