Our weekly postgame look back and ahead:
Washington (2-4, 0-3) lost its fourth straight game, 44-20, at Arizona State. As has become their trend through this losing streak, the Huskies were competitive through the first half and then dug themselves a deep hole with a scoreless third quarter. Players and coaches seemed unsure why this is happening.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
The Huskies have proven that they can play with anyone in the country for 30 minutes. Jake Locker and Marcel Reece connected on a picture-perfect 36-yard touchdown pass. Darin Harris had an interception in his first start for injured safety Jason Wells. Louis Rankin ran for 80 yards, his best game since the opener.
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
There aren't many teams the Huskies can beat if they continue to concede points and momentum in the third quarter. The defense continues to give up the big play, including runs of 76, 57 and 34 yards. UW completed only 10 of 30 passes. The Huskies uncharacteristically hurt themselves with unforced penalties.
Leading tackler E.J. Savannah and starting guard Casey Bulyca were held out of the starting lineup due to what coach Tyrone Willingham called "a simple disciplinary thing." No pronosis is available for offensive tackle Ben Ossai (ankle) and receiver Quintin Daniels (sprained knee). Reserve TBs finally played, but Rankin seemed displeased.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The seventh-ranked Oregon Ducks (5-1, 2-1) come to Husky Stadium on Saturday. The Ducks have won three straight in the series, all by 20 points or more. This season, UO sends the Pac-10's top scoring offense against a defense that has been susceptible to big plays. Coach Tyrone Willingham admits concern about his team's mental state.