Washington (2-6 overall, 0-5 Pac-10) squandered a 15-point lead in the final quarter, losing to Arizona, 48-41. The mild upset leaves UW as the only Pac-10 team without a conference win. It also was the Huskies' sixth straight defeat, and this one clearly stung coaches, players and fans more than most.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
The Huskies put up big offensive numbers. Their point total was their highest since the opener at Syracuse. Their 572 yards of total offense was their highest of the season. Quarterback Jake Locker set career highs in passing (336 yards) and running (157). His 98-yard TD to Marcel Reece is the longest play in UW history.
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
The defense is being torched. Over the past two weeks, the Huskies have given up 103 points and 1,171 yards. Arizona QB Willie Tuitama passed for 510 yards, a Wildcats record and the most ever against UW. The offense contributed to the problems with five turnovers and couldn't close the deal, being shutout over the final 13 minutes.
Guard Casey Bulyca, tackle Ben Ossai and linebacker E.J. Savannah were all held out of the starting lineup for undisclosed disciplinary reasons. Savannah remains limited with a stinger. CB Byron Davenport was benched after being burned twice early, but replacement Vonzell McDowell wasn't an obvious upgrade.
THE WEEK AHEAD
This could be one of those pivotal weeks where the team pulls together or falls apart. Fans are ablaze with calls for the firings of the coach, the athletic director and the defensive coordinator ... for starters. UW visits Stanford (3-5, 2-4) – beatable if the Huskies survive the distractions. A loss assures a fourth straight losing record.