Coming into tonight’s game, what was your worst-case scenario for how you thought the team might play? Because it probably tracks pretty closely to what we saw on the field in the first quarter. In the game’s first 15 minutes, the Huskies ran six plays to Arizona’s 28, controlled the ball for 3:57 against Arizona’s 11:03, gained 33 yards against the Wildcats’ 143, and trailed 7-0 with the Wildcats sitting second-and-goal.
Things looked better at the start of the second half for Washington, as the defense forced a turnover on downs before the Wildcats could put points on the board for a second time, and Jake Browning engineered an impressive eight-play, 97-yard drive that culminated in a touchdown on a John Ross reverse. However, Arizona immediately answered when quarterback Brandon Dawkins shed a Psalm Wooching tackle and scampered 79 yards for a Wildcat touchdown and a 14-7 lead.
The Huskies answered on their next drive, with Browning connecting with John Ross for a 12-yard touchdown pass that tied the game at 14-all. And Kevin King showed his worth five plays into Arizona’s next possession, intercepting Dawkins’ deep pass to give Washington the ball at their own 37-yard line.
The Dawgs’ drive, however, stalled thanks to a pair of sacks, and Washington punted fourth-and-25, deep in their own territory. Arizona fumbled the punt return, though, and Washington picked up the ball in prime position to take the lead into halftime. Cameron Van Winkle’s 45-yard attempt, though, clinked off the left upright, and the Dawgs headed into the locker room tied 14-14 with Arizona.
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