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A binary night      

Capitalizing on an interception and a fumble return for a touchdown, the Washington Huskies beat the San Diego State Aztecs, 21-12, at CenturyLink Field, Seattle.

Thanks to John Berkowitz's streaming link, I was able to watch the game over the Internet.

The Huskies were unable to stop the run or run the ball effectively, the two main goals I had set for them prior to the game. In a nutshell, fans, this is last year's team minus the power running of Chris Polk, who is in the NFL now. RB Bishop Sankey rushed for 66 yards on 22 carries. RB Jesse Callier suffered a potentially serious knee injury in the early going.              

Bottom line stat: Huskies rushed for 106 yards, Aztecs for 199 yards. The Dawgs' anemic running game in the second half put too much pressure on QB Keith Price, who was quoted as saying San Diego State's constant pressure "got to me a little bit. Obviously I didn't perform the way that I expected to. I haven't played that bad of a ballgame in a long time."

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

The Good:

-- The Huskies defense won the game, returning an interception that gave the offense a short field and running a fumble back for a touchdown. Head coach Steve Sarkisian was quoted as saying, "We had to rely on our defense. Our offense sputtered a bit, and to find a way to win that type of a game for us was encouraging."

-- TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught 9 passes for 82 yards, leading all receivers on the night. 

-- Sankey, a robust sophomore, withstood the effects of 22 punishing carries.

The Bad:

-- No touchbacks on four kickoffs and a missed field-goal attempt.

-- The injuries to Caller and OL Ben Riva; Riva has a broken forearm.

-- Price's passing efficiency (134.1) was the fourth lowest of  his 14-game career, not that his efficiency was a bad number, just outlier from his usual numbers (e.g., around 161.9).

--The running game was anemic and had to have affected  Price's PE.

The Ugly:                                 

-- The offense put just 14 points on the board and was limited to 108 yards in the second half.

Next week's Husky opponent LSU should be able to run the ball with impunity at Baton Rouge. Last year's top-25 opponents annihilated the Dawgs on the ground. See Table 1 below.

Table 1. Last year's rush defense against top-25 teams bodes ominously for the Dawgs in 2012.

Team

Rank

UW Rushing Defense

Score

Nebraska

24

309

L 38-56

Stanford

7

446

L 21-65

Oregon

4

212

L 17-34

USC

6

252

L 17-40

Baylor

13

482

L 56-67

Table 1. Keith Price's cumulative passing efficiency.

Team C A Y T I PE C A Y T I PE
SDSU 25 35 222 1 0 134.14 25 35 222 1 0 134.14

 

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
SDSU 0 6 0 6 12
Washington 14 0 7 0 21


Time Team How Player (s) SDS UW
1st qtr          
9:23 UW TD Bishop Sankey 2 yard TD run (Travis Coons Extra Point) 0 7
2:35 UW TD Kasen Williams 8 yard TD pass from Keith Price (Travis Coons Extra Point) 0 14
2d qtr          
14:51 TD SDS Tim Vizzi 47 yard TD pass from Ryan Katz (Ryan Katz 2pt conversion failed. 6 14
3rd qtr
10:13 TD UW Will Shamburger 44 yard fumble return for TD (Travis Coons Extra Point) 6 21
4th qtr
12:06 TD SDS Adam Muema 1 yard TD run (Gavin Escobar 2pt conversion attempt failed. 12 21

 

Statistics SDSU UW
Total First Downs 16 22
  Rushing 12 7
  Passing 3 13
  Penalty 1 2
Total Net Yards 327 328
Net Yards Passing 128 222
Net Yards Rushing 199 106
Completions-att-int 10-19-1 25-35-0
Punts, yards, average 3-127; 42.3 5-186; 37.2
Sacks by (number, yards) 3-20 4-23
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 4-110-0 3-47-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 0-0-0 0-0-0
Kickoff Yards 3-154 4-228
Net Yards per kickoff 35.7 29.5
Average yards per kickoff 51.3 57.0
Touchbacks (kickoffs) 0 0
Third-down conversions 6 of 13 9 of 15
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 0-0-0 1-34-0
Penalties, no., Yards 4-40 4-46
Fumbles; number/lost 3-2 1-1
Time of Possession  28:57 31:03

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Katz, Ryan; 116.06 10 19 128 1 1
           
           
Washington          
Keith Price; 134.14 25 35 222 1 0
           
           
SDSU Rushing No. yds tds long  
Katz, Ryan 16 77 0 32  
Kazee, Walter 9 86 0 26  
Muema, Adam 11 32 1 8  
Ruffin, Ezell 1  9  0 9  
Dingwell, Adam 1 7 0 7  
Sandifer, D. 1 0 0 0  
Team 1 -12 0 0  
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Erich Wilson 2 22 0 17  
Willis Wilson 1 1 0 1  
Keith Price 6 17 0 17  
Bishop Sankey 22 66 1 20  
           
           
SDSU Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
Colin Lockett 4 48 0 32  
Gavin Escobar 2 8 0 4  
Tim Vizzi 1 47 1 47  
D. Sandifer 1 28 0 28  
Walter Kazee 1 -1 0 0  
Chad Young 1 -2 0 0  
           
           
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
Kendyl Taylor 1 6 0 6  
Mark Hartvigson 1 5 0 5  
Kasen Williams 6 75 1 20  
Jonathan Amosa 1 10 0 10  
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 9 82 0 20  
Jaydon Mickens 2 16 0 12  
Jesse Callier 2 8 0 9  
Bishop Sankey 1 0  0 0  
Kevin Smith 2 20 0 13  
           
Punting        
SDSU No. yds avg long IN20
Joel Alesi 2 98 49.0 56 0
Ryan Katz 1 29 29.0 29 1
Washington          
   
Kory Durkee 5 186 37.2 49 2
           
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