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That 0-1 start: Looking back and forward

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2008 at 3:43 pm with No Comments »
August 31, 2008 3:43 pm

Here’s look back at the Oregon game (just what you need) from today’s paper. And here’s how it looked to the Eugene Register-Guard.

And below my quicker version:


The Huskies opened the season with a 44-10 loss at No. 21 Oregon, which was disappointing in a variety of ways. In cold numbers, UW is now 0-1 on the season and in Pac-10 play. However, it also was psychologically painful as all those new faces produced a distressingly family result.


A lot of Huskies who had no college experience now have some. It wasn’t what they dreamed of, but now they have a better understanding of the college game. The saying goes if it didn’t kill them, it should make them stronger. TE Kavario Middleton was the rare freshman who exceeded expectations.


The offensive line didn’t live up to its advance billing as the strength of the team. Those faster and more athletic young receivers weren’t able to get separation from the skilled Oregon secondary. Ed Donatell’s defense gave up too many big plays. Jake Locker completed less than half his passes again.


No major new injuries were reported. Locker’s hamstring strain seemed mostly a non-issue. And center Juan Garcia completed his amazing comeback. However, the Huskies apparently missed the blocking of tight end Michael Gottlieb, and they certainly could have used veteran safety Jason Wells in the secondary.


In terms of national rankings, Washington steps up in class this week as No. 16 Brigham Young visits Husky Stadium. The Cougars opened their BCS-bowl quest with a 41-17 thrashing of Northern Iowa. UW’s preseason optimism took a body shot last week, and a big performance is needed to restore it.

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