Arizona put up a valiant effort, but it just wasn't enough as Washington defeated it 35-28 on Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.
The Wildcats started on their own 25 with a four-yard run by J.J. Taylor. Brandon Dawkins ran for eight yards and then hit Shun Brown for eight more.
Taylor gained one on the ground and Nate Phillips added a yard. Taylor proceeded to gain three and four yards on his next two carries.
Dawkins held on for three yards and the Huskies were called for defensive holding. Two plays later, Trey Griffey caught a six-yard pass.
Brown then gained five and Taylor added ten on the ground on fourth down. Shawn Poindexter caught a nine-yard pass on the next play before Taylor gained four and then ran it in from a yard out.
The extra point gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead with 9:01 left in the first quarter.
Washington got the ball on its own 29 and started with a three-yard run by Myles Gaskin followed by ten more.
John Ross then caught an 11-yard pass and Jake Browning ran for six. Chico McClatcher picked up three on the ground, but the Huskies stalled with a false start and had to punt.
Arizona started on its 15 with a nine-yard run by Dawkins. Taylor then gained a yard and Dawkins added four.
Samajie Grant caught a four-yard pass and Taylor ran for four of his own. Taylor then ran for 19, two, and seven.
Shawn Poindexter caught a 13-yard pass and Zach Green added four. Two plays later, Poindexter caught a seven-yard pass and Tyrell Johnson picked up three to end the first quarter.
Trevor Wood caught a four-yard pass and Taylor ran for two. On fourth and goal from the three, Taylor was stopped short and the Huskies took over.
The Huskies took over on their three and Gaskin had runs of four, seven, and six. McClatcher then caught a 37-yard pass and Lavon Coleman caught a pass for seven yards.
Gaskin picked up two yards on a rush and two more on a reception before John Ross scored on a 32-yard rush.
The extra point tied the game at seven with 9:45 left in the first half.
Arizona got the ball on its own six and started with a 15-yard pass to Brown. On the next play, Dawkins kept it for a 79-yard touchdown run.
The extra point proceeded to put the Wildcats up 14-7 with 9:06 left in the first half.
The Huskies got possession on their own 25 and Darrell Daniels caught a six-yard pass on first down.
Gaskin then picked up three and Browning did as well. After a five-yard run by Gaskin, Coleman ran for 38 yards.
Ross caught a 14-yard pass and two plays later, grabbed an 11-yard touchdown. The extra point tied the game at 14 with 5:28 remaining in the half.
Arizona got the ball on its own 25 and Taylor ran for 12 yards on first down. Two plays later he gained 16 more on the ground.
However, after two incomplete passes, Dawkins threw an interception that was caught on Washington’s own ten.
Arizona was called for pass interference on first down. Coleman ran for two on the next play and Browning picked up ten.
After an incomplete pass, Arizona got two sacks and the Huskies were forced to punt from their own 22.
Phillips fumbled the punt to give the Huskies the ball on the Arizona 21. Washington fumbled on first down to take the Huskies back to the 30 and then were called for delay of game.
Browning ran for seven yards and UW came on for a 45-yard field goal that hit the post as both teams went in the half with 14 points.
Washington started the half on its own 25 with a six-yard pass to Daniels. Gaskin then gained six and added four more.
Browning picked up six on the ground before Coleman found a seam and gained 44. After a six-yard run by Coleman, Browning kept the ball for a three-yard touchdown.
The extra point put the Huskies up 21-14 with 11:24 left in the third quarter.
Arizona proceeded to go three and out and punt for the first time the entire night as the Huskies took over on their own five.
Gaskin started the drive with carries of five, three, three, eight, and six. Browning then threw an incomplete pass and two plays later, hit Dante Pettis for 19 yards.
Coleman gained a yard and Jomon Dotson picked up 12 more. Gaskin gained three and added one more.
Dotson got five and on fourth and short, the Wildcats’ defense stood and took over on their own 28.
Taylor ran for six yards on first down and the Huskies were called for pass interference on the next.
Arizona couldn’t get anything else going and Taylor left the game with an ankle injury, as the Huskies took over on their own six.
Browning got 13 yards on the ground on first down and two plays later, Pettis caught a 16-yard pass to end the third quarter.
Gaskin gained two before McClatcher picked up 35. After an incomplete pass, Gaskin ran for three.
On the next play, Dane Cruikshank came up with an interception in the end zone.
Arizona fumbled on its ensuing drive and gave Washington the ball on the Wildcats’ 26. Gaskin started the drive with a five-yard run, but Arizona got the sack on second down and an incomplete pass on third.
On fourth down, Washington missed a 40-yard field goal and Arizona took over with 10:24 left.
The Wildcats got one first down on the next drive, but nothing more and had to punt, giving the Huskies the ball on their own 20.
Both teams exchanged drives and Arizona got it back on its own 34 with 6:44 left. After an incomplete pass, Dawkins hit Green for three yards.
He then escaped pressure and ran for 56 yards. On the next play, Green gained five on the ground.
Dawkins proceeded to score from two yards out and the extra point tied the game at 21 with 4:45 left.
Washington’s drive started on its own 42 with an eight-yard run by Gaskin. After a short run, Coleman scored from 55 yards out and the extra point gave the Huskies a 28-21 lead with 3:25 remaining.
Starting on its own 25, Arizona got a nine-yard completion to Brown. Dawkins then ran for 13 yards.
Arizona was called for a personal foul on the next play, but two plays later, Dawkins hit Brown for 54 yards.
Green rushed for seven yards and proceeded to not pick up any yards on the next two plays.
On fourth down, Dawkins found Phillips for a four-yard gain and the first. He then connected with Josh Kern for the touchdown as the extra point tied the game at 28 and forced overtime.
In overtime, Coleman ran 24 yards. Three plays later, Browning found Pettis for a four yard touchdown and the extra point put the Huskies up seven.
Dawkins ran for two yards on first down and connected with Brown for 12 more on second down.
Green then picked up a yard on first, but Dawkins was sacked on the next play. He proceeded to throw two incomplete passes and the Huskies were able to hang on.