Game Analysis - Oregon

College Gameday was on campus, the Huskies had a veteran team playing well and a rabid crowd in newly remodeled promised to bring their 'A' game in support of the Dawgs, but none of it mattered as UW fell for the 10th-straight year, losing to the Ducks 45-24. Here's a closer look at what wen't right, what wen't wrong and what needs to be worked on as the season moves forward...

Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 1): The real turning point could be chalked up as the halftime gun. The adjustments the Ducks made offensively just confounded the Huskies. Washington had no answers for Oregon's offense and never forced them to punt in the second half. Marcus Mariota didn't run much after halftime, picking and choosing his spots on broken plays and scrambles while the Husky defense was worn out and they were gashed on almost every play from scrimmage. This was a far cry from what we saw in the first half where the Huskies consistently got penetration on running plays and were able to harass Marcus Mariota enough to keep him from putting up big numbers.

Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 2): With the score tied 7-7 and a little more than 12 minutes left in the first half, Bishop Sankey rushed for six yards on 3rd-and-8 and fumbled at the end of the furn. It was recovered by Torrodney Prevot and eight plays later, Mariota hit Bralon Addison for a four-yard touchdown, giving the Ducks a 14-7 lead from which they never looked back.

Offensive Player of the Game: Since the beginning of the season, Sankey has been an absolute animal for the Huskies. His fumble aside, the junior tailback was Washington's only real offensive threat as he racked up 167 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries and also led the Dawgs with five receptions for 38 yards,

Defensive Player of the Game: It really was a tie between John Timu and Sean Parker. Both totaled 10 tackles while Timu had two tackles-for-loss and the Huskies only sack. Parker's play early on set a tone for the Husky defense, but unfortunately they were unable to maintain it.

Handouts to the Standouts: When Keith Price decided to throw his way, Austin Seferian-Jenkins made two outstanding grabs, showing soft hands and that immense potential we've all been drooling to see. The junior tight end finished with just two catches for 36 yards including the eight-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter; DE Hauoli Kikaha spent a lot of time chasing down Mariota and had five tackles, but was unable to register a sack.

Stat of the Week: 631 yards of offense for Oregon is tough to swallow even if you give them the benefit of the doubt that they are a very talented offense with a lot of speed and multiple ways to hurt you. If Washington ever hopes to break the streak of losses to their rivals, they must figure out how to take about half of the yards away and even then it will still be hard to beat them.

Needs Work: More than anything, this team needs to play with confidence and not let things snowball on them. It appears they have a confidence problem when the play Oregon and if that doesn't change, they won't be winning a game anytime soon against the Ducks.


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