It's that time to take our weekly look back at Oregon and then turn ahead to the Arizona Wildcats:
Washington (2-5 overall, 0-4 Pacific-10 Conference) remained even with No. 7 Oregon for three quarters before dropping a fifth-straight game, 55-34. It was the Huskies' top scoring output since the opener at Syracuse. The No. 7 Ducks were Washington's fifth ranked opponent over the first seven weeks.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
UW ended its third-quarter blues by outscoring the Ducks, 14-7. Quarterback Jake Locker threw for career highs with 257 yards and four touchdowns. Tailback Louis Rankin ran effectively (73 yards) and caught a career-long 43-yard TD pass. The team fought back after quickly falling behind 14-0.
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
Oregon rushed for 465 yards. UW is now allowing 241.7 rushing yards per game this season, the second-to-last run defense in all of the Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A). That's 118th out of 119 teams. Wins will remain few and far between until that total drops significantly.
Linebacker Donald Butler suffered a knee bruise that could keep him out a while. FB Luke Kravitz, C Juan Garcia and LB E.J. Savannah all sustained what seem to be less serious injuries. OT Chad Macklin played despite the death of his grandfather last week. True freshman Brandon Johnson emerged as No. 2 tailback.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Arizona (2-6, 1-4) arrives at Husky Stadium at noon Saturday, which signals the beginning of the relatively easier portion of the schedule. (Other games: at Stanford, at Oregon State, Cal, WSU and at Hawaii). Washington must win five of those to reach bowl eligibility, so Saturday projects as either rejuvenation or devastation.