SEATTLE -- Two days after Washington's 41-3 whitewashing at third-ranked LSU, head coach Steve Sarkisian's stomach still hadn't settled.
"Makes you want to puke, quite honestly," Sarkisian said. "It's just how I felt for 48 hours, because we're better than that.”
It was a sickly performance by the Huskies on Saturday in Baton Rouge, as most statistics indicate. None was more telling than this: Washington had 48 more penalty yards (74) than rushing yards (26).
Those two numbers showed the primary problems for Washington were brought about by mental errors and the Tigers' defense. A frightful combination in the place known as Death Valley.
Those totals led to a change in perspective for the Huskies. Since taking over in 2008 following a 0-12 season, Sarkisian has preached the importance of a 24-hour rule to shift focus, win or lose.
This week, Washington spent Monday going over the good, the bad and the botched again.
"We didn't just forget about this game," Sarkisian said. "I think that would have been the wrong thing to do. We needed to address this football game.”
The errors were expansive. Running back Bishop Sankey motioned out of the backfield when he was supposed to pick up a blitz. Left tackle Micah Hatchie didn't leave his stance twice because of separate miscommunications. There were delays of game and a personal foul on a touchback.
Washington was beat up, too. The already thin offensive line took another hit when junior Erik Kohler left with a knee injury. He had an MRI on Monday and Sarkisian said he is unlikely to play Saturday against Portland State of the FCS.
That means more shuffling up front for a team that ranks 114 out of 120 Division I teams in rushing.
Mike Criste, who replaced Kohler, and Dexter Charles were listed atop Monday's depth chart at right tackle. James Atoe or Shane Brostek, son of former Washington All-American Bern Brostek, will start at right guard. The Huskies will use the practice week to sort it out.
Wide receivers Jaydon Mickens (turf toe) and Kevin Smith (knee) were limited in practice Monday, though Smith said afterward he felt good.
Linebacker Travis Feeney had an MRI on his shoulder and is questionable for Saturday. As is safety Will Shamburger, who suffered a cut above his eye against LSU and received 14 stitches, according to Sarkisian.
Despite scoring just 24 points in the first two games, Washington won't take the dramatic step of moving high-end recruit Shaq Thompson to offense. Sarkisian said he thinks in order for the defense to be as stout as possible, Thompson needs to stay in his hybrid linebacker spot.
That leaves the pressure on the backfield and Sarkisian's ability to scheme for this new group that is without offensive rhythm the first two weeks.
Quarterback Keith Price admitted to being worried about the pass rush during the game Saturday. With no running game to fall back on, Price was swarmed by LSU's defensive ends.
But, relief is expected to come Saturday against Portland State (1-1), which lost last week to North Dakota 45-37. Washington is a heavy favorite and will look to get back on track Saturday with a bye week afterward to help get healthy before Pac-12 play starts against No. 21 Stanford.
"This week is totally about us and that's to take nothing away from (coach) Nigel (Burton) and Portland State," Sarkisian said. "For our program to get back on track, we have to focus on ourselves right now. It's almost like a healing process.”