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Dawgs get three the hard way

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By Scott M. Johnson
Herald Writer
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SEATTLE — The final seconds of the first half of Saturday’s 43-19 loss to Oregon took an eternity, and it worked out in Washington’s favor.
The Huskies started at their own 19-yard line with 1:06 remaining and appeared content to go into halftime without taking any chances. But after two runs gave the Huskies a first down with about 30 seconds remaining, UW took a couple of shots and eventually ended up at its own 44-yard line with five seconds left and all three timeouts.
Rather than take a shot at the end zone, the Huskies called a short pass play over the middle. Receiver James Johnson caught an 11-yard slant as the last second ticked off the clock, and the half appeared to end with the ball at the Oregon 45.
But officials spent several minutes looking at a replay, trying to determine whether to put one second left on the clock. Eventually, the Huskies were given that second and one final play.
But even when the Ducks sacked Jake Locker in Washington territory, the half was not over. A personal-foul penalty on an Oregon lineman gave UW 15 yards and another play. Erik Folk hit a 48-yard field goal before the two teams finally got to go into the locker room for halftime.
Close doesn’t count
The Huskies continue to struggle in goal-line situations, which was a big reason why they lost at Notre Dame three weeks ago.
On Saturday, UW got stopped on another goal-line stand when quarterback Jake Locker’s fourth-down pass from the 2-yard line was intercepted in the end zone. That came after an incomplete pass from the 4, a two-yard run by Demetrius Bronson, and another Bronson carry that was stopped for no gain on third down.
The Huskies’ first 10 snaps in the Oregon red zone resulted in only a field goal. Chris Polk’s 1-yard touchdown run on a fourth down early in the fourth quarter finally broke UW through the imaginary wall.
“When you’re down there, you’ve got to score touchdowns,” Sarkisian said. “It’s a frustrating point for me, because when you’re down there, you’ve got to score touchdowns.”
Going the distance
Oregon had one drive that officially went 96 yards but, because of two offensive penalties, actually included 112 total yards.
The drive, which started at the Ducks’ 4-yard line, also marked the fourth time this season that a UW opponent has scored after taking over inside its own 10. The Huskies have forced opponents to start inside their own 10-yard line 10 times this season, resulting in one touchdown, three field goals, two turnovers and just three punts. Another drive went three plays before Stanford ran out the clock heading into halftime.
Short yardage
Defensive tackle Cameron Elisara (neck stinger) and wide receiver Jordan Polk (minor knee surgery) were among the players who did not suit up for Saturday’s game. Both players are expected to be available for the UCLA game after next weekend’s bye. Everette Thompson started in place of Elisara, giving UW its eighth different starting defense in as many games this season. ... Running back Johri Fogerson did not see action with the offense until late in the fourth quarter. Sarkisian said he wanted to get Bronson more involved with the offense, and it came at Fogerson’s expense. Fogerson, who muffed a punt in last weekend’s loss to Arizona State, was also relieved of those duties. ... Starting guard Nick Wood came out of the game with a neck stinger in the first half but later returned. ... Sarkisian said that starting linebacker E.J. Savannah, who has been playing with a cast, may have re-broken his thumb in the game. Savannah should be able to continue playing with the injury, Sarkisian said. ... Receiver Jermaine Kearse came out of the game temporarily after taking a shot to the head, and he was wearing ice on a bruised right hand after the game. ... The Huskies have a bye next weekend before heading off to Los Angeles for a Nov. 7 game at UCLA.
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