Impressions from Huskies 31-13 win over Cougars.

The Washington Huskies continued their dominance and mastery over the  cross  State rivals Washington State Cougars with a textbook 31-13 win Saturday  afternoon at Husky Stadium. It was the Huskies  seventh consecutive win over the Cougars in the Apple Cup.

Going into the game many believed this was the year the Cougars would break the Husky stronghold on the series. WSU had reason to believe after consecutive wins over Stanford ( 49-22) and  Oregon State (54-53). The Huskies were coming off a disappointing  14-20 loss  at Colorado which created a twinge of doubt in Husky Nation regarding the teams state of mind.

When the fur stopped flying and the dust settled the Huskies were once again victorious over their cross state rivals due to dominating defense and an efficient offense led by quarterback Jacob Eason and Richard Newton who rushed for two touchdowns.

HUSKIES ABILITY TO  APPLY PRESSURE WITH THREE WAS THE GAME CHANGER

The Huskies ability to rush three down line on defense and  drop eight players made it a difficult day for WSU quarterback  Anthony Gordon who was chased , hit and harassed into throwing two interceptions  and  no touchdowns for the first time this season. Gordon had thrown 11  in the last two games .

The Husky defense recorded five sacks all coming from  the linebacker positions who rotated rushing the Gordon with  defensive lineman Levi Onwuzurike and Josiah Bronson.  Husky Linebacker Brandon Wellington led the team with 16 tackles  12 of which were solo. Joe Tryon led the linebacking unit with two sacks while  Ryan Bowman and  Edefuan Ulofoshio  were recorded with a sack and a half.

EFFECTIVE JACOB EASON

Husky quarterback Jacob  Eason was efficient in his play calling, and execution of the Husky offense. For the first time since the opening game against Eastern Washington on August 31st , Eason was in full command of the offense. Eason threw for 244 yards one touchdown and ran for another. With the  Cougar defense  able to clamp down on the Husky Wide outs Eason went to tight ends Hunter Bryant and Cade  Otton  combined for nine receptions for 142 yards.  Receiver Terrell Bynum  had three receptions for 77 yards and an over the shoulder Touchdown catch.

BEATING THE COUGARS MATTERS

With the Colorado loss behind them the Husky defensive was dedicated to stopping the hyped Air Raid and continue it’s physical dominance over the Cougars.  No Husky defender wanted to be responsible for losing to the Cougars,

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