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Barely worth a bag of peanuts

Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The LSU Tigers battered the hapless Washington Huskies, 41-3, in front of 92,804 fans at Tiger Stadium, in a game that never should have been scheduled.

The Huskies' national TV showing on ESPN was an embarrassment to Husky football, to its fans, and to its Athletic Director, Scott Woodward, who scheduled the pummeling. Woodward is an LSU graduate and a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital city. (Woodward, photo left). 

Call it capital punishment.  

"I doubt I have much purple and gold left from my LSU days,” Woodward has been quoted as saying. “But surely LSU runs deep in my veins. It’s my alma mater, I grew up in Baton Rouge, I sold peanuts in Tiger Stadium.

Rising from a peanut salesman to an Athletic Director is certainly an Horatio Alger story if I ever heard one.

But the Huskies' offense and defense combined were barely worth a bag of Scott's peanuts. UW's pathetic running game netted just 26 yards, while its defense gave up 437 yards, with 242 yards of them coming on the ground.

UW's anemic display left the peanut galleries back home crawling back into their shells -- after first removing the block W's once proudly displayed on their front porches. I can see the need for scheduling A games -- money, money, money -- but not against a gargantuan like LSU. There are better ways to make buck.

"We're still trying to find our identity on offense," head coach Steve Sarkisian was quoted as saying. "What we're going to be. Who we're going to be on the offensive side of the ball, so that we can find some continuity. Obviously it was tough for us to get that tonight. There are things we have to fix and fix quickly."

The debacle against LSU negatively affects the public's perception of UW football and the Pac-12 conference, which, otherwise, had some notable victories against ranked opponents on Saturday. (Welcome to playing at the Rose Bowl, Nebraska, i.e., always a snake pit against UCLA for UW). Furthermore, it didn't help with recruiting, to say the least. 

In the 31-23 loss to LSU in 2009, UW quarterback Jake Locker threw for 321 yards, ran for 51 yards and had a credible PE of 125.7. He completed two touchdown passes.

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

The Good:

-- TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught 6 passes for 51 yards, leading all UW receivers on the night.

-- LSU's longest run from scrimmage: Alfred Blue's 21 yards.

The Bad:

-- No  touchbacks on 2 kickoffs.

The Ugly:                                 

-- The offense put just 3 points on the board and was limited to 183 total yards.

-- Keith Price's pass efficiency rating was 78.3, a number out  of the Willingham era.

-- UW ranks 117th nationally out of 120 in total offense, averaging 255.5 yards, and is 114th in rushing offense at 66 per game and 93rd in passing offense at 189.5. (Courtesy of Bob Condotta, Seattle Times).
 

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. Emboldened rows are from this year's defense.

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

LSU 3 242 L 41-3

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
LSU 17 36 157 0 1 78.3 42 71 379 1 1 105.83

 

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 3 0 0 0     3    
LSU 14 6 14 7 41


Time Team How Player (s) UW LSU
1st qtr          
14:03 UW FG Travis Coons 34 yd FG 3 0
11:18 LSU TD Alfred Blue 21 yd run (Drew Alleman kick) 3 7
2:11 LSU TD J.C. Copeland 1 yd run (Drew Alleman kick) 3 14
2nd qtr
10:02 LSU FG Drew Alleman 18 yd FG 3 17
5:03 LSU FG Drew Alleman 32 yd FG 3 20
3rd Qtr
10:35 LSU TD Kenny Hilliard 3 yd run (Drew Alleman kick) 3 27
2:51 LSU TD Kadron Boone 32 yd pass from Zach Mettenberger (Drew Alleman kick) 3 34
4th Qtr
8:04 LSU TD Kenny Hilliard 1 yd run (Drew Alleman kick) 3 41

 

Statistics UW LSU
Total First Downs 12 24
  Rushing 3 13
  Passing 6 9
  Penalty 3 2
Total Net Yards 183 437
Net Yards Passing 157 195
Net Yards Rushing 26 242
Completions-att-int 17-36-1 12-19-0
Punts, yards, average 8-301; 37.6 3-163; 54.3
Sacks by (number, yards) 0-0 4-28
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 3-63-0 2-54-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 1-1-0 3-11-0
Kickoff Yards 2-130 8-509
Net Yards per kickoff 38.0 40.1
Average yards per kickoff 65.0 63.6
Touchbacks (kickoffs) 0 5
Third-down conversions 4 of 16 7 of 12
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 0-0-0 1-4-0
Penalties, no., Yards 11-74 5-43
Fumbles; number/lost 0-0 1-1
Time of Possession  26:21 33:39

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Zach Mettenberger; 176.0 12 18 195 1 0
Spencer Ware 0 1 0 0 0
           
Washington          
Keith Price; 78.3 17 36 157 0 1
           
           
LSU Rushing No. yds tds long  
Alfred Blue 14 101 1 21  
Michael Ford 10 48 0 11  
Kenny Hilliard 13 46 2 9  
Spencer Ware 8 38 0 9  
Zach Mettenberger 2 7 0 5  
Conner Neighbors 1 5 0 5  
J. C. Copeland 2 2 1 1  
Team 2 -5 0 0  
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Erich Wilson 4 25 0 9  
Dezden Petty 7 9 0 4  
Keith Price 5 -24 0 4  
Bishop Sankey 8 18 0 9  
           
           
LSU Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
James Wright 5 75 0 23  
Odell Beckman 2 40 0 24  
Alfred Blue 2 19 0 14  
Kadron Boone 1 32 1 32  
Jarvis Landry 1 20 0 20  
Spencer Ware 1 9 0 9  
           
           
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
Kasen Williams 3 19 0 8  
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 6 51 0 18  
Jaydon Mickens 1 9 0 9  
Bishop Sankey 3 30 0 15  
Kevin Smith 4 48 0 22  
           
Punting        
LSU No. yds avg long IN20
Brad Wing 3 163 54.3 62 1
           
Washington          
   
Kory Durkee 8 301 37.6 53 2
           
Attendance: 92,804          

Richard Linde, aka Malamute can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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