Game Analysis - UW/Oregon

Here's a look at what went right, what went wrong and what needs work as Washington blew out Oregon by a score of 70-21, ending 12 years of misery for the Huskies...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: It's tough to say the first play of the game was the difference in the game, but it sure set things into motion and put both teams on the path towards the final score. On his first throw in his first start, Oregon freshman QB Justin Herbert dropped back and threw behind WR Charles Nelson. The ball bounced off of Nelson's hands as he tried to reach back and make the grab and into the waiting arms of Husky junior safety Budda Baker. Baker returned it 15 yards to the Oregon 30 and four plays later, the Huskies were up 7-0 and the rout was on.

Offensive Player of the Game: There were a lot of big numbers put up by individual players on the offensive side of the ball, but you can't ignore the night that sophomore QB Jake Browning had as he went 22 of 28 for 304 yards and six touchdowns while also rushing for 21 yards and two more scores. Browning tied a conference record as he accounted for eight touchdowns on the night. 

Defensive Player of the Game: It's hard to argue with the night that Joe Mathis had as he finished with five tackles, a sack and three tackles-for-loss. He played with leverage and kept the Ducks from getting outside where they do most of their damage.

Handouts to the standouts: Myles Gaskin finished with 197 yards and one score on just 16 carries; Jomon Dotson got his first rushing touchdown and finished with 61 yards on the ground while also hauling in two receptions for 52 yards and another score; John Ross III had nine receptions for 94 yards and three touchdowns and he also had 26 yards on one carry; Dante Pettis had his best day as a Dawg, hauling in eight receptions for 134 yard and two scores; for the third straight week, the Husky offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage, even with Oregon blitzing on almost every down, and they finished with 378 yards on the ground and allowed just two sacks on Browning; S Jojo McIntosh led the team with eight tackles and he also forced a key fumble as Royce Freeman appeared headed for a score; DT Greg Gaines had two sacks on the day, LB Keishawn Bierria had five tackles and a fumble recovery; Baker had three tackles and the interception.

Stat of the game: Washington held Oregon to just 6 of 17 on third downs and 1 of 4 on fourth downs.

Needs work: While it didn't effect the outcome of the game, Washington cannot continue to have 12 penalties. 

Bottom Line: Some, including me, thought that Washington would come out a little flat after last week's big, emotional win over Stanford, but that wasn't the case. This team is much more even keel and they don't get too high or too low. They went out and beat a team that is reeling right now and there really wasn't any doubt about the outcome after the first five or six minutes of the game. At 6-0, Washington is squarely in the conversation for the College Football Playoff. They just got rid of 12 years of frustration in one fell swoop and they have beaten the two "bullies of the conference" in successive weeks. It's time to heal up over the bye week and to get ready for the push to the end of the season. With tough tests looming -- Utah, Cal and USC -- the Huskies can ill-afford to look past anyone and, if you believe it what Chris Petersen is preaching, that shouldn't be a problem.

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