… or something akin.
Washington’s all-time record against its Northwest foes may be 178-101-15, but you wouldn’t know it from the way Oregon carved up the Husky defense yesterday like a Thanksgiving Turkey. From that abysmal performance, it seems Washington has not closed the gap with Oregon, who has whipped Washington six years in a row.
With the hopes of a bowl game fading to black, UW’s first year coach Steve Sarkisian needs to conjur up new ways to get the team motivated. Long-time Husky fans can remember when former coach Rick Neuheisel conjured up the idea of the “Northwest Championship” to infuse motiviation into his 4-5 team. That team responded by going 3-0 against Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State.
In Sarkisian’s case, the loss to Oregon nullifies the possibility of going 3-0. But he needs to provide them with a realistic goal to strive for. Yesterday against Oregon, the team seemed to regress to the same defeated body language and effort that pockmarked the Tyrone Willimgham era.