Game Analysis - Stanford

In one of the most frustrating games in recent memory, the Huskies fell to 4-1 with a 20-13 loss to Stanford. Here's a look the good, the bad and the ugly from today's contest as Washington heads into the bye week licking their wounds...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: With the score tied 13-13 and Washington facing 4th-and-9 at their own 47 with 7:37 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, the Huskies lined up to punt, but instead of punting, Shaq Thompson took the direct snap and was stopped for no gain. The Cardinal proceeded to march down for the go ahead score in six plays and the Dawgs were never able to recover.

Offensive Player of the Game: No one on the offense did anything noteworthy, but P Korey Durkee, who many thought might not even wind up playing this season, had a great day. He averaged 51.7 yards on seven punts, dropped three inside the 20 and, most importantly, he kept the ball away from the ever dangerous Ty Montgomery who definitely became frustrated with his lack of opportunities to get his hands on the ball.

Defensive Player of the Game: LB Shaq Thompson finished the day with seven tackles (five solo), but more importantly he also had two key forced fumbles. The first he took back 32 yards for a touchdown and the second snuffed out a scoring opportunity for Stanford early in the fourth quarter.

Handouts to the standouts: No one on offense will be mentioned in this section of the game analysis. However, the defense had plenty of standouts. John Timu missed a couple of tackles early, but he recovered and was solid as the game moved along, finishing with 11 tackles (six solo) on the day; Travis Feeney was one of the more physical players on the field and he finished the day with eight tackles (four solo). Timu also had a chance at a pick six on Stanford’s first drive, but dropped the ball; Hauoli Kikaha forced a fumble on the only sack of the day. It was recovered by Kevin Hogan, but it was still a play that helped Washington stay in the game. The senior defensive end finished the day with six tackles and a tackle-for-loss; DT Danny Shelton forced a couple of hold calls while rushing the quarterback and also had a fumble recovery; Marcus Peters had a solid afternoon. For most of the day, he was tasked with locking up Ty Montgomery and, for the most part, he got the job done, holding one of the most explosive players in the country to just four receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown. Peters also had picture-perfect coverage on Montgomery down the Washington sideline and he came down with an interception, giving the Huskies good field position in the third quarter.

Stat of the Game: The two that stick out the most are 179 yards of offense on 68 plays which is only 2.6 yards per play and the second is 10 penalties for 85 yards. Almost all of them were effort penalties, but one that was a killer was the block in the back call on DiAndre Campbell on Washington’s first kick off return that brought back a touchdown by John Ross and that turned out to be a critical penalty.

Needs work: To say Washington’s passing game was anemic is actually over-selling it. Cyler Miles finished the day 15 of 29 with a touchdown, but there were plenty of times where receivers were open and the first year starter just couldn’t find them or he was running for his life. There were also times when no one was open and Miles didn’t make the might decision on which way to run or where the free rusher was coming from. The lack of a passing game made Washington’s running game, which had been pretty solid most of the season, ineffective as well.

Bottom Line: This team is a work in progress obviously, but they’d better get some things figured out because there are no more Georgia State’s and Illinois’ on the schedule. After the bye week, Washington is looking down the barrel of two straight road games (vs. Cal and Oregon) before returning for their next home game on October 25th against an explosive Arizona State squad. Obviously, things can only get better and you have to hope that Miles gets better and he develops more chemistry with his receivers. A better passing game will open things up and make this offense much more troublesome for defenses to attack. Currently, all they have to do is load the box, dare the Huskies to throw on them and because of Miles’ limitations and the inability of the receivers to get open, things just look disorganized and disjointed.




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