Weekend Observations - UW/Pac 12 (Week 12)

Husky nation is licking it's wounds after a heart-breaking, gut-wrenching, 27-26 loss to Arizona on Saturday. We jotted down some quick observations regarding the game in Tucson as well as the other three Pac 12 games that took place over the weekend...

Weekend Thoughts -- I don’t care what argument people want to give, Chris Petersen should have directed the team to take three knees. Even if you have to punt, you send it deep and make Arizona face a long field with less than 10 seconds on the clock.

-- Penalties, penalties, penalties. Wow. 13 for 111 yards? Some were ticky-tacky, but most were legit.

-- I just don’t get how Cyler Miles can have the ball slip out of his hands like that on a pass. He looked like Dave Krieg on that one. Even more disappointing was the fact that there was a receiver wide open around the five yard line who likely would have gone in for a score.

-- I thought Jonathan Smith had a good game as a play caller. It’s amazing how good a coach can look when the players execute. Sure there were some blown assignments, but for the most part, the game plan, on both sides of the ball, was perfect for the team they faced.

-- As I just noted, the game plan by Pete Kwiatkowski was about as good as you can get. They confused Arizona most of the day and, aside from a couple of long passes, they didn’t give up big plays. The only question I have is why you rush only three and drop your best pass-rusher, Hau’oli Kikaha, into coverage when the Wildcats need just 14 yards to get within field goal range. If not for that decision, I’d say Kwiatkowski gets an “A” for the day.

-- Nice to see Dwayne Washington get going. He’s Washington’s best runner, that isn't named Shaq Thompson and homerun threat and showed it on his 66-yard touchdown run. He ran away from the entire Arizona secondary and ran through some arm tackles en route to his long scoring run.

-- Please, someone, anyone, make the decision to move Colin Tanigawa to guard and put Mike Criste in at center. UW never seemed to have snapping problems when Criste was in there.

-- Sidney Jones just continues to look better and better. He got burned for a long gainer in the first quarter, but then he locked things down and came away with two interceptions. I am really looking forward to watching him over the next three years.

-- Danny Shelton is amazing. No interior defensive lineman in the country is playing better than him right now. You just don’t see guys his size move like he does.

Pac 12 Observations

USC 38 California 30
-- Could Cody Kessler wind up being a Heisman candidate in 2015? The way he’s playing right now, it wouldn’t surprise me.

-- Nelson Agholor is putting up ridiculous numbers. There are some damn good receivers out there, but Agholor looks like an All-American to me.

Utah 20 Stanford 17

-- Didn’t see much of this game, but from what I saw, the Cardinal are just not able to wear down teams as much as they have the past couple of years.

-- While their offense might not be much this year, their defense is still really good. To allow just 247 yards in six quarters (the game went to double-overtime), they are still formidable on that side of the ball.

Oregon State 35 Arizona State 27

-- Take nothing away from what the Beavers were able to do in the late game on Saturday night, but it was obvious that ASU did not bring their "A" game to Corvalis. Allowing 247 yards rushing to a team that was averaging 122.4 per game (105th in the country)? That's just bad, bad, bad.

-- Michael Doctor read Taylor Kelly perfectly, picking off the pass and rumbling 35 yards for the touchdown to basically put the game out of reach.

-- Kelly still does not look right. When he was healthy, he could be a real threat with his legs, but he has almost zero chance of escaping a heavy pass rush right now.

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