Well that did’t go so well for the Huskies. But really, I had no expectation that they could win at LSU. The Tigers were just a bad matchup for a beat up Husky team.
From my game story ….
“I think it’s a pretty clear to the naked eye that’s a pretty good football team that really got after us,” coach Steve Sarkisian said. “They’re number three in the country for a reason.”
Washington came into the game a 24-point underdog and looked every bit of it. Any hopes of an upset died in the first quarter.
The final numbers were ugly.
Washington managed 183 yards of total offense compared to LSU’s 437.
Washington was held to 26 yards rushing on 24 carries, while LSU rushed for 242 yards on 52 carries.
Keith Price was 17-for-36 passing for 158 yards with an interception.
But beyond the numbers, LSU dominated the game physically.
“We were able to run when we wanted to and able to throw when we needed to,” Tigers coach Les Miles said.
My game notebook talks about the UW running game or complete lack thereof …. After two games, the Huskies are averaging 2.2 yards per carry. And that just isn’t going to work.
Coach Steve Sarkisian lamented the lack of identity for the offense.
“We were trying to find something that gets us going,” he said. “What are our bread and butter, who is our bread and butter, what are the type of plays we have to get our rhythm back and get going? Moving the ball and calling plays are easy when things are going good. It’s when it gets hard, then where do you find your yards? … We have had a tough time of finding that the last two weeks.”
But a big reason that identity is absent is because the Huskies’ running attack is non-existent.
Sarkisian can’t rely on getting yards on the ground. The Husky offense had minus-11 yards rushing in the first half and finished with 26 yards on 24 attempts.
“We just had hard time on first-and-10 football,” Sarkisian said.
So much of Sarkisian’s offense is based on being balanced. The Huskies are far from it.
The issues are clear. The loss of Chris Polk is glaring and far more significant than the Huskies hoped because of the injury to Jesse Callier.
Another major issue has been the injuries and inconsistency to the offensive line.
The loss of Ben Riva to a broken forearm against San Diego State forced Washington to move Erik Kohler from right guard to right tackle and insert untested sophomore James Atoe at right guard. The line took another hit midway into the game when Kohler suffered another dislocated kneecap. He is likely out three to four weeks.