Myles Gaskin ran for 143 yards on 30 carries and added a touchdown, and Washington’s defense forced three turnovers as the No. 10 Huskies beat Utah 21-7 on Saturday night. Jake Browning threw for 155 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Aaron Fuller led the way with 108 yards on six catches. Washington beat the Utes for a third straight season, and holds an 11-1 lead in the all-time series.
Huskies coach Chris Petersen knew the opening month of the season for No. 10 Washington could end up being quite challenging. The opener against Auburn was a given. Now the Huskies open Pac-12 play Saturday night at Utah, an opponent that has given Washington fits in recent seasons.
In preparation this offseason for his third season as the Huskies’ starting free safety, Taylor Rapp studied film of Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald, two of the NFL’s most feared defensive players.
Jake Browning threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns, Ty Jones had two touchdown receptions , and No. 9 Washington finally pulled away in the second half for a 45-3 victory over North Dakota on Saturday.
When Chris Petersen looked back at the reasons No. 9 Washington dropped its season opener, he noted a lot of areas where the Huskies made mistakes.
If you’re a Washington football fan, you might have cracked one more brew than you should have over Labor Day weekend. You might have needed a way to dull the pain of that left-right combo the Huskies just dealt you.
Jatarvious Whitlow ran 10 yards for a touchdown with 6:15 remaining and the Auburn defense came through at the end, leading the No. 9 Tigers a 21-16 victory over No. 6 Washington that provided a big boost to their resume in the very first game of the season Saturday.
Against Alabama in the national semifinals here in 2016, Nick Harris was a 270-pound true freshman making just the fourth start of his career as the Washington Huskies’ right guard. In hindsight, he admitted he was overwhelmed playing for the first time against a defense of that stature on a stage that grand.
Even back in the bad, bad days of 0-12 – just a decade ago, can you believe it? – the Washington Huskies did their best to pass themselves off as a college football blueblood. OK, purpleblood.
The No. 6 Huskies are heading back to Atlanta for their highly anticipated season opener against No. 9 Auburn on Saturday (12:30 p.m. PT, ABC), and UW coach Chris Petersen is expecting a similar type of test the Huskies had there 20 months ago when they lost to Alabama in the national semifinals.
Ty Jones is expected to make a leap in his sophomore season as the Huskies look to replace the prolific production of departed wide receiver Dante Pettis.
Believe it or not, Washington won’t be the only top-10 football team taking the field inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sept. 1.