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The Washington Huskies looked sluggish in the 1st half in this “duel in the desert.” Still licking their wounds from an embarrassing loss to Stanford last week, the Huskies were caught inattentive trailing the Arizona Wildcats by a score of 17-13 at halftime. In front of nearly 48k crazed Wildcat fans, the Dawgs woke up in the 2nd half and dumped 37 points on their hosts.
The Husky defense and special teams stepped up with four takeaways and a blocked punt. The defense was particularly capable in keeping dynamic QB Khalil Tate at bay with just 175 yards passing, while sacking him 4 times, intercepting him once, and forcing a fumble.
The Husky offense which couldn’t get things started against the Cardinal and for ½ the game against Arizona came alive. QB Jake Eason threw for 243 yards and 2 TDs, while RB Salvon Ahmed ran for 3 TDs and 95 yards. Fellow RB Sean McGrew added 106 yards on the ground.
”We know how we can play football,” Eason said. ”Some guys stepped up. We played our brand of football in the second half and it showed today.”
The Dawgs got a lot everyone involved on offense finishing with 207 yards rushing by 4 different runners, while Eason’s 15 completions went to 7 different receivers. The awakening by the Dawgs comes in time for a huge game next week against #12 Oregon in a battle at Husky Stadium. The Huskies have virtually no shot of winning the PAC12 with 2 in-conference losses; however, they can play spoiler to the Ducks and later on this year the Utah Utes.