Saturday’s 52-17 loss at Arizona was obviously a major comedown for a Washington defense that had been a bright spot through most of the first six games.
And while there were issues everywhere, most surprising might have been some of the breakdowns in a secondary that is veteran-laden and had been maybe the strength of the entire team in the first half.
But UW’s secondary put up little resistance against the Wildcats as Arizona QB Matt Scott needed just 14 completions to throw for 256 yards and four touchdowns.
Most frustrating to the Huskies is that they felt most of the long plays could have been prevented. UW cornerback Desmond Trufant spoke to the media today and said a review of the game has shown that it was Washington’s own errors that were largely to blame.
“Sometimes guys make plays,” he said. “But we can’t make mental errors and execution errors in the secondary, having bad eyes. That’s something we can control.”
Trufant didn’t argue that it’s a little surprising to see that happen at this stage of the season and said “I think we’ve just got to compete better when it’s game time. …. we’ve got to have all of our energy for the game and go out there and execute.”
UW has struggled most on defense against up-tempo, no-huddle spread teams. But Trufant said that shouldn’t have mattered, saying “it comes back to us. They made more plays than we did. They beat us more times than we won. So we’ve just got to, when it (plays) presents themselves, we’ve got to make our plays.”
The task this week is a little different with Oregon State running more of a regular-tempo, pro-style offense.
Trufant said what makes Oregon State unique is that “they take more shots down the field. … so we’ve got to be on top, definitely.”
You can see more of what Trufant had to say in the video below:
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