Keith Price efficiently marched his team up and down the field Saturday night, setting the UW school record for touchdown passes in a season. Tarvaris Jackson managed just 144 yards and failed to get a single first down in crunch time Sunday. Guess whose team won and whose lost.
The future for Price looks bright. In his first full season under center he has been nothing short of spectacular. He spreads the ball around, doesn't hold it too long in the pocket, and, most importantly, makes few turnovers. He can look forward to throwing many touchdown passes to the duo of dynamic freshmen Kasen Williams (who, quite literally, made the leap the Husky faithful have been waiting for all season Saturday night) and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins.
Jackson, by contrast, can't seem to find open receivers on crucial possessions, and has a tendency to get picked off at the worst possible times. To be fair, he is nursing an injury to his pectoral muscle that severely limits his ability to throw. But he hasn't been an elite NFL quarterback in any of his six seasons. Start to Google his name and "Tarvaris Jackson sucks" is the fifth predicted search result.
The Seahawks woes can't all be blamed on the guy the coaches call T-Jack. There were many dropped passes, boneheaded penalties, and plain ol' blunders yesterday. But in the fourth quarter when the Seahawks needed just one score to take the lead, Jackson couldn't even gain ten yards. He is like the anti-Tim Tebow in that regard. All he does is lose.
With at least three future NFL players in skill positions (Williams, Sefarian-Jenkins, and running back Chris Polk) the Huskies are arguably more talented on offense that the Seahawks. But the Seahawks defense is stout, while the Dawgs probably couldn't hold Skyline High School under 300 yards passing.
The ideal solution, it seems, would be to have Pete Carroll design the defense with Steve Sarkisian dialing up plays on offense. That's a college football team that could go undefeated and win a national championship...and then not be allowed back into a bowl game because of NCAA sanctions.