Washington (2-1) led Top 10 Ohio State at halftime, 7-3. However, the Huskies gave up two touchdowns in a 39-second stretch of the third quarter and never recovered. As a growth chart against a national contender, UW seemed able to compete adequately in some areas, but was ultimately didn't quite measure up.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
The Huskies lost due to specific failures on specific plays, but they weren't simply pushed around the field. Linebackers Donald Butler and E.J. Savannah rose to the challenge of playing without injured leader Dan Howell. Jake Locker ran for 102 yards against what had been the nation's top-rated defense.
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
Locker threw three interceptions, with at least one due to a mistake in reading the defense. Tailback Louis Rankin was held under 50 yards rushing for the second straight week. Washington receivers dropped several passes, and defenders dropped at least two interceptions. A UW field goal attempt was blocked for the second week.
Howell was a game-time scratch due to a knee injury, forcing Kyle Trew into his first start. Rankin is playing through several health issues, including a sore ankle. Anthony Russo reinjured a hand. Ohio State's 68-yard game-changing touchdown pass underscored the need for cornerback Byron Davenport (hamstring).
THE WEEK AHEAD
Pac-10 play begins Saturday at UCLA (2-1), which fell out of the rankings after a 44-6 loss to previously winless Utah. The Bruins committed five turnovers and were held without a touchdown for the first time in four years. The Utes embarrassed UCLA, 30-0, in the second half. Now, how will the Bruins respond? And how will the Huskies?