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September 9, 2006 at 7:47 PM

A quick analysis

Wow. It’s great to see all the well thought-out comments in the initial post-game post.
It seems like most of you feel this is a step forward.
For the most part, I agree.
The running game was obviously impressive, especially since the Huskies ran in a different manner this week than last week.
Last week it was Isaiah Stanback and a lot of outside runs against a slower team.
This week, the Huskies couldn’t outrun Oklahoma, so they went up the middle and for much of the game were able to create holes and use misdirection to keep OU off balance. That they were able to pull that off much of the day says an awful lot about how far this offensive line has come.
And the defense was never really pushed around in keeping Adrian Peterson in relative check. He had 165 yards, but the Huskies probably could have lived with that if they could have stopped OU’s passing game.
Unfortunately, the UW secondary again looked poor. Washington allowed its two opponents this season to complete 49 of 70 passes this season for 595 yards and five touchdowns and only one interception — which came after Oklahoma’s Paul Thompson was hit and the ball fluttered into the hands of Scott White.
Granted, the San Jose State game doesn’t look as bad now that the Spartans have beaten Stanford. But Thompson isn’t regarded as a top-flight passer. And considering all the good passing teams left on UW’s schedule, the secondaray has to rate as a real concern.
The special teams were also a little sloppy, with the long return, and one punt blocked and a couple of poor snaps.
And then there’s UW’s passing game, which was anything but sharp today. Stanback obviously didn’t play well today, though his numbers — 9 for 22 for 139 yards — look worse than they really were because he threw three or four passes away trying to avoid trouble.
Washington has just one pass play longer than 24 yards this season — the 51-yarder to Anthony Russo today. That’s something that can’t continue since the Huskies figure to be involved in their share of shootouts the rest of the way.
Still, keeping this one tied for a half — and still having a chance late in the third quarter — has to be regarded as a measure of progress. On the other hand, we were saying much the same last year when UW almost beat UCLA at the Rose Bowl — remember, the Bruins went 10-2 a year ago — and that ended up being more of a mirage than anything else.
Washington has to soon turn these baby steps into monster leaps to really make something of this season.

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