POST-GAME NOTES — No new injuries other than a concussion to Justin Glenn.
Sarkisian said the team just doesn’t have the depth it needs right now to stay with Oregon for a full game.
Holt said he thought the defense played well for three quarters or so. Said he thought all the short fields hurt and that the running of Darron Thomas hurt as well.
SIGNING OFF FOR NOW UNTIL AFTER THE GAME — More later.
OREGON HAS OUTSCORED UW 35-10 IN THE SECOND HALF — Ducks are now dominating this one and worth noting this is how they have often done it this year, simply wearing down opponents at the end.
OREGON POURING IT ON NOW — Oregon goes 90 yards in 11 plays to score on a 30-yard run by Barner and make it 53-16 with 4:34 left.
And ultimately, the game is ending up right where just about everyone thought.
OREGON SCORES AGAIN TO MAKE IT 46-16 — With 10:52 to play. All about covering that 35-point spread now for Oregon.
UW will fall to 3-6 on the year and has to win out to get to 6-6 and a bowl game.
A BAD DAY FOR UW’S COVERAGE UNITS — UW has now allowed an 80-yard KO return and a 79-yard punt return and Oregon may end up covering the spread after all.
OREGON WITH 400 YARDS — Despite all the sloppiness, Oregon ends the third quarter with exactly 400 yards. UW has 243.
AND NOW OREGON BREAKING IT OPEN — A five-play 54-yard drive now has Oregon ahead 39-16 with :24 seconds left in the third and now this game is starting to look like what everyone expected.
Oregon has three TDs in this quarter and again finishing fast. UW needs to take some time off the clock now to slow down the onslaught.
DUCKS WITH A REALLY QUICK DRIVE TO MAKE IT 32-16 — Nine plays, 76 yards in 3;04 to finally give Oregon a little distance. Still, UW within two possessions.
HUSKIES KEEP HANGING IN — A 31-yard Polk run sets up a 47-yard Folk FG and it’s 25-16 with 6:14 left in the third.
MORE OREGON MISTAKES KEEPING UW IN IT — Costa simply mishandled the snap and couldn’t get around Trufant so UW has the ball still down just 25-13. Ominously for Oregon, Costa was hurt on the play —- he has a history of knee issues.
MORE BAD SPECIAL TEAMS — UW’s coverage again a real issue as the 80-yard return sets up a quick Oregon TD and the Ducks lead 25-13 with 12:50 to play. Thomas hit Maehl from six yards out as Maehl beat Nate Williams in coverage.
THAT’S HOW YOU STAY IN GAMES LIKE THIS — An Oregon penalty wipes out a long gain and then UW forces a turnover and a short field to get a quick touchdown and close to within 18-13 with 13:11 to play. It’s still a game here.
HUSKIES GET THE BALL — Nate Williams forces a fumble and UW has the ball at the Oregon 17 with 13:19 in the third.
SO ARE YOU HAPPY AT THE HALF? — Considering the odds coming in, UW fans probably have to feel pretty good to be this close.
But Oregon gets the ball first to start the third quarter, and the Ducks have been really good in the second half, outscoring foes 107-31 in the third quarter and 73-7 in the fourth compared to 107-58 in the first and 152-47 in the second.
HALFTIME STATS — Oregon with 265 yards of total offense to 171 for the Huskies. Oregon has 113 yards rushing on 23 attempts, 34 on the one Thomas run. UW has 68 on 18, 25 on one run by Callier, who leads with 37 on four.
Thomas is 13-21 passing for 152 yards, however, along with a couple drops, so UW not really stopping the pass much.
Still, UW is in striking distance — considering the odds that’s saying something.
EIGHT FULL QUARTERS WITHOUT A TD FOR HUSKIES — No TDs since the 7:50 mark of the second at Arizona.
OREGON LEADS 18-6 AT HALFTIME — A better than expected showing for UW so far as this is far from a rout. Oregon started to dominate as the second quarter ended, and this has kind of been the Ducks’ MO at times to start slowly and then wear teams down late. But so far, the Huskies showing a lot of life at halftime and within striking distance.
PRICE PLAYING WELL — Price is 10-19 for 103 yards and had not to be impressed withy much of what he has done this half. He has shown good mobility, has thrown better than the numbers indicate with a couple drops in there, and seems very composed.
PENALTY EXPLAINED — UW appeared to have a TD on a pass to Kearse. But when Goodwin moved up on the line he covered up the tight end, making him ineligible. It becomes a penalty only once the pass is thrown, which is why it may seem like the flag was late.
UW gets on the board again with another Folk field goal to make it 18-6 with nine seconds left in the half.
OREGON SCORES AGAIN — And just like that it’s getting out of hand. Thomas runs 34 yards for a TD to make it 18-3 with 1:37 left in first half.
Oregon forced UW to punt and Harris then had a good punt return with only punter Kiel Rasp preventing a TD with a jersey tackle at midfield. But Oregon needed just two plays to score.
TAZ STEVENSON IN AT STRONG SAFETY — Played a lot on that last drive.
OREGON TAKES 11-3 LEAD — A methodical drive is capped by a 1-yard run by James. Beard, the kicker, then takes a handoff up the middle for two points to make it 11-3 with 5:13 to play. That was 10 plays, 62 yards in 3:31.
TOO MANY DROPS — At least two dropped passes, and you could maybe judge another, really hurting UW so far.
UW ON THE BOARD — Huskies would have liked to have more after an Aldrich fumble recovery gave them the ball at the Oregon 36. But they at least got an FG of 52 yards from Folk to tie the game at 3 with 8:44 to play.
That’s UW’s first points in the last 119 minutes and six seconds.
UW MOVES BUT MISSES FIELD GOAL — UW had a nice drive going, moving from its own 32 to the Oregon 32. But a first-down sack helped kill the drive. A couple nice plays with a jumbo package with Sylvester and Kanczugowski motioning to the strong side.
OREGON HAD A 93-56 EDGE IN YARDS — At the end of the first quarter.
OREGON TAKES 3-0 LEAD — Oregon finally scores on an 29-yard FG to make it 3-0 with 13:22 to play in second. A dropped pass on third down likely would have been a TD.
Aiyewa really playing well for UW, especially against the run, and Foster also playing well.
FIRST QUARTER ENDS SCORELESS — Has to be considered a major victory for UW to keep Oregon off the board here in the first quarter as it ends scoreless.
UW’s defense showing lots of life today.
But the offense has now gone seven quarters without a point.
UW THREE AND OUT — UW stopped for the fourth time this quarter — Rasp may set a record for punts this way. Oregon has ball at its own 12.
HUSKIES GET A STOP ON FOURTH DOWN — Oregon went for it on fourth and two at the UW 38 and James was stopped by a host of players, but mainly Foster, who is playing well. UW showing lots of life today.
HUSKIES GOT A STOP AND THEN PUNTED — UW defense playing well so far, stopping Oregon on the first three drives.
And the offense has shown some life with a 25-yard Callier run getting UW into Oregon territory.
But the drive ended there with two short passes and a 2-yard run getting only six yards.
Oregon has the ball at its own 15 with 5:48 to play in the first and no score.
UW ANOTHER THREE AND OUT — Price sacked on third and five, so UW has to punt again.
That’s 19 straight possessions without a score dating to the Arizona game.
HUSKIES GET A STOP — Already a better showing than last week as UW stops Oregon after one first drive. Oregon interfered with Bruns on the punt so UW will have the ball at
its own 30. Oregon looks a little sloppy early, and UW’s defense showed life on that last drive.
UW THREE AND OUT — Kearse broke open on first down but Price’s pass was short and broken up. A run and a penalty on Ryan Tolar then moved UW back to a third and 19, which UW didn’t get.
So Oregeon has the ball at its own 30.
OREGON WINS TOSS, DEFERS — So UW to get the ball first. And Marlion Barnett has been announced as the starter at TE with Izbicki out.
PRICE HAS CHANCE TO MAKE HIS CASE FOR FUTURE — A few of you asked questions about UW’s QB situation and how today’s game may impact the future. Certainly, a good performance by Price today would help his case. But I still think it would be open heading into the spring.
As for why UW has justs three scholarship QBs, the obvious reason is that Ronnie Fouch transferred in January, after it was pretty much too late to really get another one (certainly, another one that would be able to help this year).
Sarkisian has said that once they knew Fouch was unhappy, they weren’t going to talk him into staying, saying that they want players here who want to be here.
THEY JUST SHOWED THE KENNY WHEATON PLAY AGAIN — So kickoff is near.
HUSKY FANS? — Seems like a lot fewer UW fans here than in past games, thouth the crowd is still arriving. There’s usually a big pocket to the left of the press box kiddie corner to the end zone across from the student section. And it doesn’t seem to feature as much purple as I remember from past visits. But no mystery.
58 DEGREES AT KICKOFF — And a slight wind.
WARMUPS OVER, TEAMS OFF THE FIELD — As I type this at 12:19, the teams have lef the field and kickoff is about 17 minutes away.
CHRISTINE, HABBEN ON RIGHT SIDE OF LINE — Looks like those two will start on the right side of the line judging by the warmups.
LEONARD HERE AS A QB — Luther Leonard is warming up with the QBs, so UW has three QBs in uniform today — Price, Montana and Leonard. But Sarkisian has also said Cody Bruns and Jesse Callier could play the spot in a temporary emergency.
PRICE LOOKS FINE — To answer a question, Keith Price looks fine going through warmups.
PRE-GAME NOTES — Sorry for the delay — had a few other commitments here. So I’ll just start the game thread now.
Happy to answer some questions if you respond in the comments section — or simply send to me directly at email@example.com.
A couple quick notes:
— Chris Izbicki is not on the trip and will not play for the second straight week due to his lingering foot issue;
— Jake Locker has made the trip and is on the travel roster but is here in just a spectating role;
— The Huskies are wearing all-whites.
The picture is of the Huskies warming up before the game from our seat in the press box — we’re not that close, as you can tell.