Marcus Mariota had all day to throw all game long. Those conditions won't be repeated against Alabama or Stanford, much less the NFL. With that caveat in place, I was really impressed by his accuracy all day long. In fact, it might be the best game long display of accuracy I've seen by any QB ever. Both deep and intermediate, his passes were consistently on a dime, and that turned potential incompletions into long first downs and big plays into even bigger plays for TDs. I do think he needs a cushy landing spot in the NFL, but like Kaepernick, he's got an elite combination of speed, zip, and accuracy. In fact, I think his combination of those traits exceeds even Papaki, though Mariota does have a weight deficit in the comparison, which will probably impact his usage at the next level.
I lost count of how many blown coverages UW had. Then again, Mariota is a handful on a typical day, and today he was pretty much perfect.
I just don't understand how UW can look so fast and tackle so well on defense, but look so slow and so bad at tackling on special teams.
Oregon was perfect in the redzone. Every red zone trip resulted in a touchdown. Even their one field goal was on a drive that didn't breach the 20. The Huskies have a very good defense, but it's not a disruptive defense like Stanford. It's a bend but don't break type defense a bit like the Seahawks defense in 2012. And today, that defense broke, and broke, and broke, and broke. Most of that is on Mariota for being outstanding, part of that is on blown coverages, part of that is on a questionable officiating decision on the first score of the game, and part of that is on a complete inability to get off the field on 3rd and 4th downs.
The Sankey fumble was the game's turning point. After that fumble, Oregon's offense scored on all but two possesions, and those two possesions were both "kneel down" type situations at the ends of each half. Five touchdowns and a FG in six drives if you exclude those kneel down situations from then on.
Crazy as it sounds, I think UW actually played well, but they had a few tough breaks go against them, Oregon didn't, and Mariota was playing his absolute best. Oregon was the better team going in, and they played the better game on top of that. I do think the score perfectly represents the performances, though I do think that UW got a bit unlucky in the red zone. So many 3rd/4th and goals turned into TDs for Oregon. Even for Oregon, against a very good defense, that's not a sustainable figure. Not saying Oregon didn't earn it, they did, but UW has to bat .500 in those situations, even against a top offense. ESPECIALLY when they force so many 3rd and goals. Their performance on 3rd/4th and goal in this game must have set a school record for ineptitude.
As a Huskies fan, I don't mind losing this game, but I am disappointed it wasn't closer at the end. I do think if both teams play a "typical" game, it's closer than this. Hell, UW played very poorly against Oregon a couple years ago and the final score was closer than this. I was also a little disappointed to see the "quit" in the team at the end. Understandable as it may be, I want to see a team fight. When Shelton got that personal foul at the end, I wasn't even complaining, because at least Shelton showed some emotion out there in the final minutes.
I hope Oregon finally wins a championship. Quite frankly, I'd feel terrible for Ducks fans if they had a team this good this long without getting a natty.