The Washington Huskies dominated Stanford Saturday night in their conference opener. They took control from the opening drive and never looked back. A big part of their success was the defensive line, providing six sacks in the first half alone. On the opposite side of the ball, Washington’s offensive line also had a huge game. They didn’t let up a single sack all night. Not only was Stanford getting beat up front, but they also had some costly turnovers. An interception in the redzone and two fumbles on their side of the field let to seventeen Husky points.
Dawgs D Dominates
The Huskies defense lit up the Cardinals in the first half. Forcing six sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery, they did it all. The interception came in the redzone at a crucial time as Stanford was driving and looking to tie the game at seven. After Washington had to punt, the defense wasted no time getting back to work. They strip sack the potential first round draft pick, McKee, leading to another Husky touchdown. Stanford faced the same fate yet again, as early in the fourth quarter another strip sack led to yet another Husky touchdown.
Huskies Offense Scores 40 Again
Going in to Saturday nights match-up, Washington was averaging 45 points a game, good for 13th in the country. They fell just short of that mark, with a final score of 40-22. They still put up a total of 478 yards with 309 coming from star QB Michael Penix Jr. The 6’3″ junior continued his impressive start to the season racking up his fourth straight 300+ yards, 2+ TD performance. Washington’s offense was very efficient, scoring points on eight of their 11 drives. The only downside to their offense was the ability to score touchdowns in the redzone. Only one of their four trips led them to the promise land with the other three having to settle for field goals.
Road Games Upcoming
Looking ahead to next week, the Huskies will be on the road to face an unbeaten UCLA team. Granted they’ve played Bowling Green, Alabama State, and South Alabama, but undefeated is undefeated. They’ll follow that game up down in Tempe to take on a lousy Arizona State team. If they continue to play like they have all season, there’s no reason they won’t be 6-0 when they host Arizona in the middle of October. Stanford’s schedule isn’t getting easier for them anytime soon. They travel to Eugene to take on a top 25 Ducks team followed by a very impressive 3-1 Oregon State squad.
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