A closer look at what went right, what went wrong and what needs work during Washington's 49-3 blowout win over Arizona

A closer look at what went right, what went wrong and what needs work during Washington's 49-3 blowout win over Arizona...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: Washington, leading 21-3 at halftime, took the second-half kickoff and marched 75 yards in five plays, ending when Jake Browning connected with Dante Pettis on a 31-yard touchdown pass and the route was on. During the drive, Washington got the longest play from scrimmage so far this season from Jaydon Mickens, a 40-yard hitch pass that was sprung when Pettis got a good downfield block on an Arizona defensive back.

Offensive Player of the Game: Browning bounced back nicely after missing last week's game vs. Stanford with a shoulder/arm injury, completing 16 of 24 for 263 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for a 12-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to cap off his night.

Defensive Player of the Game: This was a tough decision, but we'll go with LB Travis Feeney who led the way with 11 tackles, two sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss, having arguably his best game as a Husky.

Handouts to the standouts: Dwayne Washington only had six touches, but he accounted for 126 total yards (77 rushing, 49 receiving) and two scores -- one on a 69-yard touchdown run and one on a 13-yard touchdown reception; Chico McClatcher got more touches than he's had all season, toting the rock three times for 32 yards and he also had one reception for 12 yards; Brayden Lenius did have a big drop, but he came back and hauled in the first touchdown with a tough five-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter to put Washington up 21-3; Pettis hauled in just one reception, but it was a big one, the 31-yarder that capped Washington's first drive in the second half; Jojo McIntosh saw his first extended playing time and finished with seven tackles and also grabbed his first interception; Cory Littleton finished with seven tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles-for-loss; Sidney Jones had six tackles and an interception; Ben Burr-Kirven had seven tackles in backup duty.

Stat of the game: Washington was five for five in their redzone attempts. With that type of productivity, the Huskies were able to put up the second-most points since Chris Petersen took over and the most against an FBS opponent.

Needs work: Yes, Arizona finished the night 6 of 18 on third down, but early on, Washington's inability to get off the field defensively allowed Arizona to go on a 15-play drive to start the game. Washington's defense is playing very well right now, but their inability to get off the field in third-and-long situations, especially early in games, has to be cause for some concern.

The Bottom Line: This is by far the most impressive win of the Petersen era at Washington. The Huskies held a prolific offense, one that has been averaging over 535 yards and 40 points per game to just 330 yards and 3 points. It doesn't get much better than that defensively. Offensively, the Huskies appear to be making some progress, but they need to build off of this win and this coming week will be a huge test for the Dawgs with a big game against 13th-ranked Utah on national television.


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