Oct. 14, 2006
By Adam Mesick
GoHuskies.com contributing writer
SEATTLE -- The Washington offense started the game with the explosive fire that has been an aspect of Husky football for the majority of the season. On a designed play, quarterback Isaiah Stanback linked up with Anthony Russo for a 56-yard completion putting the pressure on the Oregon State secondary immediately following the first snap.
"Coach Willingham wanted us to come out fast. We ran that play a lot in practice to get it ready and it worked but we didn't get in the end zone," stated Russo. "We should have scored there and I felt like that dropped our enthusiasm down."
That first drive resembled much of the contest for the Washington Huskies. There were sparks of brilliance, a great running performance by Kenny James and a season best day for Russo. However, the Huskies fell just short of securing their fifth win of the season just as the Dawgs were just shy of scoring a touchdown on their opening drive.
Washington fans witnessed two contrasting halves of Husky football. The Dawgs garnered 70 of their 84 total rushing yards in the first half and 109 of their 172 total passing yards. Tailback Kenny James displayed possibly the best 30 minutes of rushing the Huskies have seen all season, turning in 70 of his 83 yards in the first two quarters. Despite early success, the Huskies were unable to keep the offense rolling and finish off the Oregon State Beavers.
"We felt like we could come in here and run the ball and I think that we did that," said James. "We successfully did that to a certain extent. Like I said we just didn't finish. We didn't get the victory and that is all that matters."
A major factor in the Washington second-half scoring drought can be attributed to the fourth quarter exit of senior leader Isaiah Stanback whom left the game due to injury. A leader on and off of the field, the Huskies found it difficult to mount a comeback without Stanback late in the game.
"It definitely hurts, he has been our leader for two years now and he tries to get us going and he does get us going," said Russo on the loss of Stanback late in the game. "We have to get it back to together. All of the leaders have to step up. Carl Bonnell has to step up."
With an away contest against the California Golden Bears only a week away, Washington will be looking for their leaders to step up and bring back the explosive offense that secured the team three straight victories earlier in the season.