A bad start got worse for the Seahawks when the Rams completely fooled them on a punt return halfway through the second quarter. Seattle, struggling to get much going after an opening drive that netted a field goal, punted the ball away from the Seattle 49. The Rams acted as if the ball was drifting
Bob Condotta: You can't question the fight or the effort. But this is simply a different team than a year ago and there were too many breakdowns at key times, many by players in new roles, or simply new players period.
The Rams struck again on special teams, this time running a fake punt deep in their own territory that resulted with punter Johnny Hekker, a Redmond native and a former quarterback at Bothell, completing an 18-yard pass on fourth-and-three to allow the Rams to keep the ball (watch video here).
The Seahawks got themselves back in the game late in the third quarter with a 12-play, 84-yard drive that featured some clutch passing by Russell Wilson and culminated with a 19-yard run around right end by the Seattle quarterback with 4:22 left in the period (watch video here).
The Huskies came into Saturday’s game with what many believed to be its finest defense in at least a decade. Didn’t matter. The No. 9 Ducks piled up 380 yards and 28 points in the first half alone and extended their winning streak over Washington to 11.
Quarterback Cyler Miles exited UW’s 45-20 loss to Oregon early in the fourth quarter with an apparent concussion, and starting running back Dwayne Washington left the game in the first half with a chest injury. Washington’s backup, Lavon Coleman, appeared to injure his right shoulder.