The Huskies fell to 0-3 with a 55-14 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners. That was the most one-sided loss and the second-most points allowed since coach Tyrone Willingham arrived in 2005. Also of concern, it represented regression since the Huskies' 37-20 loss at Oklahoma in Willingham's second season.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
Quarterback Jake Locker lead the Huskies with 44 rushing yards (60 not counting sacks) and completed 16 of 24 passes. D'Andre Goodwin led UW in receiving for the third straight game. Ten true freshmen are getting instant experience, including safety Johri Fogerson who had nine tackles in his debut.
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
Washington ranks 116th out of 119 Bowl Subdivision teams in total defense, 112th in scoring defense, 111th in pass defense and 109th in rushing defense. On offense, the team averaged 2.6 yards per rush. The Huskies, who had been solid in ball security, lost three fumbles. And they went 0-for-3 on field goal tries.
Tight end Michael Gottlieb returned from a hamstring injury, but he caught no passes and his time came at the expense of Kavario Middleton, who came into the game as UW's second-leading receiver and was shut out. No significant new injuries were reported, but the secondary was already down to fumes.
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THE WEEK AHEAD
Washington has a week off before returning to action Sept. 27 against Stanford (1-2) at Husky Stadium. The bye may help restore the Huskies physically, but it could be mentally testing as sports talk radio and Internet message boards are sure to be sizzling with complaints about this 0-3 start.