Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 1): With more than five minutes remaining and Washington leading 20-17, Washington State QB Connor Halliday, on first down, dropped back from his own 28 and threw behind his wide receiver. Husky CB Greg Ducre dove to the ground and came up with an interception, giving Washington a the ball back on the Cougar 37 with just under five minutes remaining. The Huskies went on to score the game-securing touchdown seven plays later while taking over three minutes off the clock.
Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 2): Facing 3rd-and-5 from their own 20 early in the third quarter, Washington QB Keith Price dropped back and found RB Bishop Sankey with a host of blockers in front of him and he raced 40 yards for a much needed first down. The play seemed to ignite the Husky offense and Price capped off the drive by finding Austin Seferian-Jenkins five plays later for an 18-yard touchdown pass.
Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 3): It was a record-setting carry for Sankey as he took a handoff from Price, cut it up inside and dashed seven yards for the go-ahead touchdown that gave Sankey the career rushing touchdown lead with 35 (breaking Napoleon Kaufman's record of 34) and also got past Corey Dillon for the single-season rushing yardage record (1,695 yards) in the process as well.
Offensive Player of the Game: When you break 17 and 19-year old records, it's your day and so, our player of the game goes to Sankey who finished with 200 yards and a touchdown as well as a huge 40-yard reception as well in leading Washington to the win over the Cougars.
Defensive Player of the Game: There just cannot be an dispute here…junior DE Hauoli Kikaha had a monster game when Washington needed him the most as he finished with a team-leading 11 tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles-for-loss in the 27-17 win over Washington State.
Handouts to the standouts: Price didn't put up huge numbers and actually looked awful in the first half, but he rebounded and finished the day 15 of 20 for 181 yards with a touchdown and an interception and carried the ball 14 times for 23 yards and scored the game-clinching touchdown, a two-yard naked bootleg, with 2:08 left; Seferian-Jenkins only had two receptions, but they went for 52 yards and one of them was an 18-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to tie the game; P Travis Coons dropped three of his six punts inside the 20 yard line, pinning the Cougars deep in their own end, forcing them to go the long field in order to put up points; LB Travis Feeney played physically and finished with six tackles (five solo), a sack and a tackle-for-loss; S Sean Parker had a quite nine tackles (six solo), ½ a tackle-for-loss and a pass breakup; DE/LB Cory Littleton was huge early on, getting several pressure on Halliday and finished the day with seven tackles (four solo), a sack and 1.5 tackles-for-loss; Ducre finished with two tackles, but it was his fourth-quarter interception of Halliday that really helped him make this list; John Timu had four tackles (two solo) and an interception of Halliday to seal the game for the Dawgs.
Stat of the Game: Last season, Washinton State's massive and active defensive front seven held the Huskies to just 75 yards on the ground. On Friday, the Huskies finished with 224 yards on the ground and that really did make a huge difference in the game in the waning moments. Another one worth mentioning is the fact that the Huskies held WSU to just 4 of 16 on third down, allowing their defense to get off the field in the second half.
Needs work: Washington State was 2 for 2 inside the red zone and that is an area the Huskies have been pretty good at, so it was a bit surprising. Still, Washington were able to get off the field more often than not and they only allowed the Cougars two chances inside the 20.
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