Taking a commanding 34-0 lead into
halftime, the Oklahoma Sooners coasted to a 55-14 victory over the
Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium. Sam Bradford completed 18 of 21
passes for 304 yards and five touchdowns and ran for a sixth.
The question is whether Tyrone
will last the season or stay its course? Is his exit as coach of the Washington Huskies coming
sooner rather than later, or "Sooners" rather than later as we punned in
Nowadays, he motors to Montlake in a sputtering
2004 Gilby, and has won only two of his last 14 games, having lost five in a row. Former coach
Keith Gilbertson resigned before the 1-10 season was fully recorded in
the 2004 record books.
Certainly the Dawgs had a puncher’s chance against mighty Oklahoma on
Saturday night – at least as much as Seattle’s adopted Harry “Kid”
Mathews had against Rocky Marciano in 1952. Rocky kayoed the "Kid" in
the second round, after losing the first round to Mathews on the experts'
cards. His manager, Jack Hurley,
was a genius at building a fighter’s reputation, thoughtfully rebuilding
Mathews' mojo, which was
helped by spin from Royal Brougham of the Seattle P-I.
Replay of round.
This, with some help from United States
Senator Warren G. Magnusson who argued the "injustice" being done to
Much the same as back then, the fish-wraps are spinning
Willingham's season, saying he has too many "kids" and inexperience
(blanks) on his team rather than real bullets. But some of this
inexperience was avoidable in my mind. See
Will recruiting mistakes cost Huskies?
Hurley taught the "Kid," a skilled boxer, how to punch.
How about setting this goal for
Willingham's punch-less Dawgs: that is, beating both Stanford and
Arizona, which are Washington's next two opponents? That goal seems fair
enough to me and will demonstrate a certain measure of progress --
although Tyrone is lagging badly behind rival coaches Jim Harbaugh and Mike Stoops
in all-over record at his institution.
He's 11-28 at UW, while Harbaugh is 5-9 at Stanford and Stoops is 19-30
at Arizona. Willingham is 1-0
against Harbaugh and 1-2 against Stoops.
While Harbaugh and Stoops have converted their cadavers into Zombies,
Doc Willingham is still operating on his corpse,
who occasionally rises up, gasps for air and then falls back on the
operating table with a “Sonics’ boom.”
Warning to Willingham: Watch out
for Stanford's Toby Gerhart -- who is out of Norco.
Sure the Dawgs are playing a tough
schedule, but so did Mathews when he fought Marciano. The "Kid" got off
the deck to fight with even more vigor and, likewise, so can "Ty Willie's" Dawgs.
After falling to Marciano, Mathews won his next two fights before
drawing with Freddie Beshore in 1953.
Defense will be the key issue in the
next two games.
Will Willingham last the season?
Hot seat joke:
School president Mark Emmert is a
prolific fundraiser; he knows that achieving an excellence in sports at
UW, especially in football, helps cultivate donors for a variety of
programs. That's why Tyrone is walking an uncertain path, which could
lead to his ouster sooner rather than later.
His ouster, though, won't happen until a
new athletic director is in place and assumes he keeps losing.
The point is: follow the money.
Now for the game.
In its later stages, it seemed to me
that Washington's first-string defense gave up on the game -- packed it
in -- allowing
Oklahoma two long touchdown plays in the third quarter one to Ryan
Broyles on a 77-yard pass play from Sam Bradford and the other to Jermai
Gresham on a 64-yard pass play from Bradford to make the score 48-7.
The Huskies' defense gave up 591 net
yards on the game; over its first three games, the defense has given up an average
of 520.7 yards per game, well above its school record of 464.4 yards
Washington's effort was marred by fumbles,
missed field goals, sloppy tackling, dropped passes and errant center snaps; before the
game started, a collision of
the two teams at the tunnel, with some pushing and shoving going on,
contributed to some of the bad blood felt during the game that
was highlighted by a payback for a cheap shot taken at a UW player.
At one time, one of the ESPN
announcers said it looked as if Oklahoma was conducting a 7-on-7 passing drill.
It's notable, however, that a
fighting corps of substitutes fought to the bitter end, which prompted
this quote from Willingham, "I still liked some of the things I saw from
our football team. I thought we continued to fight, continued to battle
until the end, and that's something we can take and go forward."
It was the worst home loss since USC beat the Huskies 48-0 in 1929.
The Huskies lost three fumbles and
missed two field goals in their feckless first half.
The Huskies' game plan looked as
plain and conservative as Jim Tressel's sweater vests -- which he needs
to donate to the Salvation Army. How will the eastern mafia spin Tressel's embarrassing loss to
Pete Carroll? They'll forget about it before the season ends and blame
the loss on the absence of "Beanie" Wells.
The Dawgs have yet to record a sack
this season. They surrendered 4 sacks to the Sooners for 28 yards. Thus
far this season, the Huskies have given up 11 sacks for 82 yards.
Kicker Jared Ballman has had 4
touchbacks on the year, compared to 1 touchback all last year.
Locker was 16-24-0 for 154 yards passing, which computes to a
passing-efficiency rating of 120.57. Bradford's rating was
-- yikes -- 285.89. UW's NCAA pass efficiency defense is likely to be near to
the worst in the country this week, while both Bradford's and the Sooners' will
be near the best.
In the table below, Jake Locker's passing
efficiency is shown game by game, along with his cumulative statistics as
the season progresses. Nomenclature: C=completions; A=attempts; Y=yards,
T=touchdowns, I=interceptions, and PE=passing efficiency.