Three Thoughts on a Loss to the Bruins

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Posted on November 07, 2009 11:06 PM in Sports
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After watching my Washington Huskies fall to the lowly and disheveled UCLA Bruins today, I was left with three separate but equally important thoughts on the game:

  1. First off, and I just want to get this one out of the way right away because it will make a later point sound less like an excuse, but allowing five turnovers by a lackluster team and still losing the game is, as former Husky Jim Mora would put it, absolutely not acceptable.
  2. Secondly, all season long I've been noticing questionable calls by Coach Sark. Don't get me wrong. I'm definitely among those who bark for Sark. That being said, I remember a 4th down play in the Notre Dame loss earlier this season that might have led to a win if we simply would have kicked a field goal. Unfortunately, incidents like that one haven't been isolated, and today's game was no exception. After Jermaine Kearse scored his touchdown in the 3rd quarter, the obvious choice to me (note: not a college football head coach) was to go for two. You're up by 8 points and it's a chance to go up by 10. Sure, if you don't get it, it's a one score ballgame, but with a porous secondary like ours, you gotta take advantage of every scoring opportunity you get. And I know hindsight is 20/20, but if you take a look at the final score, that additional point sure seems important.
  3. Finally, and I saved the biggest and best (worst?) for last, but that Terrence Austin touchdown "catch" later on in the 3rd quarter was the worst blown call I've seen this year (and I've seen some bad ones), and very obviously handed the Bruins a win that they didn't deserve, even despite the Huskies' failure to just go for the jugular and put things away. If the officials don't come out later this week and announce that they completely blew the call, I'll eat my hat.

Oh well. At least the stupid Ducks lost.

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