Washington (0-8 overall, 0-5 Pac-10) went against the best the conference has to offer and fell far short, 56-0, at Southern California. It was the first time the Huskies failed to score since 2001 at USC and their worst shutout loss since 1973. UW is the only major college team still winless.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
Very little, obviously. However, UW now moves into a three-game stretch against teams near the bottom of the league – including two at home. It may also help that the Huskies will have had another week to adjust to the idea that their coach will be replaced at the end of the season.
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
For the second consecutive week, no unit could be considered anywhere near good enough. The offense didn't get a first down until midway through the second quarter. The defense gave up touchdowns on USC's first six possessions. Quarterback Ronnie Fouch threw three interceptions.
Pre-existing injuries pushed safety Tripper Johnson and cornerback Matt Moseley into the starting lineup. Johnson was in on 11 tackles, but USC receivers had a field day. DT Cameron Elisara left the game with a shoulder injury. However, no health updates are expected until Monday afternoon.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Arizona State (2-6, 1-4) visits Husky Stadium at 4 p.m. Saturday. ASU fans might be as disappointed as UW fans, because they started with higher expectations. ASU came into the season hoping to give USC a run for the title. Now they're closer to the basement. Both teams must sense a rare chance at victory.
By the way, if UW officials thought last week's annoucement put an end to the speculation about whether Tyrone Willingham will finish out the season ... it didn't.
Among the questions to Willingham in his record-short two-and-a-half-minute postgame press conference Saturday was a question about if he would leave before the end of the season if he thought is would help the team:
TW: I think we've already gone through that.
That brought the follow up: Do you still think you're the right coach on this staff to motivate the team?
TW: I would say yes.