Here’s the update that I’ll have in the Monday paper as the Huskies head into bye week:
Washington (2-3, 0-2) lost its third straight game and slipped below .500 for the first time this season with a 27-24 loss to No. 1 USC at Husky Stadium. However, that score does not reflect the Trojans statistical domination. USC mistakes left the door to a major upset ajar, but UW couldn’t push through.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
The Huskies played at less than their best and still took the nation’s top-ranked team into the final minute. UW played the Trojans evenly in the second half and actually outscored them in the fourth quarter. The defense held USC to 19 rushing yards in the fourth quarter when the Trojans wanted to run the clock.
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
Jake Locker’s passing accuracy is becoming a problem as UW ranks last in the league in passing offense and efficiency. Louis Rankin was held under 50 rushing yards for the fourth straight game, but the coaches won’t give anyone else a shot. The defense continues to surrender big plays and big numbers.
Safety Jason Wells suffered what is expected to be a long-term knee injury. Donald Butler is taking over at middle linebacker. Rankin is doing double-duty as kick returner. Cameron Elisara and Erick Lobos got increased snaps at Wilson Afoa’s DT spot. Freshman OL Matt Sedillo made his college debut.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Huskies move into a bye week that several coaches and players say is well timed for them to regroup physically and mentally. They return to action Oct. 13 at No. 18 Arizona State, the first of eight games over the remaining eight weeks of the regular season. UW must win five of those to be bowl eligible