The most encouraging thing about the Arizona - Washington game was ___________ because _____________________.
Kevin Zimmerman: No doubt the defense. And if you told me the offense would look so awful yet split the time of possession, I'll take giving up 31 points to a team that I think it very legitimately in the top-25. I suppose we'd have a better read on it all if Keith Price wasn't dealing with the rain and had more of a passing attack available, but I think the run defense was still decent enough even though Bishop Sankey had a really nice evening.
Jason Bartel: The defense because they actually held the Washington offense in check for a good chunk of the game. Looked like they wore down late in the game and started letting the Huskies receivers get loose, but for the most part, the defense as a whole looked really good. Jourdon Grandon is the exception, he did not look good at all. But some big plays from Shaquille Richardson and a couple other guys were very encouraging. The group as a whole looks so much better than last year.
Adam Butler: The defense. It has been a huge question mark whether or not they could improve from last season and for about 75% of that game, Arizona's defense did a very solid job in stopping the Huskies. Sure the weather played a factor but the Dawgs were getting good field position after good field position and were turned away to the tune of an 11-7 halftime score.
By the numbers
Courtesy of the ESPN's Pac-12 blog, the national rankings for some defensive statistics:
2. Oregon, 11.8
9. Arizona, 14.3
11. Washington, 14.8
10. Washington, 287.8
14. USC, 306.8
21. Oregon, 331.2
23. Arizona, 335.0
Yards yielded per play (FBS foes only)
3. Washington, 3.54 yards per play
7. Oregon, 4.08
14. Arizona, 4.47
18. UCLA, 4.57
25. USC, 4.81
28. Stanford, 4.85