Washington vs. Oregon 2012: UW defense receives low grades for lackluster performance

The Washington Huskies' defense was completely overmatched on Saturday night at Autzen Stadium, surrendering 52 points in a blowout loss to Oregon. Most importantly, UW gave up 21 points in the first quarter and 35 in the first half, all but ending any chance Washington had of pulling the huge upset.

SB Nation's Washington blog, UW Dawg Pound, gave the offense a couple of solid grades, but the defense received poor marks across. Let's take a look at what was said about the defensive line, which gave up 299 rushing yards to Oregon.

You're not going to slow down the high-octane Duck offense without really good play up front. The Huskies weren't up to the task, as they were gashed all night long by the Oregon running game. They couldn't control their gaps and the Duck backs were consistently 5+ yards downfield before a Husky defender got near them. They were able to flush Mariota a number of times, but lost contain and took bad angles and watched him gain big yardage. Grade: D

The Huskies will need to improve on the defensive side of the ball if they hope to make a serious run in the second half of Pac-12 play. They'll need to rebound in a hurry in practice this week because the No. 11 USC Trojans come to town on Saturday night. That game is followed by a trip to Arizona, which is the second-highest scoring offense in the conference.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Seattle

You must be a member of SB Nation Seattle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Seattle. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Seattle

You must be a member of SB Nation Seattle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Seattle. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.