Postgame Analysis: Washington

Arizona traveled to Seattle on Saturday night and left with a 31-13 loss. Read on to discover more about the defeat, including who carried Arizona, which defensive player shined, and more.

Arizona took to the road for the second time this season and its first conference game of the year. It didn't turn out well for the Wildcats as they fell 31-13 to the Washington Huskies. Here is a closer look at what happened:

  • Ka'Deem Carey did his best to carry the team against Washington. He took the lion's share of the carries and more in the game. He ran the ball a career-high thirty times, totaling 132 yards and a touchdown.

    Carey also led all receivers with four catches for 49 yards. His longest catch on the night was a huge 24-yard grab on fourth and ten. which set up Arizona's only second half touchdown two plays later.

  • The Arizona defense was one of the few bright points in the loss. The Wildcats made it five straight games with an interception early in the first quarter. The defense, which was a weakness a year ago, kept the team in the game until midway through the fourth quarter.

    The Wildcats did not trail by more than twelve points until the final touchdown of the game was scored with 3:34 left in the game.

    The defense held Washington to 409 total yards. That may not seem like a feat, but the Huskies were averaging well over 600 total yards coming into the game.

  • B.J. Denker had the worst game of his young career in the defeat. He completed a career-high fourteen passes for 119 yards, but also attempted a career-high 35 passes. Denker made life difficult for he and his teammates, often making bad reads and poor throws, which resulted in him being intercepted twice. The two picks were also a career-high.

    The quarterback did find some success as a runner, carrying the ball eleven times for 56 yards and a touchdown.

  • With Arizona having a week and a half to prepare for USC, it may be worthwhile for Denker to look at his play on the road this season. In two games, Denker has completed just 22 of 56 passes for 200 yards. He has not thrown for a touchdown, but has thrown two interceptions and lost a fumble.

  • Shaq Richardson redeemed himself and showed marked improvement throughout the game. Richardson forced Washington's only turnover, intercepting Keith Price early in the first quarter.

    The cornerback finished the night with just three tackles, but was a factor against the Huskies, helping break up several passes.

  • Husky quarterback Keith Price struggled in the first half, but found rhythm for part of the second half and it was enough to help his team for the victory. He completed 14 of 25 passes for 162 yards. Price did have an interception, but made up for it with two touchdown passes.

  • Coming into the game, it was a run game matchup that pitted Carey against Washington running back Bishop Sankey. The Husky won the battle of total yards, finishing the night with 161 on the ground. However, Carey won the battle of yards per carry. The Wildcat finished with 4.4 yards per rush, while Sankey finished with just 4.

  • Arizona found a way to shut down one of the best tight ends in the country on Saturday. Austin Seferian-Jenkins had just two catches against Arizona, though one was for a touchdown. He finished with 21 yards receiving.

  • Travis Coons may be the best punter in the conference. He was called on to punt five times, kicking for an average of 40.3 yards per kick. All five punts also pinned Arizona inside its own twenty-yard line.

  • Both teams decided not to play by the rules very much during the game. Arizona, normally disciplined, matched the Huskies with seven penalties in the game. The difference in the two teams was that the Wildcats totaled just 56 penalty yards in the game whereas Washington had 75.

  • Nate Phillips caught a ball in his third consecutive game. The true freshman grabbed three passes for 25 yards in the game. He led all receivers, but true freshman Samajie Grant was close behind, catching three balls for 22 yards.

  • Washington scored twelve points off of Denker's two interceptions and the safety that happened when the snap slipped through punter Drew Riggleman's hands. Those twelve points were big for the game as without them, Arizona would've been in the game with just a 19-13 score.

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