Jake Browning threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Fuller on fourth down with less than four minutes remaining and No. 15 Washington held off Colorado 27-13. Washington’s four-year starting quarterback had an unremarkable game up until the Huskies needed a big play. Facing a Colorado blitz, Browning found Fuller on a quick slant with nothing but the end zone ahead.
Washington and Colorado will need help along the way if they’re interested in a replay of the Pac-12 championship game of two years ago. One of them will be stuck with a second loss in league play after the 15th-ranked Huskies host the Buffaloes on Saturday. Each of them is looking to rebound from a loss. Washington lost in overtime at Oregon last week. Colorado was knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten after getting thumped at Southern California.
With the season in full swing, Adam Jude dishes out grades to evaluate the Huskies. Sitting at 5-2, UW is looking to bounce back from a loss at Oregon.
Washington coach Chris Petersen has spent a couple of days analyzing what went wrong in the Huskies’ 30-27 overtime loss to the Ducks. He acknowledges he would like a “do-over” of the final minute of regulation that ended with walk-on freshman Peyton Henry missing a 37-yard field goal attempt that sent the game to overtime. Petersen’s decision to get conservative in the final minute was a surprise considering how aggressive the Huskies were while getting into field goal range.
C.J. Verdell scored on a 6-yard run in overtime and No. 17 Oregon knocked off No. 7 Washington 30-27. Verdell finished with 111 yards but none was sweeter for the Ducks than the final 6, when he sprinted nearly untouched on third-and-goal and set off a wild celebration in the east end zone of Autzen Stadium.
The last time Washington stepped foot in Autzen Stadium, the Huskies dropped 70 points on Oregon and ended a 12-game losing streak to the Ducks. No. 17 Oregon is a much better team than two years ago and there would be no better way for the Ducks to make noise on the national scene than knocking off No. 7 Washington on Saturday.
Justin Herbert had no major scholarship offers going into his senior year of high school. It wasn’t until Washington showed interest in the Eugene, Oregon, quarterback that the Ducks took notice of their future star QB.
The Pac-12’s No. 1 defense takes on the Pac-12’s No. 1 offense Saturday in Eugene.
Chris Petersen is taking No. 7 Washington this week back to the site of arguably his more important road victory since becoming the Huskies coach.
Myles Gaskin rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns, Jake Browning passed for 265 yards and No. 10 Washington beat UCLA 31-24. The Huskies led 24-7 at halftime but saw the Bruins climb back within a touchdown twice in the fourth quarter. Washington put it away with a 12-play drive that took more than six minutes off the clock.
UCLA wants to be where No. 10 Washington is, contending for Pac-12 titles and berths in the College Football Playoff. The Bruins will have a hard time finding a breakthrough victory against the Huskies on Saturday, however. UCLA is winless so far in the first year of rebuilding under coach Chip Kelly.
Chris Petersen has said repeatedly that it’s awfully difficult to slow down Washington quarterback Jake Browning if he is given the chance to scan the field and set his feet. The past two weeks have shown how much the Huskies offensive line has improved since the season opener against Auburn. Browning was sacked just once against Arizona State and he was rarely touched against BYU last weekend.