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Game Analysis - UW/Idaho

Washington got to 2-0 on the season with a 59-14 blowout win over Idaho. Here's a look at the good, the bad the ugly from win and what needs some work as they head into their final out of conference game next week vs. Portland State...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: We debated it a bit, but we're going to go with Jojo McIntosh's forced fumble on wide receiver Trent Cowan at the Husky one yard line as Idaho was driving late in the first quarter to tie the game. It was all downhill from there and the Huskies reeled off 35-straight points sealing the victory.

Offensive Player of the Game: QB Jake Browning was masterful on the day as he hit on 23 of his 28 attempts for 294 yards and five touchdowns before the midway point of the third quarter. Browning also avoided several sacks and kept a couple of plays alive with his legs.

Defensive Player of the Game: There could have been several players here, but we'll go with DT Vita Vea who had three tackles and 1.5 sacks on the day. His numbers weren't huge, but he was unblockable one-on-one and that forced double teams that led to other defensive players running free and making plays.

Handouts to the standouts: Congratulations go out to Connor O'Brien who has battled and battled and finally was rewarded with an interception that he was able to return 46 yards for a touchdown to cap the day; Budda Baker finished with six tackles, half a sack, 1.5 tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble;  Azeem Victor tied Baker for the team-lead with six tackles while also posting a tackle-for-loss and a fumble recovery; freshman safety Taylor Rapp and freshman corner Myles Bryant both had four tackles in mop-up duty; John Ross III finished with a team-leading seven receptions and totaled 67 yards and two scores; Dante Pettis had one of his best days as a Husky, hauling in six receptions for 88 yards and two scores; Chico McClatcher had three receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. 

Stat of the game: The Huskies again had three turnovers, that makes it six on the season, with two of them resulting in 14 points while the third one prevented Idaho from scoring.

Needs work: The Husky rushing attack is still not getting it done. After rushing for just 91 yards last week, most thought they would come out and focus on the run, but they managed just 126 yards on the day. Is it the blocking? Is it the backs missing the openings? Is it the defense doing a good job? Most likely it's a combination of those three things, but Washington needs to continue to work on that aspect.

Bottom Line: This is what the number eight team in the country is supposed to do to a lower-level opponent. The offense took a little bit to get going, but once it did, they were impossible to stop. Defensively, the Huskies handled business and kept the Vandals out of the endzone until their offense got into gear. As the coaches like the say, this is a process, and the Huskies are working toward their conference opener in two weeks vs. Arizona.


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