Game Analysis - UW/Hawaii

Washington rolled up 466 yards of offense as they were able get to 2-0 with a 40-32 win over Hawaii at Husky Stadium in front of 63,252 fans...

Play of the Day: Keith Price to Austin Seferian-Jenkins for a 14-yard touchdown. Washington, hanging on to a tenuous 31-26 lead, drove 70 yards in seven plays, and Price found Seferian-Jenkins in the back corner of the endzone for the score to put them up by 12 with just 6:30 remaining.

Offensive Player of the Game: QB Keith Price. The sophomore signal-caller, getting only his third career start, went 18 of 25 for 315 yards with four touchdowns. He did throw one interception that was returned 99 yards by Hawaii safety Richard Torres for a touchdown, but overall he made good decisions and was accurate.

Runner up: WR Devin Aguilar. The senior wideout had his best day as a Husky leading the team with five receptions for 131 yards and also had a touchdown. He made a huge catch on fourth-and-nine, hauling in a 24-yarder to the Hawaii 12.

Runner up to the Runner up: RB Chris Polk. Polk rushed for 107 yards and a score in the win, but he wasn't always featured prominently as the Huskies were having lots of success through the air. Polk kept the chains moving and got the tough yardage when the team needed him to and rushed for 100 yards for the 13th time in his career.

Defensive Player of the Game: LB Cort Dennison. The senior middle linebacker was all over the place and posted 12 tackles and forced a fumble on Hawaii's first drive deep in Washington territory.

Runner up: DE Everrette Thompson. He didn't put up big numbers, but he had two key blocks on extra points and a late sack that helped stall another Hawaii drive. He finished the day with three tackles and one tackle-for-loss on the day.

Key Stat: 466 yards of offense. Washington had to be more productive offensively against Hawaii and they came out and were solid. Price's 333 yards and four touchdowns are one of the best days by a freshman quarterback in Washington history.

Handouts to the standouts: Price's day, aside from the interception, was nearly flawless and he was a big reason the Huskies were able to put up 40 points; Seferian-Jenkins burst on to the scene early by hauling in two receptions for 77 on Washington's first drive, setting up Polk's touchdown and finished the day with three receptions for 91 yards and the key touchdown late in the game; Dennison was huge for the Husky defense with his 12 tackles and steady hand. He also caused a key fumble early in the game haulting the Hawaii drive; Thompson had a solid game with three tackles, one sack and two blocked field goals; Aguilar's big day was one of his best as a Husky. He posted five receptions for 131 yards and scored the final touchdown of the first half with :44 left on the clock, sending the teams into their locker rooms with the Huskies leading 28-14.

Needs work: Washington's late game clock management was woeful today. Instead of running Polk and forcing Hawaii to use their timeouts, the Huskies passed the ball twice and lost yardage. Then, up 40-32, the Huskies were lucky that Hawaii's onside kick attempt was just shy of the 10 yards needed in order to recover it. If that play had gone Hawaii's way, Husky fans might have had a collective coronary as the Dawgs held on for dear life. That isn't even bringing up the "rugby kick" that the team attempted with Kiel Rasp that hit the back of a Husky player and resulted in great field position for the Warriors and allowed them to draw within six points late in the game.


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