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Dawgs hit by Wildcat strike?

Tucson, Arizona. Taking advantage of Washington's feckless offense and porous defense, the Arizona Wildcats clawed the Dawgs in the  desert -- to UW fans their 52-17 drubbing sounding like claws scraping a blackboard.

Did the Husky players go on strike and take the night off?

"Tonight we didn't win very many one-on-one battles," head coach Steve Sarkisian was quoted as saying. "They blocked better than we did, they tackled better than we did and when there was a one-on-one battle in open space, their guys usually won. When the guy across from you beats you, doubt creeps in and I thought that happened to us tonight."

Washington quarterback Keith Price had a rough night, throwing two interceptions and coughing up a critical fumble in the third quarter. His passing stats computed miserably, his efficiency rating just 95.78 on the night. He was sacked four times. The Huskies' offense, ranked 103rd in the FBS, accumulated just 380 yards. Their defense gave up 533 yards, with 277 of them coming on the ground.

See NCAA statistics.

Coach Sarkisian said that he needs Price to trust him, and was quoted as saying "that I want him to believe in me. I want him to take the information I'm giving him and trust me. If it doesn't work, I'll be the first one to tell him it was my fault.''

"I've got to trust in him and trust in the system that it's going to work for me, Price also was quoted as saying. "There were a couple of times where I didn't truly believe.''

Four first-year starters on the offensive line, a lousy running attack, poor pass protection and numerous sacks aren't helping Price with the trust and believability issues.

I'm not ready to throw Price under the bus, but I am happy with the thought of not having to defend Jake Locker anymore; the invidious comparisons between Price and Locker that surfaced last year have ended.

In his fourth season at UW, Coach Steve Sarkisian (22-23) has been on a mission to rebuild the Huskies from their 0-12 season in 2008. So far the journey has been somewhat successful, but for his team's appearances against ranked teams the last two seasons, when it has been unable to stop the run. Against then second-ranked LSU this year, the Huskies were torched for 242 yards on the ground. Against second-ranked Oregon, 299, and now eleventh-ranked USC 204.

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

The Good:

--  Austin Seferian-Jenkins' 110 receiving yards

-- Travis Coons' two touchbacks on four kickoffs.

The Bad:

-- Posting just 17 points, while giving up 52

-- Arizona is tied for 83rd in the FBS in scoring defense, allowing 30.43 points per game. The Wildcats blank UW in the second half?

-- 100 yards in penalties.

The Ugly:

-- Three turnovers

-- Just 124 yards rushing, while allowing 277.

-- Offensive line play.

-- The 63-yard punt return for a touchdown.

-- Failing to register a sack, while giving up four.

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 67-56

LSU

2 242 L 41-3

Stanford

8 65 W 17-13
Oregon 2 299 L 52-21
USC 11 204 L 24-14

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
PSU 14 19 181 3 0 205.81 56 90 560 4 1 126.93
Stanford 19 37 177 1 1 95.05 75 127 737 5 2 117.64
Oregon 19 31 145 0 2 87.68 94 158 882 5 4 111.76
USC 20 28 198 2 2 140.11 114 186 1080 7 6 116.03
Arizona 29 52 256 1 2 95.78 143 238 1336 8 8 111.61

 

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 3 14 0 0 17
Arizona 10 21 14  7 52


Time Team How Player (s) UW UA
1st qtr          
9:49 UW FG Travis Coons 43 yd FG 3 0
7:48 UA TD David Richards 27 yd pass from Matt Scott (John Bonano kick) 3 7
0:06 UA FG John Bonano 24 yd FG 3 10
2nd qtr
8:19 UA TD Matt Scott 1 yd run (John Bonano kick) 3 17
4:43 UA TD Garic Wharton 33 yd pass from Matt Scott (John Bonano kick) 3 24
3:41 UW TD Austin Seferian-Jenkins 6 yd pass from Keith Price (Travis Coons kick) 10 24
2:37 UA TD Austin Hill 53 yd pass from Matt Scott (John Bonano kick 10 31
0:13

 

UW TD Bishop Sankey 1 yd run (Travis Coons kick) 17 31
3rd qtr          
12:23 UA TD Austin Hill 17 yd pass from Matt Scott (John Bonano kick) 17 38
9:35 UA TD Richard Morrison 63 yd punt return (John Bonano kick) 17 45
4th qtr          
11:32 UA TD Ka'Deem Carey 2 yd run (John Bonano kick) 17 52

 

Statistics UW UA
Total First Downs 23 25
  Rushing 7 12
  Passing 14 11
  Penalty 2 2
Total Net Yards 380 533
Net Yards Passing 256 256
Net Yards Rushing 124 277
Completions-att-int 29-52-2 14-22-1
Punts, yards, average 6-201; 33.5 2-82; 41.0
Sacks by (number, yards) 0-0 4-31
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 3-60-0 1-17-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 0-0-0 1-63-1
Kickoff Yards 4-219 9-585
Net Yards per kickoff 40.5 41.7
Average yards per kickoff 54.8 65.0
Touchbacks (kickoffs) 2 6
Third-down conversions 5 of 17 6 of 12
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 1-47-0 2-72-0
Penalties, no., Yards 10-100 8-75
Fumbles; number/lost 1-1 2-1
Time of Possession  32:26 27:34

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Matt Scott; 212.29 14 22 256 4 1
           
Washington          
Keith Price; 95.78 29 52 256 1 2
           
Arizona Rushing No. yds tds long  
KaDeem Carey 29 172 1 9  
Matt Scott  8 43 1 24  
Jared Baker 4 28 0 16  
Daniel Jenkins 6 21 0 10  
Mark Watley 1 11 0 11  
B. J. Denker 1 2 0 2  
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Kendyl Taylor 3 47 0 30  
Bishop Sankey 19 87 1 14  
Keith Price 7 -10 0 12  
           
UA Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
Dan Buckner 5 86 0 43  
Garic Wharton 3 59 1 33  
Austin Hill 2 70 2 53  
David Richards 2 25 1 27  
Taimi Tutogi 1 4 0 4  
KaDeem Carey 1 2 0 2  
           
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
Kasen Williams 8 80 0 20  
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 8 110 1 27  
Cody Bruns 1 2 0 2  
Jaydon Mickens 2 13 0 14  
Kendyl Taylor 3 13 0 9  
Mark Hartvigson 1 6 0 6  
Bishop Sankey 6 32 0 10  
           
Punting        
UA No. yds avg long IN20
Kyle Duganzic 2 82 41.0 43 0
           
Washington          
   
Travis Coons 6 201 33.5 39 1
           
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