The drive that culminated in the Huskies’ final touchdown against Oregon on Saturday took 5 minutes and 22 seconds of game time, a slow, deliberate pace that drew harsh criticism from fans in attendance (and from the play-by-play crew on the ESPN telecast).
The Huskies let a significant amount of time run off the play clock before each snap, eventually scoring on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Jake Browning to Jaydon Mickens. And they had to call a timeout -- their second of the half -- with 3:41 remaining prior to that touchdown pass, a decision that coach Chris Petersen said he didn’t want to make.
But he had to, he said, because “there was a lot of confusion. We had the wrong people out there. First and goal, got hit four yards deep … play was called, guys ran out there, it was loud, those type of things. It was going to end bad. So we called a timeout to get a better play, and we ended up scoring. But it hurts when you’ve got to do that.”
Other than calling the timeout, Petersen said, “I thought everything else was OK, except for that.”
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Asked again about the seemingly deliberate pace at which the Huskies operated on that drive, Petersen said “we were trying to get the best plays we could get” before acknowledging “we could have had a little more urgency.”
After the Huskies kicked off, Oregon achieved one first down before inexplicably throwing an incomplete pass on third down that stopped the clock with 1:18 to play. The Ducks punted, giving the Huskies the ball at their own 20 with 1:11 to go and K.J. Carta-Samuels at quarterback in place of the injured Jake Browning. Carta-Samuels eventually threw an interception with 24 seconds left, and the Ducks ran out the clock thereafter.