Notes from Washington after 45-24 loss to Oregon:
—- Starting left guard Dexter Charles left the game with a “sore” shoulder, UW coach Steve Sarkisian said. Erik Kohler (foot) made his 2013 debut at left guard after missing the first five games this season and last 11 of 2012.
—- Washington’s Bishop Sankey entered the day ranked 11th all-time in UW history with 2,358 rushing yards. His 167 yards today pushed him past four players into seventh all-time with 2,525 yards. He passed Rashaan Shehee (2,381), Rich Alexis (2,455), Louis Rankin (2,480) and Hugh McElhenny (2,499) and now trails sixth-place Jacque Robinson (2,636) by 111 yards.
—- Sankey surpassed 100 yards for the 12th time in his career to move into a tie for fourth-most in UW history. He has rushed for over 100 yards in nine of the last 11 games dating back to last season.
—- Sankey was the first opponent to surpass 100 yards rushing against Stanford last week and the first opponent to pass 100 vs. Oregon this season.
—- Keith Price entered the game needing nine passes to become the third Huskies
quarterback to attempt 1,000 for their career. His 1,023 attempts trail only Cody Pickett (1,429) and Jake Locker (1,147).
—- Oregon took the 7-0 lead at 6:22 of the first quarter. It was the first time the Huskies had trailed at home in 188:38 minutes of play at renovated Husky Stadium.
—- In the first quarter, Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught the 16th touchdown pass of his career. He is now tied with Lonzell Hill and Brian Slater for sixth most in UW history.
—- Oregon’s second quarter touchdown after Sankey’s fumble was the first time in seven UW turnovers that the opponent has scored following a Huskies’ giveaway.
—- For the fifth time in six games, Washington scored a touchdown on its opening third- quarter drive. The Huskies scored 17 points in the quarter and have outscored opponents 87-48 coming out of halftime. Oregon came into the game having given up just 7 points in all previous third quarters.
—- Price has 7,529 career passing yards and now trails Jake Locker (7,639) by 110 yards for second-most all-time. Cody Pickett is the all-time career leader with 10,220 career yards.
—- Sankey moved into a tie for eighth all-time in UW history collecting his 25th rushing and 26th career rushing touchdowns.
—- During the last two seasons (a19 game span) only two quarterbacks have passed for over 300 yards against UW. The last opponent before Marcus Mariota to do so was Jeff Tuel (350) in the 2012 Apple Cup.
Steve Sarkisian after Huskies’ loss to Oregon:
(opening statement) They’re a good football team. Their ranking is deservedly so. I thought our kids played hard, I thought we fought, I thought we showed a lot of resolve during the third quarter and battling back into the ball game. We just unfortunately had a hard time containing Marcus Mariota. He threw the ball extremely well and when we covered him, he ran. We tried to catch him. We tried to spot him, we tried to blitz him, we tried to contain him, but he played a tremendous game, he’s a hell of a player, and you have to give them a lot of credit, they’re a really good team. It’s unfortunate, but there were a couple of missed opportunities there. Obviously the first and goal from the five, we get the sack and it kind of knocks us back and we cant convert on the third down and had to settle for three right there to keep it an 11-point game instead of a seven-point game. When we had to become one-dimensional later in the game it made it easier on them. They rushed the passer and got some good one-on-one match-ups inside. We were at our best when we were able to run and throw it. But ultimately when we got one-dimensional they pulled from us, and when we had to start throwing it down the field they got the better of us. That’s a good team we lost to. It’s been two back-to-back weeks of really good football teams and I think our kids have showed a great deal of competitive spirit. I think they’ve shown that we can play with those guys. We played with Stanford for 60 minutes and we played with these guys for three and a half quarters. Unfortunately we just couldn’t get it done against two really good teams, but that doesn’t take away from our football team. We’re a good football team and we need to get back on the horse and we need to start preparing for Arizona State, because the biggest game of our season is next Saturday and we need to get ready for it.
(on the Bishop Sankey fumble) We were planning on that being four down territory, that’s why we ran on third down right there and we were going to go for it on fourth if he didn’t make it. We were in the fringe, we were moving the football. So that didn’t help. And then obviously the interception there didn’t help. Both of those. Turnovers are turnovers. When you turn it over twice and they don’t turn it over at all, it’s the number one stat in football that impacts wins and losses. I thought that both of our turnovers occurred in their territory so they took away potential points off the board for us and gave them possession. So I thought that both of those plays really had an impact on the outcome of the game.
(on Keith Price’s performance in the second quarter) We just didn’t execute great as an offensive football team. We had a couple of plays there where protection broke down and Keith maybe got a little bit unsettled. But to his credit I thought he settled back into the second-half and played well.
(on Oregon’s Marcus Mariota) I don’t have a Heisman vote but I’d be hard pressed to say we’ll see a better quarterback this year. That guy is special. I don’t know when he is planning on going to the NFL, but when he does, I think he’ll be a top five draft pick. He’s a hell of a player. To contain him we had a couple different plans depending on what their plan was and how we could play them. The general plan was to try to keep him in the pocket and then when he ran the ball to make sure we always had somebody with their eyes on him and go tackle him. Unfortunately when that happened he ran away from our guys that had their eyes on him. He’s just a difficult match-up. And when we really tried to bring more people to keep him there and get more one-on-one matchups down the field, they’re speed in the slot against our safeties I thought was a real factor in the game and he just threw accurate ball after accurate ball. What was our answer at that point? That’s what was frustrating for us.