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There’s much that could linger for UW from its first loss of the season Saturday night at No. 5 Stanford — namely, a controversial call with 76 seconds left that sealed the Cardinal’s 31-28 victory and, later, the suggestion from coach Steve Sarkisian that Stanford faked injuries.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Oregon @ UW, 1 p.m., FOX Sports 1
There’s much that could linger for Washington from its first loss of the season Saturday night at No. 5 Stanford — namely, a controversial call with 76 seconds left that sealed the Cardinal’s 31-28 victory and, later, the suggestion from coach Steve Sarkisian that Stanford faked injuries.
And yet those new frustrations pale in comparison to what has festered for the Huskies for nearly a decade with their next opponent — Oregon.
ESPN’s “College GameDay” show announced Sunday it would come to Seattle this week for the first time, setting the stage for a national showcase for what UW hopes will be its first victory over the Ducks since Nov. 1, 2003.
The Huskies (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12), who dropped one spot to No. 16 in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday, have lost nine in a row in the heated rivalry, all by at least 17 points. The No. 2 Ducks (5-0, 2-0), featuring a Heisman Trophy front-runner in quarterback Marcus Mariota, have blown out all five of their opponents this season, and they were a 14-point betting favorite over UW on Sunday night.
“GameDay” will broadcast its popular three-hour live show from a to-be-determined site on the UW campus starting at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Kickoff it set for 1 p.m. at Husky Stadium for a Fox Sports 1 broadcast in a game that will have major ramifications for the Pac-12 North title.
“We know we’re not far off at all,” UW quarterback Keith Price said Saturday night. “We understand that Stanford is a good team. We understand that Oregon is a good team. These are both games that’s going to determine the championship. That’s ultimately our goal.
“So we know that (the Ducks) are going to come to Seattle. We know that we’re going to be hungry.”
On Sunday, Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov and defensive end Ben Gardner, via their Twitter accounts, both denied Sarkisian’s accusation that they had been instructed to fake injuries in the second half Saturday night.
“Their defensive-line coach (ex-UW assistant Randy Hart) was telling them to sit down,” Sarkisian told KJR afterward, as relayed by Sports Press Northwest. “I guess that’s how we play here at Stanford, so we’ll have to prepare for that next time. At some point, we’ll get repaid for it. That never serves a purpose for us, and we’ll never do that.”
Faking injuries to try to slow an up-tempo offense isn’t a new issue in college football, and in the Pac-12. Washington defensive-line coach Tosh Lupoi, then an assistant at California, was suspended for one game in 2010 after instructing his linemen to feign an injury against Oregon earlier that season.
Price had one of the better games of his career against Stanford, completing 33 of 48 passes for 350 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
It was his last throw that will be remembered most from this game. After scrambling away from pressure, Price threw a fourth-down pass to Kevin Smith that was initially ruled a completion after a diving attempt by Smith just in front of the Stanford sideline. After a review, the replay official overturned the completion. Stanford took over with 1:16 left and ran out the clock.
Sarkisian said afterward he didn’t believe it should have been overturned.
“I feel like I caught it. I know I caught it,” Smith told reporters.
Washington outgained Stanford 489-284 in total yards, but the Huskies were once again hampered by penalties — a lot of them. UW drew 10 more flags on Saturday, giving them 53 in five games, more than any team in the FBS.
• Sarkisian said freshman kickoff specialist Cameron Van Winkle, who struggled on pooch kicks against Stanford, is not 100 percent healthy.
• Oregon junior tight end Colt Lyerla, a former five-star recruit, is leaving the program for personal reasons. Lyerla was suspended for the Ducks’ 57-16 victory over Colorado on Saturday.
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