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Dawgs' D was Yuck Soup
Huskies run into a 21st Century Offense
Malamute, 17 October 2005

Affer Washington (1-5) scored an early touchdown, Oregon scored six consecutive times to take a 38-7 lead into the fourth quarter and eventually win, 45-21, in a game played at Autzen Stadium. The Huskies surrendered 578 yards to the Ducks, while accumulating just 238 total yards on offense.

After suffering a heart-breaking loss two weeks ago to a UCLA team that most likely played down to the Dawgs was this the game in which the team finally gave up? Missed tackles and a chorus of virtual Ole's reverberating around a mostly silent stadium seemed to say so. During the game, the Oregon fans grew so bored, they should have booed Washington for its lackluster play, not for the fact the Dawgs are their eternal enemies. They paid to see an exciting game; instead, they witnessed a rout and an exhibition of how the spread offense was meant to work, this juxtaposed with Washington's schizophrenic "Spread Coast" offense -- which was hibernating for most of the game.

The Dawgs did score 14 points in the fourth quarter, which, unfortunately, were most likely concession points, just as were the 14 points they scored in the last quarter of their 36-17 loss to Notre Dame a few weeks ago.

Oregon punted two times, accumulated 424 yards passing and protected QB Kellen Clemens with an ironclad offensive line, which didn't allow a sack -- or make him Duck. Clemens spread the ball around, throwing to 13 different receivers, some of whom, as a bunch, have great football names like Paysinger, Whitehead, Day, Strong and Rosario. However, the name that hurt the most was Jonathan Stewart's, Oregon's prized recruit out of Lacey, Washington. Stewart, who is a true freshman coming off the bench, ran two kickoffs back for 69 yards, rushed for 26 yards on 6 carries and caught 1 pass for 12 yards, accounting for more total yards than any Washington player, other than QB Isaiah Stanback.

Another matter while we're espousing:

Crackle, pop, zzzt...

Commenting on Charlie Weis's plush rough, Jim Murray of the Celestial Daily News writes that "Matt Leinart should have gone with shovel passes to dig through the Kikuyu. Next time around at South Bend, the Trojan Band will bring weed eaters. At halftime, they will be marching to 'Mow on for ol' SC.' Call the rivalry the 'Hayfields and the McCoys.'

When it comes to gaining an edge over his opponents, Weis makes Rick Neuheisel look like a bush leaguer. The Trojans next opponent: Washington. Fortunately for the Trojans, no amount of water and fertilizer can grow Field Turf into a North 40."

In 1967, then unbeaten USC lost to Oregon State, 3-0, at Corvalis, in a game played in a downpour and mud. USC ended up 10-1-0, beating Indiana 14-3 in the 1968 Rose Bowl.

The Kikuyu adversely affected the timing between Leinart and his receivers on long pass plays, even though his receivers gained separation against Charlie's schlock-down corners. Charlie knows what hes doing.

The good:

-- Although Stanback's passing efficiency was just 103.6 on the game, he managed to throw more touchdown passes (2) than interceptions (1).

-- The UW was +1 for the game in turnover ratio.

-- Sean Douglas averaged 44.1 yards per punt, with a long of 69 yards.

-- The Seattle media, which are as responsible for Washington's demise as much any other persons or factors, are at the crossroads of losing thousands of fans who once were passionate about Husky football. This translates into lost readership and poorer TV ratings, which some might say serves them right.

The Bad:

-- Injuries to Washington's secondary expose the lack of depth that has hurt the team all season.

-- The notion that the UW administration is playing to its upper campus is gaining momentum in some quarters, Todd Turner's Blog notwithstanding.

-- The Huskies have lost 11 consecutive Pac-10 games.

-- UW coach Tyrone Willingham is making $600 thousand more per year than Keith Gilbertson did, and the results this season are the same as last season, one and five at this juncture.

 
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 7 0 0 14 21
Oregon 14 7 17 7 45


Time Team How Player (s) Score
1st qtr        
12:08 UW TD Isaiah Stanback 26-yard pass to Anthony Russo. Evan Knudson kick. UW, 7-0
9:24 UO TD Kellen Clemens 1-yard pass to Demetrius Williams. Matt Evenson kick. Tie, 7-7
:23 UO TD Clemens 8-yard pass to Jason Williams. Evenson kick. UO, 14-7
2nd qtr
8:27 UO TD Clemens 30-yard pass to Williams; Evenson kick. UO, 21-7
3rd qtr        
11:59 UO TD Clemens 11-yard pass to Clarence Whitehead; Evenson kick. UO, 28-7
8:49 UO FG Evenson 30-yard kick. UO, 31-7
5:00 UO TD Jonathan Stewart 17-yard run. Evenson kick. UO, 38-7
4th qtr        
10:08 UW TD Stanback 5-yard pass to Robert Lewis; Knudson kick. UO, 38-14
4:50 UW TD Ty Eriks 1-yard run; Knudson kick. UO, 38-21
1:16 UO TD Brian Paysinger 5-yard run. Evenson kick. UO, 45-21


Statistic UW UO
Total First Downs 15 30
  Rushing 5 7
  Passing 7 20
  Penalty 3 3
Total Net Yards 238 570
Net Yards Passing 117 424
Net Yards Rushing 121 146
Completions-att-int 15-28-1 37-50-0
Punts, yards, average 7-314, 44.9 2-80, 40
Times sacked (number, yards) 4-23 0-0
Return Yardage 66 172
  Punts Yards 0-0 3-21
  Kickoff Yards 4-66 4-125
 Interceptions returns Yds 0-0 1-26
Penalties Yards 7-60 10-82
Fumble: number, lost 0-0 2-2
Time of Possession  29:37 30:23

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Oregon          
Kellen Clemens 36 48 435 4 0
Dennis Dixon 1 2 -1 0 0
           
Washington          
Isaiah Stanback 13 26 111 2 1
Johnny DuRocher 2 2 6 0 0
           
Rushing att yds tds long  
Oregon          
Terrence Whitehead 11 44 0 11  
Jeremiah Johnson 3 38 0 28  
Jonathan Stewart 6 26 1 17  
Kellen Clemens 8 22 0 6  
Terrell Jackson 2 11 0 6  
Brian Paysinger 1 5 1 5  
           
Washington Rushing att yds tds long
Isaiah Stanback 11 44 0 33  
Louis Rankin 20 72 0 21  
Kenny James 3 4 0 2  
Ty Eriks 1 1 1 1  
           
Pass Receiving rec yds tds long
Oregon        
James Finley 7 67 0 30  
Terrence Whitehead 7 59 1 22  
Demetrius Williams 5 92 2 33  
Jaison Williams 5 55 1 16  
Cameron Colvin 4 63 0 33  
Tim Day 2 27 0 23  
Brian Paysinger 1 22 0 22  
Jonathan Stewart 1 12 0 12  
Dante Rosario 1 10 0 10  
Garren Strong 1 8 0 8  
Jordan Kent 1 5 0 5  
Jeremiah Johnson 1 5 0 5  
Terrell Jackson 1 -1 0 -1  
           
Washington Pass Rec. rec yds tds long
Ty Eriks 1 0 0 0  
Robert Lewis 2 16 1 10  
Anthony Russo 3 50 1 26  
Louis Rankin 1 5 0 5  
Sonny Shackelford 6 39 0 9  
Craig Chambers 1 7 0 7  
James Sims 1 1 0 1  
           
Punting punts yds long Avg
Oregon
Aaron Knowles 2 80 50 40  
           
Washington          
Sean Douglas 7 314 69 44.4  
           
Attendance: 58,269          

Richard Linde (a.k.a., Malamute) can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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