Game Analysis - Eastern Washington

If you love offense, Husky Stadium was the place to be on Saturday as Washington and Eastern Washington combined to put up over 1,100 yards of offense and 111 points. Here's a look at what went right, what went wrong and what needs to get fixed going forward in the Huskies' 59-52 win over the Eagles...

Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 1): The Huskies hadn't done much to stop Eastern Washington's prolific offense and the Eagles were driving early in the fourth quarter, deep in Husky territory, when John Timu and Shaquille Thompson combined to strip the ball from WR Terence Grady. It was scooped up by LB Travis Feeney and returned to the Washington 35. The Huskies used the turnover and good field position to run five minutes off the clock and get what would eventually be the winning score with 7:42 remaining on the clock.

Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 2): With Washington facing 3rd-and-5 from the Eastern 39 and just over a minute remaining on the clock, Chris Petersen called timeout, regrouped his players and called a play-action pass to the flat that Cyler Miles completed to TE Darrell Daniels, giving the Huskies a first down and the opportunity to run out the clock.

Offensive Player of the Game: It's pretty obvious from the offensive productivity and score that Miles is Washington's best option at quarterback. Miles went 14 of 24 for 180 yards with a touchdown. He also rushed carried the ball 12 times for 59 yards and three touchdowns, using his size, speed and athleticism to put a huge strain on the defense.

Defensive Player of the Game: There were a couple we could have picked, but we're going to go with DT Danny Shelton who was just a monster all day up front for the Huskies. For the second-straight game, the senior defensive lineman totaled 12 tackles but he also notched 4.5 sacks and had 4.5 tackles-for-loss.

Handouts to the standouts: Shaquille Thompson gets an honorable mention for his performance -- 14 tackles, one sack and a tackle-for-loss. Thompson also contributed as a runner, carrying the ball three times including one that he took 66 yards to the house for an early score; Hauoli Kikaha still seems to be finding his way, but he did manage to post six tackles, one sack and one tackle-for-loss; Brian Clay had two big tackles on special teams and he also recovered the the onside kick at the end that could have set up a short field for Eastern Washington with a little over two minutes remaining; the Husky offensive line did not allow a sack and Miles was rarely pressured. They also paved the way for 356 yards rushing; in just his second game, Lavon Coleman managed to post his first 100-yard game, rushing for 118 yards and a touchdown. He could have had two had he not been caught from behind by an Eastern Washington defender at the three yard line at the end of a 54-yard jaunt; John Ross had yet another big play, hauling in a short pass and galloping 55 yards down the sideline for a score; Jaydon Mickens didn't put up big numbers, but made a couple of huge plays. The first was his block to free up Ross for his score and then, late in the game and with Washington driving for their final touchdown and facing 3rd-and-5 from the Eastern 48, Miles connected with him for a 13-yard reception in traffic to keep the Husky drive alive; Dwayne Washington took a backseat to Coleman for the day, but did manage to carry the ball 10 times for 35 yards including two touchdowns, one of which was a physical run that required him to batter his way into the endzone.

Stat of the Game: 10 penalties for 100 yards. It wasn't just that the Huskies were flagged 10 times, it was also when they happened. Marcus Peters was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after the Huskies had stopped an Eastern Washington drive, resulting in a first down. Peters was pulled for the game and eventually was sent into the locker room, never to return. The Huskies were also flagged several times for illegal hands to the face. In his post-game press conference, Petersen addressed the issue that it was a lack of proper technique and undisciplined play.

Needs work: Vernon Adams went 31 of 46 for 475 yards and seven touchdowns. The later two are school records for an Eastern Washington player. Obviously, something has to change over the next few weeks before Washington starts playing Pac 12 offenses.

Bottom Line: The bottom line is Washington is now 2-0, but you also have to look at how they have played. They haven't put a good game on both sides of the ball together yet. Will that happen next week when they face Illinois or with they continue to struggle in different areas? Only time will tell, but for the time being, fans can relish the fact that their team is currently 2-0 and could wind up back in the top 25 after being shown the door a couple of days after their close win over Hawaii.


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