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Game Grades - UW vs. Oregon

Here's how we think each position group graded out in Saturday's 70-21 win over Oregon...

Quarterbacks: It seems like every game we talk about Jake Browning having his best game as a Dawg, but he will have a tough time topping what he did on Saturday as he accounted for eight touchdowns -- six passing and two rushing -- while going 22 of 28 for 304 yards. Grade: A.

Running Back: Myles Gaskin finally broke out and finished with 197 yards and one touchdown on the night. Gaskin finally was able to find some space and he made Oregon pay all night as he gashed them on a regular basis. Jomon Dotson (60 yards, 1 TD) and Lavon Coleman (60 yards) were also heavy contributors in the second half after being bottled up in the first half. Almost as important, the three tailbacks were able to help immensely in the passing game as blockers, helping to pick up the Oregon blitzes to allow Browning to find receivers open down the field. Dotson also had a big 44 yard reception that he took in for a score as well.  Grade: A.

Receivers/Tight Ends: Dante Pettis had his best night as a Husky, hauling in eight receptions for 134 yards and two scores. He almost had a third touchdown on the third play of the game, but he was downed at the one instead. John Ross III continues to progress and mature as a receiver. He finished with nine receptions for 94 yards and three scores and each of his touchdown receptions were a thing of beauty, especially his second one where he barely got one foot in as he hauled in an 15-yarder from Browning in the back of the endzone. Andre Baccellia took over for Chico McClatcher who missed the game with a thigh bruise and he had two nice runs on fly sweeps. We also continued to see the receivers' abilities as blockers which helped to open up some of Gaskin's big runs. Grade: A.

Offensive Line: For the second-straight game, Washington's offensive line asserted itself and paved the way for a big night offensively. Trey Adams should grade out very well for his efforts while Coleman Shelton could be seen several times getting down the field to get a block in space on a linebacker or safety. Jesse Sosebee absolutely pancaked a defender on Dotson's touchdown run as well. Washington finished the night with 682 yards of offense including 378 on the ground. It doesn't get much better than that. Grade: A.

Defensive Line: Early in the game, the defensive line had their way with the Ducks, but as things progressed, they did allow them to get some yardage. Greg Gaines recorded two sacks while Elijah Qualls had three tackles and Vita Vea had two. This game wasn't about the defensive line doing much other than holding the point of attack and allowing the linebackers and safeties to make the plays in space. Grade: B+.

Linebackers: The linebackers were a key in this game and the Husky coaches had their guys ready. Joe Mathis continued to play at an All-Pac 12 level, maintaining leverage on the outside and posting five tackles, one sack and three tackles-for-loss. Keishawn Bierria had a solid night as he too racked up five tackles and a key fumble recovery. Ben Burr-Kirven played quite a bit and also had five tackles on the night while Azeem Victor chipped in with four tackles and a tackle-for-loss. Grade: B+.

Secondary: One of the reasons Washington was able to get out to such a fast start was the opportunistic nature of the secondary. Budda Baker was in the right place at the right time as he picked off first-time starter Justin Herbert on the first play and four plays later the Huskies got out to a 7-0 lead. Jojo McIntosh led the team with eight tackles and he forced a key fumble on Royce Freeman who appeared to be heading in for a score. Kevin King (four tackles, one pass breakup), Taylor Rapp (three tackles) and Sidney Jones (four tackles, one forced fumble) all had solid evenings as well. Grade: A.

Special Teams: P Tristan Vizcaino continues to run on that razor's edge of waiting for his coverage team to get down the field before he kicks the ball rugby style, but it's least for now. He finished the night with five punts for 225 yards (45 yard average) with a long of 56. Vizcaino did have one kickoff go out of bounds, but for the most part, he did what he was asked to do in kicking short and keeping the ball out of the hands of Oregon's biggest weapon -- Charles Nelson. @Dante Pettis had a touchdown called back on a block in the back by Brandon Wellington, so they did miss a big play, but for the most part they made good decisions. Grade: A-.

Coaching: I believed this team was going to come out a little flat, but that they would eventually get it together and would win the game. Boy was that theory off. The Huskies were focused and ready for the biggest game of the season and they came out and put things out of reach very early. That is a credit to the coaches. Jonathan Smith called a good game, pounding the rock 45 times and, as analyst Brady Quinn noted, he gave Browning "answers" for things by the formations he called. There were a couple of times where it was shown that the formation called gave Browning an easy read of what defense Oregon was running and that makes things that much easier for the second-year player. Pete Kwiatkowski also called a great game and had his players ready for the warp speed that Oregon likes to play at. Grade: A.

Overall Grade: The Huskies took out 12 years of frustration on their rivals to the south and never let up. They scored 70 points for the first time since 1944 and it was the first time either team had scored that many points in the 108 matchups between the Ducks and Huskies. Washington is on a roll and they are playing well. They head into the bye week 6-0 and in the middle of the CFB playoff picture. Can they continue their push for their first conference title since 2000? It sure looks that way, but they still have some tough stretches before it's all said and done. Grade: A.


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