Two drives, Jake Locker had a chance to go down and take the lead – and possibly a victory on the road.
Twice, the UW offense sputtered.
The last chance to win came at the 1:55 mark. Facing a fourth-and-7 at the Cougars’ 27, Locker tried hitting tight end Chris Izbicki quickly down the middle – only to have his pass batted down by Eathyn Manamaleuna at the line of scrimmage.
The ball popped up. Izbicki made a fair effort to get to the ball before it dropped, as did others. But was it was an incompletion.
Earlier in the quarter, facing a fourth-and-2 at the BYU 23, coach Steve Sarkisian elected to go for it trailing 23-17. Locker tried going deep under pressure, and BYU’s Brian Logan knocked it out of the hands of Jermaine Kearse in the end zone.
The UW was shut out in the second half. Obviously, for those who watched, Locker was not sharp – and tailback Chris Polk was a lost asset for much of the second half.
The road skid has now reached 13 games, dating back to 2007.