Four Straight!

Parlaying a swamping defense, the Washington Huskies beat the Arizona Wildcats 31-13 before 65,815 fans at Husky Stadium under windy and rainy conditions on Saturday evening.

It was a night when the clergyman literally might have been lost at sea (Bishop Sankey), the driving rain coming down in sheets at times. As it turned out, Sankey helped sink 'Zona, along with all the rain. Sankey carried the ball a school-record, ball's-not-heavy 40 times, netting 161 yards.

Flagged 16 times against Idaho State the previous week, the Huskies limited their miscues to just 7 against the 'Cats, this in their all-important Pac-12 opener.

“Now, the final piece is we’ve got to clean up these penalties. And we’ll get that done,” Coach Steve Sarkisian was quoted as saying last week. “We’ve fixed a lot of things in this program over the last five years. And we’ll fix the penalties, believe me."

The offensive line committed 7 false-start penalties against Idaho State and reduced that number to nada this week.

The UW defense held the Wildcats to 318 yards of total offense and sacked the quarterback twice. The inclement weather affected both  passing games adversely.

UW freshman kicker Cameron Van Winkle posted 2 touchbacks out of 6 kickoffs. He averaged 60 yards per kickoff,  netting 39.7 yards each.

UW punter Travis Coons averaged 40.6 yards on 5 punts, all 5 downed inside the 20.

UW's Kevin Smith caught 4 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown, leading all receivers in yardage.

"I feel awesome,” UW head coach Steve Sarkisian was quoted as saying. “We’ve never been 4-0 since I’ve been here, so that’s pretty cool. There’s work to do obviously, but we’re accomplishing things we obviously haven’t done before.”

Washington (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) hasn't won four straight games since 2001.

Arizona coach Rich Rodriquez wins our nasty coach of the week award in a close call over coach Mike Leach (WSU), who won it last week. There was one segment of the telecast where an irate Rodriquez was in his quarterback's (B. J. Denker) face for what seemed eons of time, at least to Denker.

The QB efficiency ratings on the game follow:

QB School PA C YDS I TD Eff. Rate
Keith Price UW 25 14 165 1 2 129.84
B. J. Denker Arizona 35 14 119 2 0 57.13
Team Arizona 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Allen Ariz0na 1 0 0 0 0 0

The Huskies dominated the offensive line of scrimmage, 304.84 to 254.04, i.e.,

OLE = PASS-EFFICIENCY-OFFENSE PLUS (YARDS-PER-CARRY MULTIPLIED BY A NORMALIZING-NUMBER) SUBTRACTED BY OFFENSIVE-LINE-PENALTY-YARDS

UW Oline efficiency = 129.84 + 4.0 * 50 - 25 = 304.84 (*)

IDST Oline efficiency = 54.04 + 4.1 * 50 - 5 = 254.04

(*) The normalizing number 50 was arbitrarily chosen.

 

Team 1 2 3 4 Total

Arizona

0 6  7 0 13

Washington

8 3 14 6 31

 

Area of concern

ARIZ

UW

1. Ball Control                                                                                 

Time of Poss.

29:38 30:22

3rd-down conversions

4 of 18 6 of 10

4th-down conversions

2 of 5 0 of 2

First downs

19 24

2. Blocking and Tackling

Rushing Offense

199 165

Passing Offense

119 310

Pass Eff Offense

54.04 137.84

Total Offense

318 409

Sacks By

0-0 7-43

3. Mistakes

Penalties

7-56 7-75

Turnovers

2 0

4. Field Position

Kickoff Returns

4-72-0 3-65-0

Punt Returns

0-0-0 1-0-0

Punting average per punt

31.5 40.6

Average Yards Per Kickoff

54.5 60.0

Net Yards Per Kickoff

38.2 39.7

Kickoff touchbacks

0 2

5. Scoreboard, Baby

Field Goals

0-0 0-0

Redzone Offense

2-2 4-4

Points For

13 31

 

 

Richard Linde can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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