Hurricanes are nonexistent in the Pacific Northwest but one blew in Saturday (9-13-08) from Oklahoma as the Sooners scored on 7 straight possessions to obliterate the University of Washington Huskies, 55-14.
So how bad was it for the Huskies?
Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford was 18-for-21 passing for 304 yards and 5 touchdowns. Operating out of a no-huddle offense, the sophomore is completing 79% of his passes with 12 TDs and 2 interceptions. Last year Bradford set an NCAA record for freshmen with 36 touchdown passes.
Oklahoma runner Chris Brown gained 110 yards. His teammate DeMarco Murray gained 100 yards.
Oklahoma led 34-0 at the half, then the Sooners yawned and scored another 21 points in the second half.
Sooner Coach Bob Stoops celebrated his 100th win for Oklahoma at the expense of Washington. Stoops reached the 100-win mark faster than any coach in history except for Penn State’s Joe Paterno.
Washington lost 3 fumbles, missed 2 field goals and punted 3 times in a terrible first half of play.
The defeat for Washington was its worst since 1929, 79 years ago. The rumor that the Huskies did not play the game is totally false; they were just knocked around and sometimes flat on their back. The last time Washington went 0-3 to start a season was in 2004.
Washington started 4 true freshmen against Oklahoma and has played at least 10 true freshmen or redshirt freshmen in an attempt to find someone to run with its outstanding sophomore quarterback Jake Locker. Locker needs more talent and speed around him so Washington can win some games, show some dramatic improvement, and save Ty Willingham his coaching job. bet365
Knute Rockne said it best, “One loss is good for the soul, too many losses is not good for the coach.”
Make no mistake, there is a reason Oklahoma is rated No. 2 in AP’s Top 25 Poll. For the record, Washington has thus far played the 2nd toughest schedule among the 119 1-A teams to start the season. The Huskies opened against then No. 21 Oregon and No. 15 Brigham Young.
Washington’s next 3 opponents are Stanford, Arizona and Oregon State, all of which are unranked and have a combined 4-5 record. Perhaps Washington’s first win is just around the corner.
On the other hand, Washington’s rushing offense is ranked 101st nationally, its passing offense 77th, total offense 94th and scoring offense 100th. The Husky defense is even more underwhelming with its rushing defense rated 109th, passing defense 111th, total defense 116th and scoring defense 112th. All of this is among 119 big school teams.
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