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This is not the Washington Husky team that almost lost to Vernon Adams Eastern Washington University just a few years ago. This is a Chris Petersen team who does not look past any team be they FBS or FCS level. EWU QB Eric Barriere brought a high octane offense that is ranked #3 in the nation at the FCS level, but unfortunately, a largely no-name defense and a 5-star QB in Jake Eason flexed their muscle and took the 47-14 win.
Jacob Eason had a phenomenal debut for the Washington Huskies. Made a few big throws and looked decisive and in command all game long. pic.twitter.com/qeRM60NQN2
— AJ Schulte (@AJDraftScout) September 4, 2019
The UW defense stifled the Eagles run game, allowing just 63 yards on 30 carries. The Eagles were forced to turn to the air game and the Huskies learned they have a solid pass defense that allowed just 211 yards in the air and 4 sacks. The Eagles did manage a 64 yard long bomb TD from Barriere to Andrew Boston late in the 1st half but that would be about it for the excitement of the visitors from Cheney, WA.
1️⃣ #Pac12FB Defensive Lineman of the Week award
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) September 3, 2019
“We didn’t play our best game today so I’m excited to see that unfold throughout the year to be better, but I wish we would have given them a better game for both parties,” Eastern Washington coach Aaron Best said. “I don’t think we executed well. In pockets we did, but for the most part we didn’t and Jacob Eason is the real deal.”
Transfer QB Jake Eason had a nifty game with 346 yards and 4 TDS. Taking his first snaps since 2017 the return seemed almost natural for him. He led touchdown drives on 4 of his first 5 possessions before coach Petersen called off the dawgs and turned the game into an effort to run out the clock. Eason would throw to 8 different targets making use of the full field both vertically and horizontally.
Freshman Rich Newton would shock the fans with a 91 yard game on 12 carries. While many expected junior Salvon Ahmed to be the workhorse RB, he ended up splitting time with Newton. This could mean that the RB job will be by committee, a departure form the old Myles Gaskin bell cow days.
The Huskies weren’t afraid to go to youth on defense either. Redshirt freshmen Tuli Letuligasenoa and Sam Taimani were also staples in the rotation, while true freshmen Faatui Tuitele, Jacob Bandes and Noa Ngalu also entered the game in mop-up time.