Husky head coach Jimmy Lake met with the media via zoom Monday to discuss the Huskies 21-27 win over the Oregon State Beavers Saturday night at Husky Stadium. The Huskies overcame special teams miscues, dropped passes and made some halftime adjustments on the way to Lakes first victory.
DYLAN MORRIS MAKES SUCCESS FULL DEBUT
RS-freshman Dylan Morris started at QB for the Huskies, joining Jake Locker (RS-freshman in 2007) and Jake Browning (true freshman in 2015) to start a season opener as a freshman, in the modern. Morris impacted the game with his feet and arm throwing for 141 yards and completing 14 of 24 passes with no interceptions. In the fourth quarter Morris showed his speed when he ran for 14 yards on 3rd and 18. An extra 15 yards were added to the end of the run after a personal foul on OSU cornerback Kitan Oladapo . Morris who finished the game with one rushing TD.
RUNNING GAME WILL BE OFFENSIVE STAPLE
The Husky offense had 408 total yards with 267 of those coming from the ground game.Three Husky backs rushed for over 4o yards. Sean McGrew led the charge with 91 yards on 9 carries and one touchdown. Kamari Pleasant had 12 carries for 61 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore Richard Newton had 15 carries for 42 yards. On Monday Lake reiterated that the Husky offense will be based on the run game and which ever back has the hot hand.
DEFENSIVE ADJUSTMENT SHUTS OUT BEAVERS IN THE SECOND HALF
After surrendering 21 first half points to the OSU offense the Husky defense made some after halftime adjustment that resulted in a second half shutout of the Beavers offense. Lake was asked weather it was a skeem adjustment or simple execution by the players.
POST GAME NOTES
Coach Jimmy Lake handed game balls out in the locker room post-game to offensive coordinator John Donovan, running back Sean McGrew and outside linebacker Zion Tupuola-Fetui.
• UW has now defeated Oregon State nine-straight times. In the last eight of those victories over the Beavers, the Huskies have rushed at least 200 yards in each of those games.
• The Huskies’ 267 rushing yards were the most in almost two years exactly when they gained 275 on the ground vs. Oregon State on Nov. 17, 2018.
• The 85 yards allowed by the Huskies through the air are the fewest in nearly a decade. On Nov. 18, 2010, the Huskies held UCLA to just 68 passing yards. Since that 2010 date, the Huskies had held an opponent under 100 passing yards just twice until tonight – the last time coming in the Apple Cup in 2017 when WSU threw for 93 yards.
How recent UW freshmen QBs have fared in season openers:
Dylan Morris (2020 vs. OSU, W, 27-21): 14-of-24, 141 Yds, long of 42. 4 carries, 21 Yds, TD. Jake Browning (2015 at Boise St., L, 16-13): 20-of-34, 1 INT, 150 Yds, long of 19.
Jake Locker (2007 at Syracuse, W, 42-12): 14-of-19, 142 Yds, long of 30. 10 carries, 84 Yds, TD.