Game Analysis - UW/Cal

Washington got a gutty effort out of QB Keith Price and the defense came up with the plays when they needed it as the Huskies downed Cal 31-23 in front of 60,437 fans at Husky Stadium...

Turning Point: Washington, up 24-23 early in the fourth quarter and facing a 3rd-and-12 from their own 30, got a 70-yard touchdown completion from Keith Price to Chris Polk to give the Huskies an eight-point lead and quite a bit of confidence heading into the final stretch of the game. Polk got isolated on Cal LB D.J. Holt and Price was able to lay it up over the top for Polk who went in untouched for the score.

Runner-up: Justin Glenn filling the hole on 3rd-and-goal on Cal's final drive, stopping Cal RB Isi Sofele at the Washington three, forcing the Golden Bears to go for it on fourth down where QB Zach Maynard was unable to connect with Keenan Allen on the fade route, giving Washington the win.

Offensive Player of the Game: Even with gimpy knees, Price was unflappable, going 19 of 25 for 292 yards with three touchdowns. The sophomore signal-caller kept plays alive with his legs and rarely made an error, although his fumble late in the second quarter allowed Cal to keep the game close.

Defensive Player of the Game: LB Cort Dennison had arguably the game of his career, posting 11 tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-loss as well as two passes defensed while making all of the defensive calls and generally being the emotional leader of the Husky defense.

Key Stat: Washington's red zone defense was outstanding, holding Cal to just one touchdown and three field goals in five possessions and also held strong on the final drive resulting in no points for Cal when Maynard misfired on his pass to Allen.

Handouts to the standouts: Price is having an outstanding season and may have had his best day so far, completing 19 of 25 passes (76%) for 292 yards with three touchdowns; TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was a mismatch all day for the Golden Bears and hauled in two early touchdowns that really opened things up for the offense; RB Chris Polk was stuffed most of the day on the ground, totaling just 60 yards on 20 carries, but he did score once on the ground and hauled in four passes for a team-leading 85 yards including the late touchdown that extended the lead; Dennison had a great game, posting 11 tackles even on a gimpy knee; DE Everrette Thompson was solid as well, shutting down cutback lanes and totaling six tackles on the day; CB Desmond Trufant had a tough task covering Allen and WR Marvin Jones, but did manage to post four tackles and three passes defensed including a breakup at the goal line knocking the ball away from Allen; LB Jamaal Kearse had two huge hits on special teams and came in when John Timu went out with a neck injury and acquitted himself well.

Needs work: Washington's pass-rush was still non-existent for much of the day. When pressured, Maynard was a below-average passer, but Washington struggled to put much in the way of pressure on him and he picked them apart. Josh Shirley got the lone sack and forced a fumble, although the Golden Bears were able to recover it, and the line got more pressure as the game wore on, but until they can get consistent pressure on the opposing quarterback, they will continue to give up big chunks in the passing game.


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