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Oregon Game Recap

Posted by JoePa on August 31, 2008

Jake Locker looks downfield to find the next receiver to drop his pass

Jake Locker looks downfield to find the next receiver to drop his pass

Well, according to the Washington Husky Athletic Department, Washington suffered their first setback last night in Eugene.  They really should clarify that as their first setback this season.  By my count, this is actually Washington’s 27th setback in the past four seasons.  The first setback being when they hired Tyrone Willingham, and the following twenty-five setback in Ty’s first three seasons (records of 2-9, 5-7, and 4-9).

This brings the coach’s career record to one game under .500, with a 76-77-1 record, and an impressive 33-42 in Pac-10 play.

Now for the game.  I feel sorry for anybody who either watched the game on TV, or had to sit through it in person like I did.  The first quarter was abysmal, with Jake Locker trying as hard as he could to win this game with no apparent help from his coaches or teammates. 

First, it took about 10 minutes for him to complete his first pass.  I believe he started 0 for 6, with approximately 5 dropped balls and a pass interference.  This kept happening for the rest of the game, as he finished 12-28, but I would venture to say that at least 10 of his throws were dropped by his receivers.  While his numbers weren’t great, Locker played mistake-free football, all while running for his life en route to getting sacked 3 times.

Second, in a move straight out of Provo, UT, Washington unveiled its new defense: a 3-3-5.  This new defense gave Oregon’s offense fits, as it took Oregon an entire 4 plays to drive 63 yards on their first possession, and another 3 plays on their third possession to go 60 yards to make it 14-0 less than 10 minutes into the game.  Someone please tell me when a major conference team has sustained success running a 3-3-5 defense.

Third, Washington made things interesting in the second quarter, coming back and getting close at 14-10 before halftime.  However, I received this text message from a friend who had a lot of experience in the past watching Willingham-coached teams: “My prediction: no halftime adjustments and Oregon blows it open.  Just a hunch.”  And you know what happened?  Oregon came back in the second half, with their second- and third-string quarterbacks to score 30 unanswered points to finish the game 44-10, Ducks win.

Dawg fans, get used to that text message, as future games will all say the same thing, with just another school’s name instead of Oregon.

Making it look easy....and it probably was against that 5-3-3

Making it look easy....and it probably was against that 3-3-5

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