Tuesday Tape Room: Washington's offensive line Expects to Win

Tuesday Tape Room is Pac-12 Networks football analyst (and former USC assistant coach) Yogi Roth’s chance to break down tape in search of details worth focusing on — similar to what’s happening in team meetings throughout the conference today.

When a new head coach takes over in college football, there are moments along the way where he learns about his team. Early in the process those lessons typically are growing pains. But as his philosophy becomes embedded within the program, significant change can occur.

Four years ago Steve Sarkisian took over as the head football coach at the University of Washington with a plan. This past Thursday night his team achieved a milestone victory over Stanford, 17-13.

When I asked Coach Sarkisian what his mantra would be four years ago he told me, “Expect to Win” -- because for a long time it seemed that UW almost expected something bad to happen. During their game against a well-coached and extremely physical Stanford team this past Thursday, the Dawgs had multiple opportunities to wave the white flag. But they battled, showcased their toughness and, as Sarkisian planned four years ago, expected to win.


As I dove into the film from Thursday, many plays were impressive, but one snap stood out. It was a 4th and 1 with 7:11 remaining in the game, as Stanford was leading 13-10.

Washington lined up in their short yardage personnel on the 44 yard-line. Keith Price motioned running back Bishop Sankey wide left and quickly handed the ball to redshirt freshman fullback Dezden Petty on a dive play. Petty gained the necessary yards to move the chains. But if it weren’t for the double team of center Drew Schaefer and right guard James Atoe, this game may have likely gone the other way. Here it is in real time:

Watch in this replay as both Schaefer and Atoe remain low in their stance, maintain their leverage throughout the snap and utilize short steps to move Stanford’s nose tackle off the line of scrimmage:

In the most physical game in the 2012 Pac-12 Conference season so far, Washington’s offensive line answered the bell when called upon and delivered a milestone moment for Sarkisian’s program. It's safe to say they ‘Expected to Win.’

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