Quarterbacks: On its face, Jake Browning’s stat line was impressive – 17 of 24 for 326 yards and two touchdowns – but if you look a little closer, he made some bad reads that Sac State was unable to make him pay for. That being said, Browning also made some great reads and he had a couple of pretty passes that resulted in big gains. The freshman also looked very comfortable driving the Huskies 90 yards in a little over a minute as time wound down in the first half, to put Washington up 28-0 at halftime. There is still a lot to work on and clean up, but overall, a very solid day for Browning. Grade: B.
Running Backs: If not for the revelation of freshman tailback Myles Gaskin, this unit again might have struggled. As it was, Gaskin had just 14 carries, but he turned that into 146 yards and three touchdowns with scoring runs of three, 16 and 78 yards. Dwayne Washington didn’t get many carries, but he did turn his two of his four touches into touchdowns. Grade: B+.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: Two freshmen had their first receptions as Huskies – Isaiah Renfro and Chico McClatcher – and overall this unit was solid, especially when they were called upon to be blockers. Two of Gaskin’s touchdown runs don’t happen if the receivers aren’t getting it done on the edge. It was also nice to see senior WR Marvin Hall get his first career touchdown, a 78-yarder that bounced off the hands of a Sac State defensive back. TE Josh Perkins also had a solid day catching the ball. Grade: B.
Offensive Line: Early on, it looked like it was going to be a long day for the Husky running game. The offensive line got very little push on the Sac State front seven and that resulted in their first two drives ending without scores. However, after that, the Huskies were able to move the ball seemingly at will, both on the ground and through the air. The line led the way to 218 yards rushing, but they did allow three sacks on Jake Browning with a handful of other situations where he was rushed or had to avoid a sack. Grade: C+.
Defensive Line: The defensive line has so many moving parts, it’s hard to keep track of every component but overall, this unit played very well although they only forced one sack and that came late in the game. Conversely, the line held Sac State to just 11 yards on the ground, playing an active, physical style up front. Grade: B+.
Linebackers: Two young players, Ben Burr-Kirven and Connor O’Brien, had big games and overall this group was solid despite two of its leaders, senior Travis Feeney and sophomore Azeem Victor, spending a majority of the game on the bench due to foolish penalties. Grade: B+.
Secondary: This group has been inconsistent the first two weeks of the season. Sidney Jones has not shown himself to be the lock-down corner we all thought he’d be and there were several times on Saturday when the Sac State quarterback picked on him. The safeties were okay, but there at least two or three times they were beaten and the Sac State quarterback was just long on his throws. Kevin King did have a pick deep in Sac State territory that led to Washington’s third touchdown, but overall it was just an average performance by this group. Grade: C+.
Special Teams: The Huskies got a late blocked field goal to preserve the shutout and they got a lot of work for different returners including Budda Baker and Chico McClatcher. The coverage units were solid and kickoff specialist Tristan Vizacaino was able to register four touchbacks on a windless day. Grade: A.
Coaching: When things go right, the coaches look brilliant and on Saturday, the Huskies really could do no wrong. The staff also got a lot of experience for younger players, rotating them in on regular basis and there were only three penalties, so they were able to clean up that area as well. Grade: A.
The Bottom Line: The Huskies were supposed to win this game big and they did. They went out, handled business and got plenty of reps for younger players. How they continue to improve from here will go a long way in determining how they perform the rest of the season.