Huskies lose in near miss 13-16 versus Boise State

huskiesThe “Smurf Turf” at Boise State was the scene where Chris Petersen (University of Washington Huskies) returned to his old team only to be downed 13-16.

The Broncos of Boise State stormed to a 16-0 lead on the Huskies making the Montlake Mutts look quite pedestrian.   Bronco Running back Jeremy McNichols provided the fuel with 89 rushing yards and 2 TDs to build the early lead.

However, a Dante Pettis’ 76-yard punt return for a touchdown gave the Purple and Gold of Washington a chance.  The Husky defense bore down as the game wore on preventing any points in the 2nd half.

Jake Browning got the start as UW’s starting quarterback, the first true freshman to win the job in Washington history and the first time Petersen has gone with such a young quarterback in his coaching career.   Jake went 20-35 for a 150 yards and 1 interception; definitely a Freshman outing, but considering he kept the team in the game, one has to think the future is bright.

A rookie mistake though caught Browning in an untimely sack with less than a minute to go.  Petersen called on Kicker Cameron Van Winkle to try and force overtime, but his attempt went wide right to scrub a tie against the #23 team in the nation.

SSU Player of the Game

Dante Pettis caught 2 passes for 24 yards and had a 76 yard punt return for a TD to keep UW in the game.

SSU’s Take

Coach Pete has decided that he isn’t going to let convention dictate his process.  Many people (including me) would have expected to have K.J. Carta Samuels or Jeff Lindquist take the bumps of the veteran Bronco defense.  Coach Pete is going to accelerate Browning’s learning curve.  Time will tell if this was the right decision

The Husky defense was impressive in the second half.  The run defense tightened up and the pass defense became solid.  There is talent on this side of the ball; hopefully a cupcake next week will allow for some experience gathering.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.