A closer look at what went right, what went wrong and what needs work during Washington's 34-23 loss to Utah

A closer look at what went right, what went wrong and what needs work after Washington's 34-23 loss to Utah...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: Can we say it was when the referees stepped on the field? Ok…since there were too many missed/bad calls made during the game to list here, we’ll go with Washington’s fourth turnover, a Jake Browning fumble, that sealed the win for Utah.  The Utes had just extended their lead to eight points, but Washington still had over three minutes left to possibly tie up the game. However, on the Huskies’ second play from scrimmage in that final drive, Utah DE Kylie Fitts got around the right tackle and knocked the ball out of Browning’s hand. Utah recovered and that was the ballgame.

 

You could also say the holding call vs. Coleman Shelton that brought back a 22-yard touchdown run by Myles Gaskin.

 

Another one that looked like a real killer was the pass-interference call on Josh Perkins that took a 22-yard gain off the board and halted any momentum the Huskies had built up.

 

Offensive Player of the Game: RB Myles Gaskin had 20 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown, but he should have had another touchdown, one that would have given the Huskies the lead, but it was stolen away by an egregious hold call on Coleman Shelton.

 

Defensive Player of the Game: DT Greg Gaines had a big night as he posted 10 tackles to lead the team in that category.

 

Handouts to the standouts: DL Taniela Tupou had six tackles, two tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble; CB Sidney Jones had one tackle and a big interception late in the game; LB Azeem Victor had eight tackles and a pass breakup, actually it was a dropped interception, in the game; S Jojo McIntosh, subbing in for an injured Budda Baker, had six tackles on the night; DT Vita Vea saw extensive playing time  and filled in nicely, totaling three tackles including a big stop on the goal line; WR Dante Pettis had one of his biggest nights catching the ball, hauling in six receptions for 60 yards; Browning completed 23 of his 39 attempts for 257 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The freshman, who wasn’t known as a scrambler when he came to Montlake, also had some big runs for first downs that extended drives.

 

Key stat: Four turnovers. Most of the time you won’t beat a bad team when you turn the ball over four times, but the percentages go down even further when you do it versus the 13th-ranked team in the country.

 

Needs work: Ball security. Browning just made a bad read and didn’t see the linebacker who had the interception, but the three fumbles, two by RB Dwayne Washington and one by Browning were inexcusable and need to be addressed.

 

0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false The Bottom Line: I’ve never subscribed to the conspiracy theories of fixed games, but boy did this one feel like it was. The questionable offensive pass interference call on Brayden Lenius which took a touchdown off the board, the terrible holding call on Shelton that took a go-ahead touchdown off the board, the non-existent offensive pass interference call on Joshua Perkins that killed Washington’s second-to-last drive and the non-call when a Ute defender clearly hit Perkins early the series before all make you wonder what the hell is going on. That being said, if the Huskies take care of the ball better, they may still have won the game despite it seeming like it was 19 vs. 11 out there. There is no rest for the weary though as the Huskies will need to try and get the ASU monkey off their back this coming weekend as they travel to Tempe for a 12:00 game in the desert.    


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