Quick Impressions from Huskies 33-28 loss to Utah

The Utah Utes (8-1 5-1 Pac-12) continued their College Football Playoff hopes with a convincing come from behind 33-28 win over an error prone Washington Huskies (5-4, 2-4) football team . Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the No. Utes kept on getting stronger as the game went on.

HUSKIES NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO OVERCOME TURNOVER

They are very few teams that can win a football game while losing the turnover battle . If the Huskies needed any reminders they got a big knock to the head Saturday as Husky quarterback Jacob Eason had his worse game as a college quarterback. Eason looked to be on track for one of his best performances of the season when he hit Jordan Chin with an 11 yard TD pass on the Huskies first drive of the game.

From there things got a bit wonky then downright disatrious. Eason fumbled on the Huskies next possession, connected with Hunter Bryant for a 34 yard touchdown and failed to connect with Delvin Culp on a fourth and 1. Disaster struck in the 3rd quarter when Eason threw two interceptions one at the Utah 8 yard line and another that was a 40 yard pick six by cornerback Jaylon Johnson that brought Utah within two points at 21-19. The turnovers galvanized the Utes and the Huskies never recovered.

SLOW IMPROVEMENT

The Huskies have lost two consecutive games at home and in both games have been made costly mistakes late in the game or just unable to execute on a game changing play. Against Oregon the Huskies were unable to execute on a fourth and three at the Oregon 35 with 54 seconds left in the game. An Eason to Puka Nacua pass attempt fell incomplete. After Utah gained its first lead in the fourth quarter at 26-21 the Husky offense sputtered, stalled and was stopped on three consecutive downs before punting. Utah extended it’s lead to 33-21 on it’s next offensive possession.

The easy answer would be to pass the blame to one or two players, the reality as Petersen noted is that the Husky as a team have not grown into a championship caliber team. There has been some sporadic growth with different units but it has been slow and inconsistent.

NOTES FROM THE GAME

The Huskies are outscoring opponents 104-13 in the first quarter after taking a 7-0 lead into the second quarter.

Petersen confirmed that freshman Puka Nacua broke his foot in practice earlier this week and will miss four-five weeks.
• Hunter Bryant (1,126) passed John Brady (1040), Mark Bruener (1,102) and Jerramy Stevens (1,113) all the way up to third all-time in UW tight end history for career receiving yards. He trails only Austin SeferianJ enkins (1,838) and Dave Williams (1,133) on the all-time list.
• Bryant had the first multi-TD game of his career. He entered the day with just one TD in each of 2017, 2018
and 2019.
• Bryant also moved up to fifth all-time in UW history for reception by a tight end. He now has 69 for his career.
• Bryant notched his second 100-yard receiving game this season and the fourth of his UW career.
• Aaron Fuller moved up the career receiving lists in UW history with 143 (T-8th) receptions for 1,994 yards (7th).
• Jacob Eason surpassed 300 yards for the second this this season and tied his UW career high with four
touchdown throws.
• The Huskies recorded three sacks in the first quarter – Joe Tryon and Ryan Bowman had solo sacks while
Levi Onwuzurike and Benning Potoa’e shared in another one. Tryon would go on to record his first multi-sack
game.
• Jordan Chin has recorded touchdowns in back-to-back games after having not scored previously in his career.
• After Elijah Molden’s fumble recovery, the Huskies punted for the first time this season after causing a
turnover – a span of 14 takeaways.
• Terrell Bynum has made 13 reception over the last two games after having three in his first 16 career games.
• The Huskies tied a season-high with 9 tackles for loss (also vs. Eastern Washington).

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