After struggling with penalties, dropped passes and inconsistency in the first half of their game with Oregon State, the Washington Huskies, scored 35 second half points en route to a XX-XX win over the Beavers Saturday night.
Jake Browning threw for 293 yards and 3 TDs, and added a rushing TD to lead the Huskies. They were also paced by a huge game from star wide receiver Dante Pettis, who caught three TDs in a 16-minute span and finished with 12 catches for 105 yards.
Here are three things we learned from the victory:
The defense is starting to become dominant
The secondary allowed only 74 yards through the air to the hapless Beavers. The longest play of any kind was a 22-yard run from Artavis Pierce. It was only late in the 4th quarter when many of the starters had been taken out did Oregon State mount a scoring drive. The linebackers fly around the ball and the run defense is stout. Despite losing many players to the NFL Draft, the Huskies are continuing to be dominant.
Quinten Pounds give the offense an added threat.
He had only two catches for 43 yards, but one of those was a 40-yard catch down the sideline. He also caused two pass interference penalties on deep balls in the first half. For as costly as Chico McClatcher’s season-ending ankle injury is, Pounds looks like he brings a new dangerous element to the Huskies offense, able to pick up big chunk yardage through pass plays or penalties. Let’s not forget his incredible acrobatic catch for a touchdown last week vs. Colorado.
This team has the ability to flip the switch
Forget what happened in the first half, when the Huskie struggled in nearly every facet of the game. What we saw in the second half is a true representation of what this team is. Petersen lit a fire under them that was evident from minute one after the break, and that fire didn’t let up. Granted, you’d like to see the same emotion for a full 60 minutes, but this game proves that when the team needs to take it to another level, they are more than capable. That’s bad news for the rest of the Pac-12.
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