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November 12, 2007 at 12:43 PM

Tough day for the offense

Have to admit that Saturday night was a difficult one to just pay attention to the game, with the late start and then the situation with Jake Locker.
So it wasn’t until just a few hours ago I got around to really studying the play-by-play and noticing how much the offense struggled.
Here are UW’s first 11 drives of the game:
10 plays, six yards (not sure I’ve ever seen that before)
3 plays, minus-four yards
7 plays, 51 yards (ended on downs and included the 31-yard scramble by Locker)
3 plays, minus-one yard
3 plays, zero yards
3 plays, nine yards (Locker hurt at the end of this drive)
3 plays, minus-one yard
3 plays, zero yards
4 plays, two yards (field goal after the Tuiasosopo interception)
3 plays, minus-three yards
That’s 11 drives, 42 plays, 59 yards, eight punts, one field goal, one that ended in downs and one that ended at the end of the first half.
The Huskies actually ended up outgaining OSU thanks largely to the two big pass plays at the end of the game. But as is obvious, if not for the bad call on the fumble by Yvenson Bernard, UW would likely have lost 36-23 or something of that sort, and the way the offense played, especially early on when the Beavers set the tone with their defense, would have been a bigger story.
As I explained last week, I’m not a big believer in time of possession since that can often be a fairly meaningless stat. Still, UW had only one drive all night that lasted longer than 2:35 — and that was the first drive of the night when the Huskies held the ball for 4:41. UW had only two drives all night that lasted longer than two minutes.
That’s a tough way to win a road game. But then, this was also one of the strangest games I’ve ever seen.

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