I’m a few days late on this but I was a bit busy and don’t have much to say about this game. I’ll keep it short and then talk about the rest of the Pac-12 tomorrow.
Before I recap the disaster that was Saturday night, I’d be remiss to not mention the announcement that the Sonics Arena Deal will be passed. Chris Hansen has bent over backwards to get this deal done and now, we’re only a few steps away from getting an NBA team here. Hansen seems to be one of the most likeable guys around and the whole city needs to send him a few thank you cards. Our city will be better because of this deal, not just because of the enhancement of the NBA being here but also because of the traffic problems being taken care of and the cleaning up of the Sodo District. It’s a great day to be living in Seattle.
Also, I’d like to thank any veterans and members of the military on this day we remember. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost someone on this day 11 years ago.
So, on to Saturday night. There’s not much to say, because I generally try to stay positive. The Dawgs were beaten, stepped on, beaten, and then curb-stomped a few times. Sure, the game started well on the first play and the Huskies took an early lead, but the game was over once the Huskies had to settle for a field goal. Who knows what happens if Bishop Sankey or Jaydon Mickens holds on to the ball and the Dawgs get a quick 7 on the board. They still would have lost, but an early bit of confidence could do a young team wonders. It was like LSU was going to play rope-a-dope with the Dawgs, then felt their measly jab to the ribs, and decided to just K.O. them sooner rather than later.
Thomas Tutogi and Danny Shelton had good games. Otherwise, can you point to anyone who had a good game? I can’t. If you can, let me know in the comments. Erik Kohler was lost to another injury. Travis Feeney might be out for a few weeks. The team was just dominated physically.
My general feeling is that I’m tired of watching that happen. I thought this team would compete with the best this year and they definitely didn’t. They’ve been bit by the injury bug, but that’s not an excuse for getting beat 41-3. It’s one game, but for the first time in the Sark era, you have to worry about progress a little bit. He’s done a great job with this program and by no means is in the hot seat but the team can’t keep getting blown out in these games.
This week they need to throttle Portland State. They need to beat them the way Oregon would. It will put everyone’s mind at ease. They need to average 5 or 6 yards a carry. Keith Price needs to have a high completion percentage, look efficient and then get out of the game by the 4th quarter. The defense needs to score a touchdown (they have in both games so far, unless you count that blown call by SEC officials) and limit yardage. No, they don’t need to do these things to win but they need to do them for their own confidence and to keep the fan base patient. Stanford comes in a few weeks later and the Huskies need to have shown that they’ll be ready.
Shane Brostek will play in his first game on Saturday. He is a true freshman who will see time at right guard. I wish he could have red-shirted but the offensive line needs help and if he can make them improve then I’m all for it. This week is a chance for the Dawgs to get healthy and dominate in all aspects of the game. Let’s hope they get that done. After Saturday, they could use something that goes according to plan.