Washington Huskies Embarassed by Arizona 52-17


No more claiming “Hey, we were supposed to lose badly to LSU!” or “It’s Oregon! No one beats them!” This time it was 3-3 Arizona absolutely clobbering the Huskies. For that reason, this, in my mind, is the worst loss of the year, and the one that says the most about the current direction of the team.

The no huddle, spread attack of the Wildcats simply overwhelmed the Washington defense, leading to an efficient four touchdown game for quarterback Matt Scott and a robust 29 carry, 172 yard day for running back Ka’Deem Carey. This isn’t the first time we have seen the Huskies thrown into chaos by a well orchestrated no huddle offense, but I just didn’t see it happening against Arizona. Not 52 points.

Oct. 20, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Washington Huskies cornerback Desmond Trufant in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Arizona defeated Washington 52-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

On offense, their were some very good individual performances, especially from Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Bishop Sankey, but in the end Price threw twice as many picks as touchdowns, the offensive line at times gave him little chance to succeed, and 17 points was never going to be enough to beat such a well-run offense. Special teams continues to be an issue, as Richard Morrison managed to return a punt for a touchdown, which was sort of the icing on the cake of this three-pronged failure in the desert.

More on this game later today, but I have to tell you none of it will be particularly optimistic. With Oregon State up next, it looks like 3-5 is not only possible, but likely. This loss doesn’t make this season a failure, but it certainly makes a successful season that much harder.