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January 1, 2009 at 6:02 PM

So, did you like that offense?

Just back from watching the Rose Bowl at a friend’s house, where we had much discussion about Steve Sarkisian and the USC offense.
Specifically, can he pull that off with the talent he has in place right now at UW?
Not with the same results immediately, certainly. But if that’s the long-term blueprint for the Husky offense, UW fans have to like what they saw today. In his last game as OC, Sarkisian opened it up, something noted in one of the first stories on the game to already be posted.
I actually thought that offense looked a little bit like UW’s in 1996, when the Huskies had Corey Dillon and could use the threat of him to let Brock Huard launch play-action passes all over the place to Jerome Pathon and Fred Coleman.
Sarkisian also made some nice adjustments, specifically going to more vertical passing in the second quarter as it became apparent that USC had a big edge with its receivers against Penn State’s secondary, which looked like a typical Big Ten secondary finding itself overmatched against a Pac-10 offense.
As I write this, Sarkisian is likely taking off his USC stuff for the last time. He’s due to return to Seattle by tomorrow to begin full-time duties as coach of the Huskies.
I’ll check for anything interesting written about him from the Rose Bowl and post later.

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