Turning Point/Play of the Game: There were a couple of plays we could have put here, but we're going to stick with Portland State's muffed kick return after Washington had gone up 7-0. K Tristan Vizcaino "skied" his kick and that confused the Portland State return team. As the ball fell to the ground, Husky RB Lavon Coleman was there to fall on the ball, giving his team the ball back on the Viking 26. Three plays later, Jake Browning found TE Darrell Daniels for an 11-yard touchdown and the route was on.
Offensive Player of the Game: Chico McClatcher had a big day, hauling in a game-high four receptions for 69 yards and two scores while also carrying the ball three times for 37 more. His 43-yard touchdown reception to kick off the scoring got things rolling and the Huskies never looked back.
Defensive Player of the Game: This was a tough choice, but we'll go with Joe Mathis here since he had five tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles-for-loss.
Handouts to the standouts: Give it up for Will Dissly! The former defensive lineman turned tight end has just gone about his business, blocking and being a solid contributor on special teams, but on Saturday, he hauled in his first touchdown when K.J. Carta-Samuels found him for a 27-yard touchdown to end the scoring; RB Myles Gaskin had his best game of the season so far, hauling in one reception for a four-yard touchdown, while rushing for 93 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries; RB Lavon Coleman, in mop-up duty, had nine carries for 59 yards; freshman wideout Aaron Fuller was targeted four times and he grabbed three receptions for 34 yards with all three going for first downs; Jake Browning wrapped up out-of-conference play by going 12 of 19 for 163 yards and four touchdowns; DT Greg Gaines led the way with seven tackles while also posting two tackles-for-loss; LB Keishawn Bierria and DT Vita Vea each had six stops; LB Tevis Bartlett made the play of the day, although we don't feel it was the turning point play of the game, when he batted down a lateral pass and then recovered it, giving the Huskies the ball on the Portland State four yard line. The sophomore finished the day with five tackles and one tackle-for-loss; S Taylor Rapp got his first start and totaled two tackles on the night.
Stat of the game: Washington had four turnovers, two of which wound up in touchdowns.
Needs work: The Huskies had some struggles with penalties, finishing with five for 65 yards. Several of the penalties were tough as they came on offense and nullified big plays.
Bottom Line: Washington completed their out-of-conference slate of games and accomplished everything they wanted to -- going undefeated, seeing what needs work, getting reps for backups and young players, instilling confidence before they begin conference play -- and they closed games out like you would expect the number eight team in the country to do. They also came out, knock on wood, relatively healthy. The season begins this coming weekend with their game vs. Arizona and it will be interesting to see if this team is ready to have the spotlight shone on them as brightly as it appears to be.