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This was a big game as the Washington Huskies looked to keep their Pac-12 North hopes alive. The Purple and Gold hosted the Stanford Cardinal and knowing how poor their offence had played in recent weeks looked to a returning Myles Gaskin to spark the woeful attack. Gaskin would oblige as he carried the ball 28 times for a 148 yards and a TD to power the Huskies to a 27-23 win.
Jake Browning looked shaky again this week with just 16 or 27 passing for 194 yards. He did however get the Dawgs off to the right start in the 1st quarter with a rollout run to the right from the 2 for the TD. Later in the 1st Browning would also roll out in the red zone to hit WR Drew Sample for a TD pass to put the Dawgs up 14-0.
In the 2nd quarter Gaskin would show his shoulder to be back at full strength with a 6 yard run up the middle to put the Huskies up 21-0.
The 2nd half is when the miscues would come into play as the Cardinal would outscore the Huskies 23-6 in the final 42 minutes of the game. during this stretch, the Huskies managed just 210 yards on 50 plays and 2 field goals.
Luckily the start of the game gave the Dawgs the room they needed. So did 5th-year senior defensive tackle Greg Gains as he made the play of the game as he intercepted Stanford’s QB K.J. Costello on a leaping dive. The tipped by Ben Burr-Kirven would fall into the future NFL prospect’s grip for the 1st of 3 interceptions by the Huskies.