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Washington Huskies 2013 ...
Head Coach: Steve Sarkisian
Washington 27, Washington State 17
| 2013 Record: 8-4|
8/31 Boise State W 38-6
9/7 OPEN DATE
9/14 at Illinois W 34-24
9/21 Idaho State W 56-0
9/28 Arizona W 31-13
10/5 at Stanford L 31-28
10/12 Oregon L 45-24
10/19 at Arizona State L 53-24
10/26 California W 41-17
11/2 OPEN DATE
11/9 Colorado W 59-7
11/15 at UCLA L 41-31
11/23 at Oregon St W 69-27
11/29 Washington St W 27-17
Basically … Washington’s offense woke up in the second half with 17 third quarter points helped by a seven-yard Bishop Sankey run, an 18-yard Austin Seferian-Jenkins catch, and the second Travis Coons field goal of the game. Washington State pushed back Connor Halliday’s second touchdown pass of the game on a five-yard throw to Dom Williams, but Keith Price put the game away for the Huskies on a two-yard run.
- Washington RB Bishop Sankey ran 34 times for 200 yards and a score.
- Washington State QB Connor Halliday completed 32-of-59 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns with two picks.
- Washington State averaged 4.8 yards per play and 1.9 yards per run.
- Washington QB Keith Price completed 15-of-20 passes for 181 yards and a score with a pick.
Washington 69, at Oregon State 27
Basically … Washington obliterated the Beavers scoring the first 48 points helped by Bishop Sankey touchdown runs from three, five and eight yards, and punctuated by an 80-yard Shaq Thompson pick six. The Beavers finally got on the board in the fourth quarter on a 29-yard Brandin Cooks touchdown catch, but the Huskies kept on rolling with Deonte Cooper running for his second short score of the game and Dwayne Washington tearing off the first of two touchdown dashes, scoring from 32 and 71 yards away.
- Washington RB Bishop Sankey ran 23 times for 179 yards and three scores, Deonte Cooper ran 11 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns, and Dwayne Washington ran 11 times for 141 yards and two scores.
- Oregon State QB Sean Mannion completed 20-of-41 passes for 229 yards and a score with three picks.
- Washington QB Cyler Miles completed 15-of-24 passes for 162 yards and a score.
- Turnovers: Oregon State 4 – Washington 0
at UCLA 41 … Washington 31
Basically … Linebacker/running back Myles Jack ran for four scores from short range, but UCLA had to keep fighting late to get by a plucky Washington. Husky quarterback Keith Price suffered an injured shoulder, but Cyler Miles stepped in and helped UW go on a 17-point run to pull within three in the third quarter. Jack’s third touchdown and a 40-yard Devin Lucien touchdown catch helped the Bruins to pull away.
- Washington committed 11 penalties for 113 yards and turned it over four times, and UCLA committed seven for 81 yards and gave it up twice.
- UCLA LB/RB Myles Jack ran 13 times for 59 yards and four scores, to go along with five tackles.
- Before getting hurt, Keith Price completed 10-of-18 passes for 181 yards and a score, and Cyler Miles stepped in and completed 15-of-22 passes for 149 yards and two scores with two picks.
- UCLA QB Brett Hundley completed 13-of-22 passes for 159 yards and two scores.
at Washington 59, Colorado 7
Basically … Keith Price threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores, and the Washington defense came up with two touchdowns on a Tre Watson 84-yard interception return and a 53-yard Marcus Peters fumble return for a score in the third. Colorado scored in the first quarter on a 53-yard touchdown catch from Paul Richardson, and then it was all Huskies as they scored 49 unanswered points.
- Washington QB Keith Price completed 22-of-29 passes for 312 yards and two scores, and he ran seven times for 29 yards and two touchdowns.
- Washington outgained the Buffs 628 yards to 299. The Huskies had an almost perfect balance with 312 yards passing and 316 rushing.
- Colorado QB Sefu Liufau completed 12-of-22 passes for 160 yards and a score with two interceptions.
- Washington RB Bishop Sankey ran 23 times for 143 yards and a score, and he caught four passes for 53 yards.
at Washington 41, California 17
Basically … Washington had no problems whatsoever scoring 17 first quarter points helped by a 68-yard Jaydon Mickens scoring play, and he added a 47-yard touchdown catch in the third. Bishop Sankey started out the scoring with a three-yard touchdown run, and he later added a 59-yarder in the blowout. Cal got in the end zone in the second quarter on a five-yard Chris Harper touchdown catch, but it was 38-7 in the fourth before Vincenzo D’Amato field goal and a 73-yard Khalfani Muhammad scoring dash.
- The Huskies bounced back from some clunkers with a terrific effort, ripping up 642 yards with 376 through the air from Keith Price and 241 rushing yards from Bishop Sankey. Everything worked, and while the secondary gave up big yards, it didn’t matter. There was lots of bending, but little breaking when the game mattered.
- The Huskies got past their ugly three-game losing streak in a big way, and the fun should continue with Colorado up next. Will two easy wins – the Buff game will be easy – be enough for the Huskies to be ready to roll on the road for UCLA and Oregon State? If Price and Sankey can keep doing this, yes.
at Arizona State 53, Washington 24
Basically … Bishop Sankey gave Washington a 7-0 lead, and then it was all Arizona State with a 29-point first half run helped by two Taylor Kelly touchdown passes and a one-yard run. Washington stayed alive in the second half with a 70-yard Kevin Smith touchdown grab, but Kelly ran for his second one-yard score and Marion Grice scoring runs from one and 14 yards in the second half to put the game well out of reach.
- Arizona State absolutely destroyed the Washington offensive front. The line has been strong all year, but it was dominant in the backfield with seven sacks coming from all sides. The Husky running game didn’t go anywhere, and the ASU offense took advantage. Marion Grice continues to be a scoring machine with 158 rushing yards and two scores to go along with 37 receiving yards and a touchdown.
- It’s not fair to Arizona State to suggest that Washington lost its mojo after a few painful losses, but it didn’t seem to have the same steam it showed in the fight with Stanford and the loss to Oregon. This was the There’s Nothing To Really Play For performance, and now the Huskies are sunk into Pac-12 mediocrity.
- The Dawgs were thoroughly whipped on the lines, but they managed a decent pass rush from several sides and they got into the backfield enough to be disruptive. Princeton Fuimaono came up with 12 tackles and half a sack, but too many plays were made down the field and there weren’t enough third down stops. ASU toyed with the UW D in the second quarter.
- How dominant were the Sun Devils? They outgained Washington 314 rushing yards to -5 and held on to the ball for over 38 minutes. They might not be in Oregon and Stanford’s class, but they’re in the mix for the South title if the offense can keep playing like this.
Oregon 45, at Washington 24
Basically … Bishop Sankey ran for his second score of the third quarter – cranking up a 60-yarder and then a 25-yard dash – to pull Washington to within seven going into the fourth, and then Marcus Mariota took over. The Oregon quarterback ran for a five-yard score and found Bralon Addison for a three-yard score as the Ducks survived a major test. Mariota threw three touchdown passes on the day, with two to Addison and a 65-yarder to Josh Huff, and Byron Marshall ran for two first half scoring runs, but Sankey brought the Huskies back to make it a fight before the Ducks dominated the final 15 minutes.
- Oregon really did control the game, even if it didn’t seem like it in the third quarter. The Ducks kept the ball for almost 11 minutes in the fourth quarter as Marcus Mariota connected on third down play after third down play – he was in total command. The Heisman candidate completed 24-of-31 passes for 366 yards and three scores, and he ran 13 times for 88 yards and a score.
- For the second week in a row, Washington showed that it’s really, really good, but not good enough. Bishop Sankey is unstoppable, running for 167 yards and two scores, and Keith Price did a decent job at times, but the offense couldn’t go on any major marches in the fourth and there wasn’t anything explosive in the passing game.
- Now what? Washington lost to the two big boys in the North, and now it’s going to take a minor miracle to win the tie-breakers – and get a few losses from the Ducks – to play for the Pac-12 title. The last two losses might hurt, but not showing up for next week’s road game at Arizona State would make things worse.
- Once again, Oregon was challenged in a huge moment in the Pac-12, and once again it won by double digits and came up with a ton of yards. The Ducks outgained the Huskies 631 yards to 376. They were more dynamic, they were sharper when they had to be, and they have Marcus Mariota.
at Stanford 31, Washington 28
Basically … Ty Montgomery returned the opening kickoff for a score and caught a 39-yard, perfectly thrown touchdown pass from Kevin Hogan at the end of the first half to give Stanford control, but that wouldn’t last. The Cardinal never trailed, but Washington wouldn’t go away with Bishop Sankey running for two scores and Jaydon Mickens catching Keith Price’s second touchdown pass of the game with just under three minutes to play. The UW defense held and gave Price one final shot, but the offense turned the ball over on downs when a fourth down catch was overturned by replay.
- Stanford had an answer for just about everything Washington was able to do. The offense didn’t work all that hot, and Kevin Hogan struggled outside of his brilliant scoring pass to Ty Montgomery at the end of the first half, but when Washington scored, the offense responded.
- Washington might have lost, but it gained a major measure of respect in a tough fight. QB Keith Price fought through an injured thumb to throw for 350 yards and two scores, and Bishop Sankey was Bishop Sankey with 125 yards and two scores, but it was a fight to play catch-up all game long after giving up the opening kickoff for a score.
- The ultra-aggressive Stanford defense came up with five sacks and 11 tackles for loss, and Shayne Skov kept the UW running game in check with 14 tackles, but it struggled under duress. The Cardinal won, but it was a fight. Hogan and the passing game have to be better.
- With ten penalties and the breakdowns on special teams – allowing 204 yards on kickoff returns to Ty Montgomery and the key opening play score – Washington had to fight and press. There were a few too many mistakes, but the Dawgs proved they could hang with the big boys.
at Washington 31, Arizona 13
Basically … Bishop Sankey carried the workload and the Washington offense, but it was two short touchdown passes from Keith Price and a two-yard scoring run from Jessie Callier that helped put the game away. Arizona hung around with a one-yard touchdown run from Ka’Deem Carey late in the first half to make it 11-6 UW, but the deficit never got closer than five points. Sankey added a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to answer Arizona’s second score, a seven-yard B.J. Denker run in the third.
- Bishop Sankey deserves a few days off. He carried the ball 40 times for 161 yards and a score in a true workmanlike effort. Keith Price did his part for the passing game, throwing for 165 yards and two touchdowns, but this game was all about Sankey.
- Arizona didn’t play well, and it was getting beaten up a bit, but it still managed to stay in the game until late. The final score might not look great, but there were chances to make it a lot different. The Wildcats just never came through.
- Ka’Deem Carey did his part with 132 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, but it’s hard to get too much of the spotlight with Sankey running ten more times and getting the win.
- Washington held up really, really well against the dangerous Arizona running game. Carey had a great game, but linebackers Shaq Thompson and Princeton Fuimaono each came up with 13 stops. They kept the big plays to a minimum.
at Washington 56, Idaho State 0
Basically … Bishop Sankey played a few series and came up with a three-yard touchdown run in the first few minutes, and then there weren’t any issues from there as Jesse Callier ran for an eight-yard score and Keith Price ran for a score and threw three second quarter touchdown passes on the way to a 42-0 halftime lead. Deontae Cooper, the one-time star recruit who suffered major knee injuries, got in the game late and scored on a four-yard run.
- The Huskies did whatever they wanted offensively in an easy tune-up. Keith Price got in a little more work than he needed, completing 16-of-21 passes for 213 yards and three scores, but Bishop Sankey got out almost immediately after running for 77 yards and a score on four carries. This was a game for the depth, and it was a perfect time to get Cooper into the mix after his long journey through injures. He finished with 59 yards and a score on 14 carries.
- It was that type of game with lots and lots of mistakes – Idaho State committed ten penalties for 65 yards – but the 16 penalties for 130 yards showed a little bit of a lack of focus. The Huskies didn’t need to be all there mentally to win this with ease, but now it’s on with Arizona up next and Stanford and Oregon to follow. The Huskies can’t get flagged 16 times and win those games.
Washington 34, at Illinois 24, Sept. 14
Basically … In Chicago, Bishop Sankey ran for 208 yards and a score, and Keith Price threw two touchdown passes including a 31-yarder to Sankey, but Illinois fought back. Down 31-10 after a nine-yard touchdown catch from Jaydon Mickens, Illinois responded with a 72-yard Ryan Lankford touchdown catch and a two-yard Aaron Bailey run to get within seven, but UW pulled away for good with a 32-yard Travis Coons field goal.
- Illinois hung around with a terrific team even though Nathan Scheelhaase had an awful game completing 9-of-25 passes for 156 yards and a score with a pick.
- The Washington skill players showed up. Bishop Sankey ripped off big run after big run, but he wasn’t alone with Jesse Callier coming up with a 39-yard scoring dash. Keith Price was brilliant, pushing the offense early and testing the Illini corners deep. He was razor sharp.
- How did the Huskies let the Illini back into the game? Mistakes. The 12 penalties for 104 yards were way too many, and the two fumbles were a problem.
- Illinois couldn’t do anything consistently well. Everything went wrong, and yet the game was still in doubt late. Last year’s Illinois team would’ve folded at 31-10.
at Washington 38, Boise State 6, Aug. 31
Basically … Washington opened up its new home with a bang, breaking open a tight game in the third quarter with Keith Price touchdown passes for Kasen Williams and Joshua Perkins. Bishop Sankey and Dwayne Washington added fourth quarter touchdown runs to help the Huskies close out with 28 unanswered points.
- What happened to the Boise State defense? It was expected to go through a year of transformation, but the line wasn’t even close in the second half as it struggled to get to Keith Price and couldn’t hold turn Dawg running game in check. UW ran for 268 yards averaging five yards per carry.
- There’s a chance that Washington is just that good. Boise State didn’t play well, and the offense failed to get into the end zone, but Steve Sarkisian has built the program into potentially something special. Give it a few weeks to properly judge this.
- Boise State was active defensively, but it made too many plays down the field. Just when it seemed like things were changing with one good play, the D was gouged the next play.
- There wasn’t any pass rush from the Washington defensive front, but it didn’t matter. Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick didn’t have too many open receivers to work with. The Huskies got dinked on, but they didn’t give up anything major. The Broncos’ biggest pass play was just 16 yards.
Why To Get Excited … the Huskies used a ton of sophomores in 2012 … and they’re all bucking to ascend to a higher level of play this fall. The program is flush with returning starters, especially on defense, where only CB Desmond Trufant leaves a glaring void in the lineup. A half-dozen defenders were named honorable mention All-Pac-12 as underclassmen, lending hope that U-Dub is poised to build on a strong finish for coordinator Justin Wilcox.
Why To Be Grouchy … the offensive line should be healthier than it was last season, but will it be any better? Many of an underachieving offense’s problems stemmed from a banged-up line that finished 102nd nationally in sacks allowed. Sure, QB Keith Price regressed from his breakout sophomore season, but many of his problems stemmed from not getting enough time to set his feet in the pocket. If Price gets proper support from his blockers, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, RB Bishop Sankey and WR Kasen Williams will form a dynamite trio.
The Number One Thing To Work On Is … Price. In 2011, the Huskies quarterback was +25 in touchdowns to turnovers. A year ago, that number plummeted to +8. While the descent was not all his fault, he was clearly not the same player he was in his debut. If Washington is going to make the trek from mediocrity to North Division contenders, it’ll need a few things to happen. Topping the list will be to get Price right in his final season in Seattle.
Non-Conference Games: Boise State, at Illinois Idaho State
Games Against The South: Arizona, at Arizona State, Colorado at UCLA
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4
Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Boise State, at Illinois, Idaho State, Arizona, Oregon, California, Colorado, Washington State
Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Stanford, at Arizona State, at UCLA, at Oregon State
Schedule Analysis: The Huskies have a good enough team returning to beat anyone on the schedule, but they’re going to be tested from start to finish with Boise State coming into Seattle to kick things off and a trip to Illinois potentially tougher than it might seem. Fortunately, there’s a week off before the game against the Illini and there’s a week off against Idaho State before starting the Pac-12 season with Arizona from the South. Missing USC is always nice and getting Colorado is a break, but having to play Arizona State and UCLA on the road is a bad interdivisional break.
The conference fates could be determined by mid-October with a trip to Stanford and a home game against Oregon sandwiched in between the games against the Arizona schools. There’s a good midseason break with California, a week off, and Colorado before having to go on the road to face UCLA and Oregon State. As last year proved, the Apple Cup against Washington State to close out the regular season is never a layup.
Team Concerns For 2013: It was supposed to be a rough season with a tough schedule, and the Huskies managed to rally through it to finish with a winning record. However, the offense didn't work like it was supposed to with a
mediocre running game and an underwhelming season from Keith Price. With ten starters returning to the attack, it needs to be more explosive. The defense that finished last in the Pac-12 in tackles for loss and struggled with the pass rush. The punting game was the worst in the conference with Travis Coons averaging under 40 yards per kick and the team netting just 34.8 yards per punt.
The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Skill players. A year after loading up on quarterbacks, and two years after bringing in some nice receivers, Steve Sarkisian has come up with a whopper of a class for the passing game. Troy Williams had his pick of places to go, but he'll be groomed to be in the fight for the stating job in a few years. Demorea Stringfellow
is a fantastic receiver catch, while John Ross and Darrell Daniels
aren't far behind. The defensive line got just as much talent with Joe
Mathis for the end and Elijah Qualls at tackle. Jermaine Kelly will
eventually become a lockdown starting corner, but getting Patrick
Enewally on Signing Day was better. Getting linebacker Keishawn Bierria
put a cap on a great offseason.
2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 34. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. Everything is fine for the moment with Keith Price firmly entrenched as the main man, and with a good pecking order behind him, but the coaching staff is looking ahead to 2014 while upgrading the depth. Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles are big passers who fit what Steve Sarkisian wants to do with his offense, and the receivers will be in place with a good haul last year and a few good prospects coming in this season.
2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 20. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. Jake Locker would’ve loved to have had this group to throw to. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a tall, talented tight end who might could be special very, very soon. Kasen Williams isn’t a blazer, but he’s a big, physical receiver who’ll the team’s No. 1 target when he’s ready. Josh Perkins and Jamaal Jones aren’t going to break any stopwatches, but they’ll fight for the ball. Bishop Shankey could be an interesting back to work into the mix right away. Defensively, the strength is on the defensive front with Taniela Tupou leading a big group.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 10. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Linebackers.
Steve Sarkisian, with a full year to work, came up
with a phenomenal class with the type of infusion of
talent to make Washington a player in the Pac 10
race for the next few years. The key piece to the
puzzle is Sean Parker, an NFL-caliber safety who was
given the full court press by USC, Cal, Michigan,
Notre Dame, and Tennessee, but will be the sheriff
of the Dawg secondary. Nick Montana, Joe's son, will
get a year to groom behind Jake Locker, and Deontae
Cooper is the running back the program has been
missing. Underappreciated was the pickup of two
future All-Pac 10 guards, Eric Kohler and Colin
Porter, and DT Sione Potoae, a sure-thing NFL run
plugger. Seven linebackers were signed including
Chris Young, a big-hitting outside defender, and
Victor Burnett, a pure inside linebacker who should
become the leader in the middle.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 66. That Class Was
Heavy On ... defense. Steve Sarkisian spent almost all of his recruiting muscle trying to rebuild a defense that allowed more than 38 points a game a year ago. Every level of the defense received attention, with special concentration going to the defensive tackles and cornerbacks. Linebackers Tim Tucker and Andru Pulu, in particular, might be good enough to dodge a redshirt year and contribute on special teams and defense right away.