Oct 12, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price (17) fights off the tackle by Oregon Ducks defensive lineman DeForest Buckner (44) during the 2nd half at Husky Stadium. Oregon defeated Washington 45-24. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Vs. Oregon: Huskies Have Far To Go After 45-24 Loss


Oct 12, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Oregon Ducks running back Byron Marshall (9) carries the ball with offensive linesman Hroniss Grasu (55) blocking during the 2nd half against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium. Oregon defeated Washington 45-24. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

I predicted a 38-31 Oregon win. Turns out Washington has more to fix than I thought. It may not have been a full on blowout this time, but even if the outcome wasn’t fully decided until the 4th quarter, the win was decisive and the Husky defense looked absolutely defeated to finish the game. Bishop Sankey, who ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, was a bright spot. In almost every other facet of the game, Washington was respectable but simply not good enough.

Washington’s offensive line did not protect Price well enough to allow him much time to go through his reads, and when he did manage to extend the play, Oregon’s defensive backs kept everyone blanketed. Price finished with 182 yards on 19/32 passing with a score and a pick, a far cry from the sort of game needed from the senior for the Huskies to win. Even the run game, fueled by Sankey’s great performance, often struggled on 1st down, meaning that the Huskies ended up depending on converting 3rd down after 3rd down. It wasn’t sustainable over four quarters of shootout football.

Meanwhile, when Washington began the contest by defending the run solidly, Oregon and quarterback Marcus Mariota responded by absolutely shredding the Husky secondary. Once receivers like Bralon Addison and Josh Huff started picking up chunks of yardage, the run game began to look more and more Oregon-esque, with seemingly routine runs resulting in seven and eight yard gains. Sophomore Byron Marshall ran for 106 yards and scored twice.

Corners Marcus Peters and Gregory Ducre were regularly burned, especially in the second half, when Oregon’s scores were far, far too easy. Players like Shaq Thompson often took bad angles on routine plays, allowing them to result in long, rumbling gains.

Both on offense and defense, the Ducks were better, and for now Husky fans can’t do much about the “10 More Years!” chants that rained down from the visitor’s section. Steve Sarkisian and the Huskies just aren’t ready yet.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-James/1011797365 Brian James

    No way we win until Mariotta is gone, he is the best player in college football right now. If UW had him this game we win.

    • Jack Dorsey

      I absolutely 110% w/u….Marcus Mariota is the best QB in college right now. They came to Colorado and rolled us and could had made Buffalo burger meat as they started grinding away but found mercy for our school and had KFC instead.

  • MAITAIDUCK

    The Husky’s are complaining about the officiating when the Duck’s were the one’s getting whistle whipped from the beginning basically to the end. At one point in the Game it was the Duck’s had 9 to 1 in penalty’s to the Husky’s so what the heck is Herbstreit saying? That guy sometime’s is such a HONK. Lets face it Husky fans quit whining, you guys are not in the same league as the Ducks, you even resort to copying us, and you still can’t beat us. We still should of beaten you guys by 2 more score’s. Our D Line owned the Line of scrimmage all Game long and Sanky half those yards if it wasn’t for BAD Tackling by the Ducks D he should of been stopped on numerous occasions. So stop Whinning, we all Knew the outcome all week is that you would Lose this Game again. We have the better Team and the better Depth, get over it, and soon enough we will have won our 1st Championship and we won’t have to listen to your old story’s anymore, and next year it will be 11. So just be Quit and give credit to the far superior Team, cause If we were like USC, in the end we could of Punched it in like I wanted Helfrich to do because of your ARROGANCE! Hes just to Classy of a Coach to STUPE to classless things like your Team if it was turned around would do! You people are so not worth it, and need to just come up with your own style and QUIT copying our DUCKs, cause you SUCK at it!

    • Dave

      Wow. That hurt to read. An Oregon education, everybody!

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