After unexpected scare, No. 7 Washington focused on Oregon

first_imgAfter unexpected scare, No. 7 Washington focused on Oregon Petersen says success is all in the details Share: “I think it comes down to that competitive spirit and what kind of guys you have to compete,” Petersen said. “All you can do is set the table for them and how it’s going to be. I think they know. The better anybody does, the more people are going to pay attention to you. And so it is what it is.”Washington’s beating of the Ducks two years ago was remembered for quarterback Jake Browning pointing at an Oregon defender as he scampered into the end zone for a 1-yard TD on the opening drive. Browning had eight touchdowns passing and running that day.The Huskies would love another day like that, but it’s not realistic. That was a struggling Oregon team the Huskies routed. This Ducks team is on an ascent and likely would be undefeated if not for a second-half collapse against Stanford. With the Ducks’ extra week to prepare, the Huskies understand they’re likely to see something Oregon has yet to show on film.“We got more tape than we know what to do with in terms of studying. They figure out what they think your weakness is and if you haven’t done something well, they’re going to come back to it,” Petersen said. “That’s just football to me. That’s just game planning.” Share: If rebuilding UCLA can give Washington unexpected problems, what could the Ducks do this week, especially with the extra time to get ready?“Details. It’s always the details. It’s not any one thing, it’s all details,” Petersen said Monday. “It’s not kids not playing hard, it’s not kids completely out of position, it’s just a little bit here a little bit there. You get tired a little bit. It’s like clockwork, it always is this time of the season — you’ve seen a lot of things and kids kind of know how it goes. But can you execute your technique and your assignment a little bit better than they can? And that’s really what it was.”The second-half numbers against UCLA were staggering. After building a 24-7 halftime lead, the Huskies watched UCLA run 41 offensive plays, gain 207 yards and score on three of four possessions. The Huskies made one key stop early in the fourth quarter after UCLA had cut the deficit to 24-17, but it was far from the complete effort Petersen expects.And it’s not close to what will be needed against the Ducks, especially considering the recent history and the Huskies’ current standing. In the past two games, Washington has outscored Oregon 108-24. Follow The Columbian on Instagram Follow SEATTLE — Chris Petersen is taking No. 7 Washington this week back to the site of arguably his more important road victory since becoming the Huskies coach.Washington’s 70-21 thumping of Oregon two years ago ended a 12-game losing streak to the Ducks and still resonates in the Pacific Northwest. It made an emphatic statement that the Huskies intended on being the dominant program in the region again.But this trip to Eugene comes with some trepidation.Yes, the Huskies (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) are still favorites and have won five straight following the season-opening loss to Auburn. But the 17th-ranked Ducks (4-1, 1-1) are vastly improved from two years ago and are coming off a bye.And then there’s Washington’s performance last weekend in the second half at winless UCLA. What appeared to be another blowout became a closer-than-expected 31-24 victory over the Bruins. While Washington was thrilled to escape the Rose Bowl with its first win against the Bruins in Pasadena since 1995, the shaky performance also raised a major question:center_img Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press Washington coach Chris Petersen watches from the sideline as his team plays UCLA during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Published: October 8, 2018, 5:24pm GOlast_img read more

Liberia honours UN for key role in wartorn countrys recovery and development

“Our nation owes its gratitude to you, Mr. Doss, for the leadership you have exhibited in bringing this team together, in keeping it together, in getting the kinds of responses that has enabled us to be where we are today,” President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf told Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Alan Doss during the festive event held in the coastal city of Buchanan in the south-east.Mr. Annan’s Deputy Special Representative for Recovery and Good Governance Jordan Ryan was similarly honoured at the ceremony, attended by traditional leaders, government officials and members of the public.“For them, it’s not just a job, it is a commitment; a mission; it is even a passion with which they carry out their responsibilities,” Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf said as she and the traditional leaders of Grand Bassa County adorned the two honourees with traditional gowns.Elected in November 2005 in polls that the UN helped organize, the President praised the UN for “not only securing the peace, but also going beyond the call of duty to be a strategic partner to the Government to help us to achieve our development goals.”Mr. Doss thanked the president and the people of the West African country for recognizing the efforts of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the UN family.“I have worked for the United Nations for 40 years and this is the high point of my career because I have had the chance to witness a country reinvent itself, come back to life, and look ahead to a better future,” he said. “That is an opportunity given to few people and I am extremely grateful to be a part of that process.”He recounted the achievements made over the last year, including the free and fair elections and the inauguration of Africa’s first democratically-elected female head of state, and he assured the people of Liberia that UNMIL would continue to its support. “A great deal still needs to be done. Roads have to be built, schools and clinics need to be fixed but we have to start somewhere,” he added.When UNMIL was established in September 2003, the country was in turmoil, awash in armed militias and with no functioning country-wide authorities.Since then, with UN assistance, tens of thousands of gunmen have been disarmed and reintegrated into society, hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned safely to their homes, and the country’s destroyed infrastructure, including roads, bridges, schools, health posts and police stations, are being restored.UNMIL still fields some 15,850 military personnel and police in the country, supported by more than 500 international civilian personnel, 750 local staff and 250 UN Volunteers. read more