Slow start by Huskies leads to too little too late loss in Rose Bowl to Buckeyes

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The Washington Huskies saw an offensive explosion in the 2nd half of the Rose Bowl as UW senior Jake Browning tossed 204 yards while fellow senior RB Myles Gaskin ran for 97 yards with 2 rushing TDs and one passing TD in the second half to bring the Huskies close to a win. However, going down by 25 points in the 1st half, UW had a large hill to climb but could only pull to within 4 points with a 28-24 loss to Ohio State.

“I mean, I think we’re close,” Browning said. “We’re doing a good job of getting into the big game and doing a good job in Pac-12 play a little bit. Being able to win two Pac-12 championships in four years had been big, but some of these bigger games, especially the past two years, I feel like we’ve started slow. It was just too little, too late. We kind of put it together at the end. I think we’re close, we’re right there.” –Jake Browning

Ohio State’s QB Dwayne Haskins had an solid 1st half passing with 3 TDs. The Huskies would however, figure out how to stymie the Buckeyes offense as they would shut them down in the 2nd half. Oddly enough the Buckeyes, up by 25, kept passing rather than going to the ground game to run the clock out. Especially odd, as RB Mike Weber dominated with 96 yards on 15 carries.

The Huskies took advantage of this odd compulsion to pass and light the last third of the game with an explosive offense. UW remembered that their most dangerous receiver, TE Hunter Bryant was an option. After being neglected in the whole first half, he would get 4 catches for 51 yards aiding Browning in the comeback attempt. WR Andrew Baccellia would haul in 12 catches for 109 yards but it would be the ground game that would make the difference.

Gaskin would light it up on the ground and then he would throw a touchdown pass and rushed for two more scores for the Huskies (10-4), scoring from 2 yards out with 42 seconds left. And while his longest run would only be 19 yards, his 24 carries for 121 yards would prove how the 2018 Huskies were built off his broad shoulders.

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