The Washington Huskies made things a little (maybe a lot) closer last Saturday night against a winless UCLA team than most fans were comfortable with. After taking a 24-7 lead into halftime, the Dawgs held on for a seven point win in a game that was more in doubt than either Utah (21-7) or ASU (27-20).
While I never felt like the Huskies were going to lose that game, failing to answer UCLA’s touchdown at he beginning of the 4th quarter was surprising. UW went eight plays, 25 yards and punted. I expected the offense to put together a scoring drive at that point, instead they gave the ball back to the Bruins with a chance to tie the game.
That’s when the UW defense showed up big time. Three plays, two yards, and a UCLA punt. From there we saw the drive I was expecting, a 12-play 81-yard march ending in a Myles Gaskin touchdown. The drive drained the clock under four minutes, and although UCLA scored again, it was too late.
All three of Washington’s Pac-12 games have been decided in the 4th quarter, and all three could have been blowouts. But they were not. UW was hindered by a terrible Jake Browning attempted throw away against Utah, and a massive punt return by ASU came at a time when it looked like the Huskies would run away and hide. In their latest game, Washington was often out-executed by a bad (although talented) UCLA football team.
In 2016, the Dawgs were killing virtually everyone, but did need overtime to win at Arizona, and the Utah game was decided by Dante Pettis’ late punt return. Last season saw UW struggle in the first half against Colorado, only to run away in the second half. They pounded bad OSU and Cal teams before dropping the game in Tempe.
The Pac-12 conference is pretty balanced this season, and I’m not sure we have as bad of “bad” teams as in 2016.
Are you worried that none of these games have been blowouts? I personally don’t care how UW wins the games in terms of “looking good for the polls.” If UW can manage to win out, that would be a feat not often accomplished in this conference, and one that should put them in the playoffs.
But the lack of putting teams away is not good for my blood pressure, and makes me wonder if this team is good enough for great things.
Are you worried that UW is not blowing out some of these Pac-12 foes?
This poll is closed
Nope. Just win the games.
Yes. This Husky team is not that great
Yes. I think UW is better than this and they are making me sweat too much