The Washington Huskies offense bolted to a 21-0 first quarter lead added 17 points in the second quarter took a break in the third quarter and closed out the game against the visiting Rainbow Warriors with a 14 point fourth quarter. The Husky defense pitched a shutout in the first quarter gave up a touchdown in the second quarter, two in the third before shutting down the Warriors offense in the fourth quarter.
QB Jacob Eason
What made the first touchdown play to Hunter Bryant work?
“Hunter Bryant ran a nice route, I was O-line protected, and we had a little play action sell there and some guys bought that play action to find a nice window for Hunter to run through. Then Hunter took care of the rest.”
Has Puka Nacua been playing well in practice?
“Puka has definitely [been playing well in practice]. For a young guy he’s coming in and making plays. He goes up and high-points balls. He’s a big guy which is nice to have, so it’s exciting.
He’s had a great fall camp and he’s been having a good couple of weeks, so I was excited for him to go out there and score his first touchdown. I know he was really excited about it, and it was awesome to see.”
How did the team react to the tough loss to Cal?
“We had the 24-hour rule so we had 24 hours to dwell on the Cal game and then we were right back Sunday morning. We watched the tape, learned from it, and then had our Sunday practice, corrected a few things, put that aside, and onto Hawai’i. The team did a great job of getting over hat hump and preparing and then going out and executing this week.”
After the number of drops last week against Cal, how do you motivate and encourage your receivers?
“I know they can make plays. It’s not going to be a repetitive thing. They do it all week in practice. Guys are going to make mistakes, no one is perfect. But you can’t get down on them because I know the way they can play and the way they have been playing and they went out there and executed today. Last week was last week, now we’re onto the next game. They did a great job of bouncing back and making the plays they have been all year long.”
TE Hunter Bryant
Was the team mad after the hard loss to Cal?
We weren’t mad, but we really took this as a learning opportunity. I feel like we can have a really great team this year and we made some critical mistakes last week. So, we came in this
week really locked into the little things and the details of our offense and our defense and I really think that showed today.
What were the details you had to hone in on?
“Just our assignments. So, not doing too much but just doing our job really well. We took a step back, stopped trying to make huge plays every time and tried to make the simple plays and do
that really well 75 times a game.”
Does focusing on the little things help the big plays come?
“We have so many explosive players at so many different positions. I think that they all can come
at any time. Our backs could break any run that they have, our receivers, any catch they could make they make it and can score. So we really take that into consideration going into every play,
locked into that one play and trying to make that play great.
Are you the best that you have ever been right now?
“I think so. I say that because I think that I am a much better blocker now then I was and that takes my game to the next level. That’s what makes me really happy, when I make good blocks.
I feel really good about it and now I am able to help and work with the O-line and work with the running backs and be a part of that whole thing. That’s what I’m really focused on right now.”
DB Myles Bryant
“Was there any extra emphasis on trying to get that second interception?
No, I think I was just in a good position. The quarterback didn’t give his receiver that good of a ball and he just gave me the opportunity to make the play. I would’ve like to have scored the ball, but I didn’t get a
chance there. So, maybe next time.”
How nice was it getting the first turnover out of the way?
“Yeah, for sure. I feel like at this point, once the team starts getting turnovers, then it just becomes a downhill thing to where it just keeps happening and happening. Hopefully from this point on it just keeps
going and doing.”
Was it nice to see Cam Williams get his first interception as well?
“Oh yeah. Cam’s come a long way from being a freshman early enrollee to now. I’m just happy he got his first pick. Hopefully it starts it for him, to where he starts getting more confidence going out there and
Did Hawai’i look similar on offense to what you expected?
” For sure. I feel like that’s the kind of system to where they just play by the rules. They know what they want to do and they go out and try to do it. So, coming in I think we had a good week of preparation and
we understood what they were trying to do. From then on, we just put ourselves in positions to make plays.”
Why do you think they were able to move the ball after halftime?
” I think they just hit our soft spots in our zones, and then they just were able to gain a momentum that allowed their quarterback to get some confidence and then keep going.
POST GAME NOTES
Washington Post-Game Notes
Husky Stadium – 66 degrees, cloudy, wind 9 mph south.
Sept. 14, 2019
• The captains for today’s game were: Myles Bryant, Nick Harris, Levi Onwuzurike and Joe Tryon.
• The 47-yard touchdown reception by Hunter Bryant was the second longest catch of the junior’s career. His
previous career long was 50 yards against Fresno State (Sept. 16, 2017) during his freshman year. Bryant finished the
game with 115 yards, marking the second time in his career he surpassed the century mark (also 121 vs. Cal, Oct. 7,
• Myles Bryant made the Huskies’ first takeaway of the season, grabbing a first quarter pick of a Cole
McDonald pass. It was the second career pick for the senior and his first since a pick-six of 35 yards at Colorado on
Sept. 23, 2017. He added a second interception in the second quarter, marking the first time a Husky has had multi interceptions in a game since Byron Murphy against Utah on Nov. 30, 2018.
• Myles Bryant added sack to go along with his interception in the first quarter. He is the first Husky to record
an interception and sack in the same game since Byron Murphy did so against Penn State in the 2017 Fiesta Bowl.
• Puka Nacua’s first collegiate reception went for a 28-yard touchdown. He joins Richard Newton as Huskies
to score on their first collegiate touches this season.
• Five different Huskies scored touchdowns in the first half.
• Jacob Eason ended the first half 13-of-16 for 199 yards and three touchdowns. He had a passer rating of
• Keith Taylor established a career high eight tackles by halftime and finished the game with nine tackles.
Kyler Gordon equaled Taylor for a team high nine tackles, also setting a career high in the process.
• Richard Newton became the 25th different Husky to rush for three or more touchdowns in a game. He is the
first since Myles Gaskin, who last did it in the 2018 Apple Cup.
• Cameron Williams made his first career interception. He snagged a tipped ball and returned it 19 yards. It
was the Huskies’ third interception of the game.
• Sama Paama made his collegiate debut in the fourth quarter, the 22nd different Husky to make their D-I debut