Game Analysis - UW/Washington State

A look at what went right and what went so wrong in Washington huge 31-13 win over Washington State in the Apple Cup in frigid Martin Stadium...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: With time winding down in the first half and Washington up just 7-0, Washington State QB Luke Falk dropped back at his own seven and hit WR Vince Mayle for a nice 20 yard gain, however, freshman S Budda Baker came up and put his shoulder right on the ball, jarring the ball loose at the Cougar 27. John Timu eventually recovered and five plays later, Cyler Miles hit Kasen Williams from six yards out, giving Washington a 14-0 lead as they headed into the locker room

Offensive Player of the Game: RB Dwayne Washington’s two big touchdown runs, the first coming from 51 yards out on the second play of the first half of the Dawgs and his second a 60-yarder on the second play of the second half, were really back-breakers for the Cougars’ defense who played pretty well for a majority of the evening. Washington finished the night with 13 carries for 125 yards in addition to the two scores.

Defensive Player of the Game: Senior DL Evan Hudson had one of his best games as a Husky. He had half a sack, forced Falk to retreat into another sack and he had two tackles-for-loss, three tackles and numerous times where he helped collapse the pocket and force Falk off of his spot.

Handouts to the standouts: The Huskies got good performances from several players on both sides of the ball. Defensively, the entire starting defensive line ended up with a sack each. DT Danny Shelton had four tackles and half a sack; BUCK DE Hau’oli Kikaha totaled four tackles and half a sack on the evening; DE Andrew Hudson came on a stunt and got to Falk and finished with 1.5 sacks along with five tackles; CB John Ross had two pass breakups, an interception and three tackles; S Kevin King had a big interception on Washington State’s first drive of the second half in Husky territory, ending a scoring threat to go along with four tackles; Budda Baker tied for the team-lead with seven tackles to go along with the forced fumble and a pass breakup; TE Joshua Perkins had just three receptions, but they were all huge as two converted 3rd-and-long situations into first downs and the third reception resulted in an 18-yard touchdown; WR Kasen Williams hauled in three passes for 25 yards and had a six-yard touchdown to give the Huskies a 14-0 lead; Korey Durkee had four punts, dropping all of them inside the 20, while averaging 43 yards per punt and two that traveled further than 50 yards.

Stat of the game: Washington State came into the game averaging 489 yards per contest through the air. The Husky defense held the Cougars to 355 yards, 134 yards under their average, showing their dominance up front yet again and they were beaten for just one play over 25 yards. Another important stat worth mentioning is the fact that Washington held their cross-state rivals to just 1 of 10 on third downs. Now some of those helped out by drops by the Cougar wideouts, but you still cannot say much bad about the way the defense played on a down they have struggled with at times this season.

Needs work: Washington left several points on the field. They finished with three red zone attempts and three scores, but they settled for one 18-yard field goal and they had a turnover just outside of the redzone, their only turnover of the night, resulting in a missed opportunity for at least a field goal. The Huskies also had two instances where they started drives inside Washington State territory and neither resulted in points. That cannot happen going forward and definitely needs to get more attention from the coaches.

Bottom line: The Huskies played one of their best games of the season. Their defense was stifling, limiting one of the most prolific offenses in the country to just 376 total yards and 13 points, all of which came with Washington’s backups in the game. This vaults Washington into their bowl game prep with a lot of momentum coming off two-straight wins and three-straight solid performances. Finishing Chris Petersen’s first season as the leader of the program at 8-5 with a chance to win nine games for the second-straight year is huge and something that the program can use to build off of down the road.


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