The Jimmy Lake head coaching era at Washington began with a win and more fittingly with a tough second-half defensive stance that led the Huskies to a 27-24 win over the Oregon State Beavers. After allowing the visiting Beavers 21 first-half points the Husky defense pitched a second-half shut out to secure Lake’s first win as the head coach at Husky Stadium. Here are some quick takes from the game
DYLAN MORRIS WATCH BEGINS
Oregon State won the coin toss and deferred until the second half giving the Huskies the first offensive possession of the game. The long-awaited answer to who would start at quarterback was answered when redshirt freshman Dylan Morris trotted onto the field to lead the UW offense. Morris had a balanced performance completing 14 of 20 passes for 141 yards. More impressive was his running, rushing for 21 yards on four carries and scoring one touchdown. The redshirt freshman ran two quarterback sneaks to extend two different Husky offensive drives. Morris’s best run came in the fourth when he ran for 14 yards and took a hit to the head from OSU defensive back Kitan Oladapo. The hit was deemed targeting and a game ejection for Oladapo and an extra 15 yards was added to Morris 14 yards resulting in a Husky first down.
SPECIAL TEAMS OVERCAME ADVERSITY
The Husky special teams played like it was the first game of the year. True freshman long snapper Jaden Green‘s first snap as a collegiate player sailed over the head of punter Race Porter resulting in a punt block and touchdown return by the Beavers. The Husky kickoff return allowed an OSU 43 yard return to start the second half. After the Husky defense forced a three and out the punt return was called for roughing the kicker on fourth down. The penalty was declined by OSU.
The Beavers coaching staff elected to stay with the punt and have the Husky offense start the drive from the five-yard line. The Husky offense went on 17 play 85 yards and held the ball for 7:35 and all was wasted when the 28-yard field goal attempt by Peyton Henry sailed wide right. Peyton did make up for his transgressions when he connected on a 23yard field goal with 1:45 left in the game.
HUSKY DEFENSE STOOD TALL WHEN IT MATTERED MOST
The Husky defense set the tone for the second half when it forced a 3 and out for the Beavers offense despite a 43-yard kickoff return that gave the Beavers the ball at the Washington 49 yard line. The Husky defense continued its dominance of the Beavers offense. On the next offensive series, the Beavers Jermar Jefferson was stopped for no gain at the Huskies five-yard line on a 4th and 1. The Husky best defensive stance was its last. Holding on to a precious 27-21 lead with 1:40 left in the game the Husky defense led by Edefuan Ulofoshio shut down the Beavers offense for good.
Asa Turner intercepted OSU quarterback Tristan Gebbia on fourth down to seal the victory. Ulofoshio had three consecutive pass blocks leading up to Turner’s interception and finished with a game-high 10 tackles nine of which were unassisted and four pass breakups.