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Game Grades - UW vs. Portland State

Here's how we think each position group graded out in Saturday's 41-3 win over Portland State...

Quarterbacks: The Huskies attempted just 22 passes on the day as Jake Browning went 12 of 19 for 193 yards with four touchdowns and K.J. Carta-Samuels finished 2 of 3 for 31 yards and another score. Both made good decisions and audibled to running plays that resulted in big gains. Grade: A.

Running Back: Washington finished the day with 213 yards on the ground as Myles Gaskin led the way with 93 yards and a touchdown, his best game of the season to this point. Lavon Coleman got 59 tough yards in mop-up duty and Jomon Dotson had 20 yards on four carries. Grade: B+.

Receivers/Tight Ends: Chico McClatcher was the big-play man for the Huskies on Saturday as he hauled in four receptions for 69 yards and two scores including a pretty 43-yarder from Browning to kick off the scoring. John Ross III was targeted just twice on the day, but freshman wideout Aaron Fuller had his best game as a Husky thus far, hauling in three receptions for 34 yards with all three catches resulting in first downs. Darrell Daniels had a good night as well, grabbing both of his targets for 35 yards and a score. The blocking on the edge was much better this week than it has been and you have to be happy for junior TE Will Dissly who had a 27-yard reception that resulted in his first touchdown late in the fourth quarter to cap off the scoring. Grade: B+.

Offensive Line: The Huskies continued to tinker with their lineup, getting reps for Nick Harris and Andrew Kirkland, at right guard and left tackle respectively, but overall this was probably the best performance by the offensive line this season. After the game, head coach Chris Petersen said that while the yardage on the ground was good, he still didn't feel like they were physical enough and that there were still some things to work on. Grade: B.

Defensive Line: This group just continues to dominate. Greg Gaines was basically unblockable when he was in there and he led the team with seven tackles, but he wasn't the only standout as Vita Vea (six tackles), Elijah Qualls (three tackles, one sack, two tackles-for-loss), Damion Turpin and Shane Bowman all had their moments to shine as well. Grade: A.

Linebackers: Backup LB Tevis Bartlett had the individual play of the day, knocking down a lateral pass and then recovering it on the four yard line setting Washington up to go ahead 28-0 early in the second quarter. Keishawn Bierria tied for second on the team with six tackles while Azeem Victor had four stops. Both Joe Mathis and Psalm Wooching had solid days with each contributing sacks.  Grade: A-.

Secondary: The zone defense left a little to be desired, especially as the game went along. PSU was able to get some big gainers, especially on third downs, in the second and third quarter, so that is definitely something that needs to be shored up. However, Sidney Jones had a beautiful interception in the endzone to stop a Vikings scoring opportunity and Kevin King and Ezekiel Turner had picks nullified by a questionable pass interference call -- it looked like both players were battling for the ball -- and an incorrect ruling of an incomplete pass that was also missed by instant replay. Grade: B+.

Special Teams: The Huskies had two punts almost blocked and they missed an extra point for one reason or another -- hold, kick, snap -- but the coverage units were solid most of the night. Grade: B.

Coaching: Offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith did a good job of sticking with the run in limited opportunities and the offense was efficient all day. The offensive line shuffling continued with Kirkland and Harris getting lots of reps with the first team, so it's unclear if things along the offensive line are resolved at this point. On defense, the Huskies flew around and made plays and came up with big plays when they needed to. You'd like to see fewer penalties, especially on offense, but those are things that can be worked on. Overall, this was a solid effort by the coaches keeping the players engaged and motivated even with a big lead early in the game and the team finished well, holding Portland State to under 200 yards and just three points. Grade: B+.

Overall Grade: Another week, another solid effort in pretty much every aspect of the game. The team stayed focused, put the clamps on the opposition and didn't let them hang around. The season really starts this coming Saturday, but for now, the Dawgs can be happy with their performance in week three. Grade: A-.

 


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