Huskies second half offensive explosion buries Arizona in 51-27 win


The  Huskies offense overcame a lackluster first half in which they squandered golden gifts from the defense by scoring 38 points in the second. The Husky offense was gifted a blocked punt by the special teams in the first quarter and a fumble recovered by the defense in the second quarter. The Huskies converted two field goals from the  turnovers  and went into the halftime break down 13-17 having scored no offensive touchdowns despite having 65 to 10 advantage offensive yard advantage.

The Huskies scored their first offensive touchdown of the game by going back to basics and opened the second half with a 10 play 75 yard drive that was capped by a Jacob Eason to Jack Westover 3 yard touchdown pass. Five of the plays in the drive were running plays that enable the Huskies to create rhythm and tempo in the play calling.  The Huskies running game simply punishing.  The Huskies amassed 127 yards in the third quarter  with Sean McGrew accounting for 75 of those yards on eight carries. Salvon Ahmed  had 47 yards on 16 carries.  McGrew finished with 106 yards while Ahmed scored three rushing touchdowns and just missed the century mark finishing with 95 yards rushing.

The balanced play calling kept the Arizona  defense on its heels as the Huskies scored on five of there next seven drives.


The Husky  defense started out with its customary first  quarter front foot mentally causing  three  Arizona punts and a fumble. The second quarter was a totally different story. Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate used his speed to  elude the  blitzing Husky defenders, get out of the  pocket and once he in the open field  he was able to quickly get the ball out to his receivers. The receivers where running quick under routes that made it difficult for the UW defensive backs to stay with them. Tate passed for 100 yards in the quarter.

 As a result, the Husky defense gave up 17 second quarter points. The Husky defense’s  second half adjustment of mixing zone coverage  with  man to man coverage and bringing pressure up the middle rattled Tate and stymied the Wildcat offense.  The Husky defense caused a fumble and an  interception while giving up a field goal  and a late fourth quarter touchdown which came after the outcome of the game had been determined.


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