Huskies Unable To Overcome Another Slow Start Lose To Stanford 31-26

The Washington Huskies dug themselves into another big hole Saturday afternoon only to see a furious and determined comeback bid fall short resulting in a 31 to 26 loss to the Stanford Cardinal. The  Cardinal showcased a dominant rush attack that scored three rushing touchdowns and a 42 yard field for a 324-3 lead halftime lead. Here are quick takes from the Huskies first loss of the season.

STANFORD RUN GAME

The Cardinal entered the game against Washington averaging 120.7 yards again. The Huskies were the top ranked run defense in the Pac-12. Cardinal running back Austin Jones  finished the game with 31 carried for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Back up running back Nathaniel  Peat  had 7  carries for 44 yards and one touchdown. Stanford finished the game with 191 rushing yards. The  visitors offensive line  simply dominated the  Huskies defensive.  The Cardinal’s ability to dominate the  trenches  resulted in 10 of 13 third down conversion rate.

No Vertical Pass Game

The  Husky  offense was missing wide receivers  Terrell Bynum and Puka Nacu who were not suited up for  the game. The loss of an outside threat  true freshmen  Jalen  McMillan  , Rome  Odunze got their first  collegiate starts. McMillan finished the game with six receptions for  69 while MacMillan had one reception for  16 yards.  Ty Jones was the lone starting  receiver from last game  and he finished the game with two receptions for 79 yards.  

STANFORD  DEFENSE

Give credit to the Stanford defensive line for a stout defensive effort.

Although the Huskies  rushed for 117 yards the Husky run game averaged a mere 3.4 yards per carry.  Coming into the game  Washington was averaging  196 rushing yards per game.

Stanford first punt of the game came with 23 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. Like their offensive counterparts the Stanford defensive line dominated the Huskies offensive line and made for a difficult day for  Husky quarterback Dylan Morris. While Morris was 15 of 23 for 254 yards he spent most of the day moving around the pocket trying to avoid the  Cardinal rushing  defensive linemen.

BIG TAKE AWAY

The Husky team gave it a gallant effort as expected . No Jimmy Lake  coached team will ever give up. The  perplexing question for the coaching staff is how  to get the players mentally ready to execute from beginning of the game and all the way to the end. The Huskies have yet to play a complete four quarters of solid football in the same game.  It takes time to build continuity between players and coaches. In that process losses every so often are just as valuable as the wins

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