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 42-7 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 also were paced by a huge game from star wide receiver Dante Pettis, who made 3 TD catches in a 16-minute span and finished with 12 receptions for 105 yards.
Here is the report card for the Huskies:
If we were splitting up grades by half, this would be a case of a D and an A+, given how differently each looked. But taken as a whole, you have to be impressed by how well the Huskies came out and executed after the break. Unlike the relatively conservative playcalling in the first half, Jake Browning took more shots down the field and opened up the offense more in the second half. With Dante Pettis having a huge game with 12 catches for 105 yards and 3 TDs, it also loosened up the running game, as Myles Gaskin was able to reach 100 yards and a score. Lavon Coleman returned to action after missing last week with a concussion and had 70 yards on 9 carries.
Though playing arguably the worst team in the conference, you could not have asked for more from the Huskies defense on Saturday. They allowed only 74 yards through the air and only 184 yards of total offense. The longest play yielded Washington was a 22-yard run late in the game. The Huskies also forced two fumbles, both of which they recovered, and forced Oregon State to punt eight times. Again, the competition was not what they may see on a regular basis in the conference, but it was a true master class on how to shut down an offense.
Special Teams Grade
Another really bad week for the Washington special teams unit, particularly kicker Christian Vizcaino. After missing two field goals last week in Boulder in the Huskies 37-10 win, Vizcaino missed another field goal on Saturday, this one occurring right before the half for what would have given Washington a 10-0 lead. In the second half, Petersen rightly pulled him from the game and let freshman Van Soderberg take over. Though he didn’t attempt a field goal, Soderberg was 5-for-5 on extra point attempts in the second half. Petersen was non-commital on Vizcaino after the game, only saying that “he’ll get back to work and get it fixed,” per Elise Woodward on Twitter.
Grade: C+ (but would be lower had Soderberg not nailed his PAT attempts)
For the second consecutive week, Petersen showed why he is one of the great coaches in college football. After his team admittedly came out flat against the Beavers, we’ll have to leave it to the imagination what Petersen said to his team at halftime… and how much he might have ripped into their performance. The result was an absolutely dominant second half that left little outcome as to who would win the game. It was not surprising that the Huskies came out fast and furious, but it’s another example of how much command Petersen has on his program, how much respect he has from his players, and how well he can make halftime adjustments. Need more proof? Washington has outscored its opponents 66-9 in the third quarter this season.
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