Game Analysis - California

On paper, it seemed Washington was facing the perfect "get well" opponent in Cal and that proved to be just the case as Washington's offense ran through and threw over the Golden Bears defense, totaling 642 yards of offense while coming away with a 41-17 win...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: Even though Washington was leading 17-7, the Huskies hadn't scored since the first quarter. With 1:53 left in the first half, the Dawgs took over on their own nine, but eventually would face a 3rd-and-3 from their own 41. RB Bishop Sankey took a handoff from Keith Price and headed to the right, cutting back through the line, breaking two tackles and then bolted 59 yards for the score, giving UW a 24-17 lead heading into the locker room.

Offensive Player of the Game: Sankey finished with a career-high 241 yards to go along with two touchdowns on 27 carries and made quite a few yards after contact.

Defensive Player of the Game: Senior DB Tre Watson played most of the night in the secondary vs. Cal's four and five receiver sets and finished with a team-leading 11 tackles (eight solo) to go along with 2.5 tackles-for-loss and a pass breakup.

Handouts to the standouts: Price had a solid night going 20 of 32 for 376 yards and two long touchdown passes; Jaydon Mickens had a career night, hauling in six receptions for a career-high 180 yards and two touchdowns -- one from 68 and one from 47 yards out; freshman wideout John Ross was solid both as a receiver (three receptions for 50 yards) and as a return-man (three kick returns for 60 yards with one 90-yard touchdown return called back for a penalty) showing why the Huskies want to figure out a way to get the ball into his hands; Marvin Hall looked solid on his two punt returns averaging 16.5 yards; Travis Coons continues his steady and solid kicking and punting. The senior hit on both of his field goal attempts -- from 46 and 42 yards out -- and averaged 37.8 yards on eight punts, dropping three inside the 20 including two inside the 10; DE Hauoli Kikaha posted six tackles (four solo) and had two sacks and two tackles-for-loss; Gregory Ducre finished with eight tackles (seven solo) and a fumble recovery; Shaquille Thompson made a few early plays, but was quiet down the stretch as he finished with six tackles (four solo) on the day; Corey Littleton made several nice plays and finished with a sack, 1.5 tackles-for-loss and five tackles (two solo).

Stat of the Week: Cal was held to 7 of 22 on their third down conversions. That means Washington was getting off the field whereas in past weeks that wasn't the case.

Needs Work: If it weren't for the 73-yard touchdown run by Khalfani Muhammad with 5:06 left in the game, Washington had only allowed 58 yards on the ground. However, even though it was against the Huskies' second and third-teamers, there were still a couple of missed tackles and that is something that needs to be taken care of by the staff. Also, the Huskies still had six penalties for 63 yards including one personal foul by Kikaha that extended a drive.


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