Wilcox leading Huskies' plan vs. No. 2 Oregon

Associated Press Modified: October 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm •  Published: October 4, 2012
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Of course, what Wilcox and the Broncos did in shutting down the Ducks was completely forgotten in the seconds after the game when Oregon's LeGarrette Blount punched a Boise State player. But that past experience at least gives Wilcox a base to work from when trying to game plan against an offensive system that is difficult to simulate in preparation.

Asked this week if Oregon is faster now than when he faced them at Boise State, Wilcox joked, "Warp and Mach, what's faster? They're both fast. They are a really fast team.

"I think there are a lot of similar plays. ... They run similar schemes, sometimes they run more gap schemes than zone schemes depending on who they have but there is still a lot of similarities in the plays," Wilcox said.

Even though the Huskies are young defensively, they believe they might finally have the depth to keep their defenders fresher in trying to stay with the Ducks' offensive pace. Each of the last three seasons, the Huskies have hung around at halftime, only to watch Oregon pull away in the third quarter.

"I would like to think that through our recruiting we have some pretty good depth in place to where we can minimize them trying to pull away there late third, early fourth quarter," Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said.

The chance for Wilcox to go home comes after a startling performance against Stanford. A year after giving up 446 yards rushing to the Cardinal, the Huskies changed their schemes, putting extra defenders near the line of scrimmage and forcing Stanford to try to beat them with the pass. The result was a 17-13 Washington victory.

Washington's players may have bought into the changes Wilcox was asking them to make even before the upset. But the performance against the Cardinal only reinforced their beliefs in what he's teaching.

"Last week proved to us what he is putting in place, it works," Washington safety Justin Glenn said. "We have to trust in that and do our jobs."