Game Analysis - Portland State

In Washington's 52-13 dismantling of Portland State, the Huskies played inspired football and made several big plays. Here is a look at the good, the bad and who stood out in the victory...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: You could say the entire second quarter was the turning point of the game as the Huskies scored 31 unanswered points, but the play that showed this was Washington's day was Shaquille Thompson's block of a Portland State field goal attempt that was then scooped up by Tre Watson and returned 79 yards for a touchdown, giving Washington a 28-0 lead.


Runner up: On Washington's opening drive, the Huskies showed excellent precision on a draw play from the 15. The offensive line opened a huge hole that Bishop Sankey scooted through and scored to give Washington an early 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.


Offensive Player of the Game: He didn't put up big numbers, but that was merely because, as Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian said "that was how the game was going" and because he was taken out of the game after one possession in the third quarter, but Keith Price was an efficient 14 of 19 for 181 yards and three touchdowns.


Defensive Player of the Game:Give it to the freshman, Thompson, who racked up seven tackles, two tackles-for-loss and the blocked field goal that was returned for the touchdown.


Key Stat: The 45 points scored by Washington in the first half, tied for the most points ever scored in one half by the Dawgs. The other games were versus Northwestern in 1980 and Oregon State in 1999.


Handouts to the standouts: LB John Timu had a solid afternoon, posting six solo tackles and one tackle-for-loss; CB Marcus Peters, while he did surrender a long touchdown pass in the third quarter, Peters made a big play in the second, jumping a hook-route and taking his interception back for a touchdown; S Justin Glenn was quiet most of the day, but he made his presence felt in the third quarter, thwarting a PSU scoring drive by picking off a pass at the Husky 15; LB Thomas Tutogi got a lot of rep with the ones and notched six tackles on the day; LB Princeton Fuimaono contributed five tackles on the day; Bishop Sankey got his first 100-yard rushing game by posting 103 yards on 14 carries and also netted two touchdowns; WR DiAndre Campbell hauled in the first touchdown of his career, when Price found him in the back of the endzone for a 20-yard touchdown; Kasen Williams had six receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown; Austin Seferian-Jenkins hauled in five receptions and a touchdown.


Needs work: Two areas that need to improve are the Husky pass-rush, which did not generate a sack and the running offense that, while it did rack up 240 yards, only averaged 4.3 yards per carry which is down significantly from what it was last season when Chris Polk was running wild for Washington the previous three years.


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