The Washington Huskies started Saturday’s game against the Arizona Wildcats with their feet on the pedal and never looked back in a dominant 44 to 27 win.
The punch you in your mouth first tone was set on the Huskies’ first offensive series. The first two plays of the series were pass plays by quarterback Dylan Morris. A bit of a surprise given Lake wore a hat that said run the damn ball during Monday’s media conference. Morris’s two passes were completions but the third-down run by Sean McGrew was a yard short of the first down marker. On fourth and two Lake went with the Okie Dookie when Backup quarterback Jacob Sirmon successfully executed a fake punt and ran the ball three yards for a first down.
The Huskies scored three players later when Morris hit wide receiver Puka Nacua on a 65-yard pass play to give the Huskies the 7-0 lead.
HUSKY DEFENSE DOMINACE CONTINUES
All week players and coaches talked about the commitment to continuous improvement. The Huskies defense like the offense was ready to battle once it hit the field. Continuing on last week’s stellar second-half performance against the Beaver the Husky defense pitched a first-half shut out and held Arizona to just 45 total yards.
The Husky defense continued its dominant play to the second half. The Dawgs defense forced a three and out then stuffed the Wildcats on 4th and 2 on the next series. The Husky defense held the Arizona offense to just 21yards in the third quarter and 66 total yards after three quarters. With the starters and a majority of the second string players sitting out the 4th quarter Arizona score three touchdowns and gained 265 on offense.
RUNNING GAME RUNS AMOK
In all fairness, Lake did stay true to his mantra of running the ball and wearing down the opponent. The Huskies ground game amassed 233 yards. It was the second straight game that Washington ran for over 200 yards. The Huskies had 277 rushing yards against Oregon State last week. Four different backs rushed at least 35 yards in Saturday’s win. Richard Newton was the ringleader with 8 carries for 81 yards and 2 touchdowns. Cameron Davis saw his first meaningful action of the season and did not disappoint with 8 carries and 46 yards. Kamari Pleasant has 6 carries for 43 yards and one touchdown. Last weeks leading rusher Sean McGrew had 11 carries for 35 yards and one touchdown. The Huskies 162 rushing yards after three-quarters of play and finished with 233 for the game.
The win over the Wildcats showed that the Huskies are on their way to being an elite college football team. The talent gap between the Husky starters and Wildcat starters was alarming. No telling what the score would have been if Lake kept the starters or second-stringers in. Give Lake credit his goal is not to win the battle but the war. That is compete with the Alabama’s and Ohio States of College Football. To do that you need talent and depth that is three deep. To create that culture, you have to not only recruit the talent but nurture it. The win over Arizona shows that Late knows what it takes to execute the plan