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A closer look at what went right, what went wrong and what needs work during Washington's 26-20 loss to Oregon

A closer look at what went right, what went wrong and what needs work during Washington's 20-26 loss to Oregon at Husky Stadium on Saturday night...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: Shortly after scoring their first touchdown of the game, to bring the score to 23-13, you had the sense that there was a wave of emotion brewing in the stadium and the Huskies had momentum swinging in their favor. Oregon return man Bralon Addison had different thoughts and scooted up the north sideline for an 87-yard return that stunned the crowd. That being said, he was tracked down by K Tristan Vizcaino at the Husky nine and after a penalty and a missed field goal, the Huskies were able to hold, but if they had been able to force a three-and-out, they might have continued to keep momentum swinging their direction. As it was, it killed the mood right after the Huskies seemed to be making progress.

Another turning point was Washington's second-to-last drive as the coaches and players seemed to have very little sense of urgency and wasted several minutes and a timeout that could have saved at least 40 seconds and given the Huskies more time on their final drive.

Offensive Player of the Game: RB Myles Gaskin continues to impress. He ripped off a 72-yard touchdown run midway toward the end of the third quarter to bring the score to 23-13 and finished the night with 18 carries for 155 yards and the one touchdown on the ground.

Defensive Player of the Game: S Budda Baker was solid, making two open-field tackles while finishing with a team-leading eight tackles and one tackle-for-loss. 

Handouts to the standouts: WR Brayden Lenius had just two catches for 37 yards, but he made a highlight reel catch for the second-straight week, hauling in a 30-yarder on a broken play, snatching the ball out of the air before an Oregon defensive back could knock the ball away; K Cameron Van Winkle hit both of his field goal attempts -- 40 and 46 yards; DT Taniela Tupou seemed to be all over the place, posting seven tackles and a half a tackle-for-loss; LB Travis Feeney was dinged most of the game, but still finished with five tackles, one sack, two tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble; freshman LB Ben Burr-Kirven looked outstanding in his first extended playing time, finishing with four tackles, a sack and a tackle-for-loss.

Stat of the game: Oregon was 9 of 18 on third down and one of one on fourth down. Two of the third down conversions were on the Diucks' first drive where they faced 3rd-and-7 and 3rd-and-10, the second of which, QB Vernon Adams found WR Darren Carrington for the first score of the game.

Needs work: Oregon fumbled the ball three times, a fourth fumble was ruled as being down, and got the ball back all three times. All three fumbles that were actually fumbles were recovered by the Ducks.

The Bottom Line: This was Washington's best shot to date at beating Oregon and the Huskies let the opportunity slip through their fingers and a big reason why was their inability to make plays when the opportunity presented itself and they also killed their own momentum with penalties and mistakes. This is a young team that is still learning how to win big games and if the offense ever can get out of its own way, they may finally start to wind up with wins instead of losses. Top Stories