Game Analysis - Arizona

Washington definitely had their chances, but in the end, turnovers on offense and undisciplined play on defense were the reasons that Washington lost to Arizona by a score of 52-17.

Turning Point/Play of the Game: After Washington forced a fumble by KaDeem Carey on the first play of the second half, the Huskies took over on the Arizona 47 and looked like they could seize the momentum by drawing within seven points if they could score a touchdown, however, as has been the case the past two weeks, Keith Price tried to do too much. As he scrambled away from pressure, he was stripped of the ball by LB Marquis Flowers on the very next play and it was all down hill from there. Sarkisian watched his redshirt junior signal-caller walk back to the sidelines and his expression said it all..."what are you thinking?"

Offensive Player of the Game: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins had his best game of the season, hauling in eight receptions for 110 yards and one touchdown on the night. The Huskies got him involved in the gameplan early and often and he showed up big for them on the night, even in the losing effort.

Defensive Player of the Game: Washington allowed 533 yards so it was hard to pick someone out, however, LB Travis Feeney continues to shine in his role hauling in an interception which gave the Huskies the momentum heading into halftime and also totaled six tackles.

Key Stat: Three turnovers, all by Price. In the last three games, the Husky quarterback has 10 turnovers and all three against Arizona were killers, as his two interceptions came in Wildcat territory (one was near the goal line) and his fumble killed any chance Washington had of winning the game (see above). Another troubling stat was the four sacks and constant harassment of Price by an Arizona defense that had totaled just six sacks heading into the game. They finished the night with four sacks and at least 10 knock downs of Price.


Handouts to the standouts: While many will remember the stiffarm that Sean Parker suffered at the hand of Austin Hill, the junior safety did have the strip of Carey that was recovered by Talia Crichton and gave the Huskies a chance to draw within a touchdown. He also totaled six tackles; Josh Shirley didn't see a ton of reps, but he got the hit on QB Matt Scott that led to Feeney's interception while also posting three tackles; Bishop Sankey and Kendyl Taylor rushed for a combined 134 yards on 22 carries and Sankey had the touchdown right before the end of the first half to give the Huskies some momentum heading into halftime; Kasen Williams had eight receptions for 80 yards on the night, but it was the plays he wasn't able to make (two big overthrows by Price) that could have been big game-changers.

Needs work: Everything. From coaching, to game-planning, to tackling, to throwing, to blocking, to running, to pass-rushing, take your pick, everything needs to be looked at and improved. More than anything though, and it sounds like a broken record, but the Husky coaches have to find a way to get Price on track. His 10 turnovers have just been killers and it isn't like he's not trying hard, but he's trying too hard and someone has to step up and make a play so Price doesn't feel like he has to do it all and Sarkisian and offensive coordinator Eric Keisau have to figure out what it will take to get their signal-caller back to playing error free and confident football.


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