Pac-10 Week 7 Notes and Observations: Washington Huskies

By Dave Consolazio, October 21, 2009 8:08 am

Washington Huskies 3-4 Overall (2-2 Conference)

This Week’s Score: Arizona State 24 – Washington 17

Next Week’s Opponent: Oregon

Hard to remember that there was a whole game played last Saturday; all that comes to mind is the one fateful play. For all of the accolades that Steve Sarkisian and Nick Holt have (deservedly) received, they deserve their share of criticism for flat out costing their team the game on Saturday.

I won’t pretend to know what would have happened if this game went to overtime; none of us know. But with the momentum tilted in Washington’s favor after outscoring the Devils 10-3 in the second half, Thomas Weber’s confidence waning at only 1/3 on FG tries (and having just missed one in the 4th), and one of the most clutch QBs in the conference in Jake Locker, I wouldn’t hate my chances.

Chris Polk rushes for six yards. 2nd and 4. Chris Polk rushes for three yards. 3rd and 1. With 81 yards to go and barely any time left on the clock, why is Steve Sarkisian calling for a pass here? “Just a poor call,” he later admitted. The risk to reward should have made this an extremely easy decision, but for whatever reason, the usually razor-sharp Coach Sark had a mental lapse.

But then the play that stunned us all. I get that you don’t want to give away the middle of the field and the underneath routes; but how in the world does Nick Holt call a play that doesn’t make the number one priority keeping the ball out of the endzone?

With 13 seconds to go at the 50 yard line, even if ASU does complete a 20 yard pass, it would still set up a 47-yard field goal attempt for a kicker that has already missed two from 40+ tonight. I’d much rather take my chances on that occurring than giving Danny Sullivan’s big arm a free shot for six.

I’m not a fan of Monday morning quarterbacking, and I usually give coaches the benefit of the doubt and understand that they know better than I do. But calling the coaching in the last minute of the game anything less than boneheaded is just being too nice.

The Huskies will try to regroup this week against hated rival Oregon. They play at another level at home, so this one should be interesting; but it sure would have been nice to come into this game with a two game winning streak instead of a second heartbreaking loss in three weeks.

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