UW/EWU - Game Analysis

Here's a look at what was good and what was bad in Washington's narrow 30-27 win over Eastern Washington at Husky Stadium on Saturday...

Play of the Day: Desmond Trufant's interception of a Bo Mitchell with less than 20 seconds left in the game allowed the Huskies to get their first win in an opener since Steve Sarkisian took over. Trufant struggled most of the night, but came up huge when the team needed a lift.

Runner up: When Keith Price went down with a slight knee sprain late in the first half that really made Washington's offense much more one-dimensional. He was unable to be as mobile in the pocket which led Sarkisian to call fewer deep routes and roll-outs to keep the third-year sophomore healthy.

Offensive Player of the Game: Chris Polk managed to rush for 128 yards on 22 carries even though he wasn't cleared to play until shortly before the start of the game. Polk ran hard and broke off several long runs and was generally the most effective player on Washington conservative offense.

Defensive Player of the Game: Haouli Jamora was the only significant playmaker for the Dawgs up front posting seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and the only sack of the game.

Runner up: Kiel Rasp was outstanding for the Huskies averaging 46.8 yards per punt with two winding up turnovers for the Huskies and on his fifth and final punt, he boomed one nearly 55 yards pinning Eastern inside their five.

Key Stat: Washington got four turnovers and converted them into 17 points. It's been ages since Washington forced four turovers in a game and they were a big reason they were able to down the Eagles

Handouts to the standouts: Polk had a big day on the ground and kept the chains moving with his hard-running style; Jamora was the only player getting any sort of pressure on Bo Mitchell throughout the day and ended up with a solid statline; Keith Price was quietly efficient going 17 of 25 for 102 yards and three touchdown passes. He would have had quite a few more yards and a better completion percentage if the receivers hadn't dropped five passes, including Kevin Smith dropping a sure touchdown late in the second quarter; Rasp continues to be a gamer. He isn't the best practice punter, but when he gets in games he's solid.

Needs work: Everything on defense needs work and the coaches said as much. From allowing hook routes in the short zones to blowing assignments when things broke down and Mitchell scrambled, the Huskies have to do a better job of attacking the line of scrimmage; The offensive line should have dominated Eastern's defensive line, but their lack of push meant that Polk had to get most of his yards on his own.


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