The Washington Huskies, who upset Oregon State's 24th overall 35-34 in double overtime two weeks ago, fell from the top of the mountain against Arizona's 15th rankings.
The Wildcats started quickly and just drilled the Huskies 44-14 in a no-contest game at Tuscon, collected a 30-14 halftime score, then added 14 more points in the second half, holding Washington's best scoreless score.
Some football fans and fans thought the Husky had a chance to win this victory since the Wildcats lost starting quarterback Nick Foles, whom many consider to be a top NFL prospect.
Foles, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound junior, completed 75% of his passes for 1,600 yards, 9 hits and 5 runs before coming down with a knee injury. His replacement, junior Matt Scott, started his first three games for Arizona last year before losing his job at Foles.
So what was the big difference between Foles and Scott against the Washington Huskies? I'm glad you asked. The answer – absolutely nothing.
The Wildcats finished fifth with a foul on 43 points. They won 44-14. They averaged 429 yards total offense and gained 467 against Washington. Scott rushed for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns with 18 for 22 passing (81%).
Scott, Huskey-like jumper Jake Locker picked up another 65 yards rushing on 7 carries (9.29 yards per carry), and Scott facilitated his appearance thanks to Husky gamblers.
Scott marched the Wildcats up and down the field as if they were practicing it against another team’s defense. The problem for Washington was just that – the Huskies are defending the second course to a moment of real shame.
Washington is ranked 97th in national defense in scoring, giving up 31+ points per game, a number that will now increase as Arizona dropped 44. The Huskeys are 98th in total defense, giving up 416 games + meters, which is a figure that will increase again as Arizona gave up 467 yards.
So, what exactly is the problem? How about everything. Cracked tasks, untimely penalties, lack of speed, lack of size, lack of talent and missed moves to name just a few. The Huskies, like so many players with inflated opinions about their ability, tend to throw themselves at opponents like scaredy cats, rather than actually address them the old-fashioned way.
Washington Husky's defense could learn a thing or two from one of the NFL's best free safeties – Larry Wilson.
Wilson was the seventh-round draft pick played by St. Louis Cardinals as a cornerback after being a two-time starter at the University of Utah. Becoming a free agent, he was an eight-time Pro-Bowl and 8-time All-Pro Selection player who was also selected to the NFL team for a decade and for the 1960s and 1970s.
He was the first NFL player to make a safety flush and was tougher than a rail spike – once intercepting a pass with throws on both hands due to broken wrists. He also had interceptions in 7 consecutive games and finished his career with 52 interceptions for 800 return yards and 5 touchdowns.
Someone once asked Larry Wilson how he could be such a great outdoors hunter? Wilson responded by saying, "Hell, I just grab them well by one leg and lift them up; they won't carry me very far while jumping on one leg."
Wilson is certainly the only NFL player who could stop the great Jimmy Brown at full speed, heading into the open field.
So what does Larry Wilson have to do with the Washington Husky defenders? Well, nothing, really. But if you want to be a great defender and striker, try channeling Larry Wilson. You could do a lot worse, and you did, so think about the reality, not throwing the player away and hoping he drops.
Copyright © 2010 Ed Bagley