BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 08: Bishop Sankey #25 of the Washington Huskies is tackled by Kevin Minter #46 of the LSU Tigers during a game at Tiger Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Mercifully the game is finally over. Let's get right into this because I don't want to think about this any more.
Offensively, we have good skill position players but the line is nowhere near where it needs to be (partially through fault of injury) in order to allow the skill position players to make plays against an elite defense of LSU's caliber.
The defense is built to stop spread offenses, like that of the Oregon Ducks. When it faces a power running game is when it may struggle. Boy did it struggle. The defense was soft up the middle and gave up run for first down after run for first down after run for first down. I am only glad that this was not a Nick Holt defense, or the end result may have been worse, as hard as it may be to imagine. (Not really, we witnessed the Nick Holt defensive era)
Keith Price is still alive! I did not expect Price to come out of this game unscathed. That deserves its own note.
The running game? What is that? Is that where the quarterback gives another guy the ball so he can get tackled instead?
Kasen Williams was effectively shut down this game, as was Austin Seferian-Jenkins. LSU keyed on these two and were more than effective in defending them. Part of the fault was Price not having the time to get them the ball, but as talented as this pair is, they are still dependent on the offensive line giving them time to get open.
LSU is too big, too fast and too strong for the Huskies, an admittedly young team, to keep up with.
Honestly I want to get this game out of my head as soon as I possibly can. The game is still going on right now. It is 41-3 LSU with five minutes left in the game. I just sang happy birthday to one of my best friends. Attention to this game has waned just a little bit. I don't know why you would care about what I just did, as it has nothing to do with the football game but I am the one writing this piece so you get to read it, or you could just skip to the next paragraph. I think I will just do that myself.
Zach Mettenberger: 12/18, 195 yards and a touchdown. 5 incompletions were dropped passes, although not all of the drops were wholly the fault of the receiver.
Price has about two minutes to get the ball down the field for a touchdown, get an onside kick, score another touchdown, get another onside kick, score another touchdown, get another onside kick, oh never mind Price isn't in anymore. Well all of our chances of winning just went down the drain.
What are your instant reactions?