Turning Point/Play of the Game: Washington, down 14-0 at halftime, punted after their first drive of the second half stalled at their own 44 yard line. Georgia State went three-and-out. Their punter, Matt Hubbard, hit a 42-yarder to Dante Pettis at the UW 47. The freshman wideout weaved his way through the oncoming Panthers and scampered 35 yards to the Georgia State 11, setting up Washington's first score.
Offensive Player of the Game: Dante Pettis. This one was an easy call since Washington's offense was so inept in the first half. Pettis' two big punt returns, set up Washington scores and his good decisions as a returner, like not allowing short punts to roll, were key in helping the Huskies win the field position battle in the second half.
Defensive Player of the Game: Danny Shelton just continues to dominate in the middle for the Huskies. He racked up 13 tackles (nine solo), a sack and two tackles-for-loss on the day. He was relentless rushing the quarterback and helped Washington force many hurries on the day.
Handouts to the standouts: LB John Timu had a big afternoon as the senior racked up 10 tackles and an interception he returned 35 yards for a score; CB Marcus Peters didn't register any tackles, but he more than made up for that by blanketing receivers on one side of the field and posting two interceptions on errant throws; DE Andrew Hudson continued his quietly efficient play by posting seven tackles (five solo), a sack, a tackle-for-loss and a forced fumble on the day; Jeff Lindquist got some carries as basically a Wildcat QB for the Huskies, carrying the ball three times for 35 yards and two scores (9 and 14 yards); QB Cyler Miles was an efficient 19 of 27 for 154 yards with three touchdowns, however, his night was only so-so as he took three sacks and consistently made iffy decisions when he broke the pocket; P Korey Durkee did almost have one of his punts blocked, but aside from that one near miss, he managed to drop two punts inside the 20 and he had a long of 46 in five attempts.
Stat of the Game: Four turnovers for the Huskies, practically doubling their turnover total (now standing at nine) for the season. Washington took back one of their three interceptions for a touchdown, Timu's 35-yarder, and gained momentum with their one fumble recovery, giving them great field position.
Needs work: Washington's passing game. The Huskies' pass-offense was woeful in the first half and without a speedster like John Ross to stretch the field, they had a lot of trouble finding anything open underneath as Georgia State just came up and dared UW to throw it over the top. Another big contributing factor to their lack of a down field passing game was the spotting protection Miles got for much of the night.
Bottom Line: For the first 30 minutes of the game, this appeared to be a huge step backwards for the Dawgs. They looked slow, they looked uninterested and they did nothing to inspire any confidence in the fanbase, both in the stadium and at home, that they would be able to drag themselves to a win. Then the second half happened and now everything is very puppy and rainbowish right? Not really. However, the Huskies showed resilience in coming back and they showed that when they had their minds right and were focused they can play how we all think they can. The "preseason" is now over and the Huskies will have their work cut out for them in the much improved Pac 12 North.
Game Analysis - Georgia State
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