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The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown: Oregon State Edition

Hot takes, cold hard facts, and general speculation after UW’s 42-23 win over Oregon State.

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Washington Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

The Huskies dominated the first quarter. 28 to 3 counts as domination right? The Huskies had four offensive drives in the first quarter that ended in the following ways: Touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, and touchdown. They managed to hold Oregon State’s solid offense to a field goal on their opening drive, and then shut them out the rest of the quarter.

The running game was strong. The Huskies piled up 275 rush yards, with Myles Gaskin netting 135, while Salvon Ahmed contributed 76. Sean McGrew and QB Jake Browning also added on 42 and 30 yards, respectively. Gaskin, aided by his 64 yard run on the opening drive, Gaskin averaged 7,5 yards per carry in his final game at Husky stadium. He also tacked on a touchdown for good measure. Ahmed averaged 8.4 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns. It’s important to keep in mind that Oregon State’s defense has been atrocious this season and has given up an average of 272 rushing yards per game (through 11 games).

Jake Browning had a very Jake Browning stat line for his final game at Husky Stadium. Browning completed 17-23 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns. That’s both efficient and effective. The three touchdown passes means that he finished his career in Husky Stadium with 55 touchdown passes. Oh yeah, he’s also now the winningest quarterback in Pac-12 football history. Bravo Jake. Bow down.

Trey Adams is back! You probably already noticed or heard the news, but preseason All-American LT Trey Adams saw the field for the first time in over a year. He looked a little rusty and got caught holding once in the third quarter, but it was good to see the 6’8” ~330 lbs Adams back out there. Reports are that he’s effectively redshirted this season (he’s played in one game and the Huskies have 2 to 3 more, keeping him to the 4 game limit).

Welcome to the party: Edefuan Ulofoshio. A big shout out goes to this true freshman walk-on linebacker. Originally from Alaska, he transferred to play his high school ball at Bishop Gorman (Nevada) before attending the UW. He saw his first game action on Saturday and ended up forcing two fumbles, one of which was recovered by the Huskies. Talk about being an impact player! It’ll be exciting to see this kid get more snaps moving forward.

The Bad

Lots of special teams mishaps...

Peyton Henry missed a field goal. It came early in the 4th quarter when the game was already more or less decided, so there are no serious implications here. All kickers will miss some kicks and college kickers are certainly capable of missing quite a few. Henry is now 14 for 19, which ties him for 55th best nationally in field goal percentage... pretty dang average. Nothing to freak out about. One thing that is becoming clear at this point in the season is Henry’s reliable range. He’s 8 for 9 from 20-29 yards out, 5 for 7 from 30-39 yards, and 1 for 3 from 40 plus yards. Shocker, the longer the kick the lower his average. No breaking news there. Let’s give him some credit on his PATs though, as he’s gone a perfect 38 for 38 on the season.

Oregon State blocked a punt. Add this to the long list errors on special teams this season. But wait, there’s more...

Oregon State also pulled off a fake punt and a surprise onside kick. You have to give Oregon State some love here. They really went all out against the Huskies and made some crazy stuff work. It seemed like a Boise State era Chris Peterson game plan at it’s finest... except those plays were dialed up by his former offensive coordinator and current Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith. Anyway, the fake punt didn’t lead to any points, while the onside kick did. The onside kick was especially painful to watch given that the ball took a direct bounce off of a Husky player along the front line and then took another perfect bounce back to Oregon State. Call it a combo of luck and skill, but that was weird to watch and I’m pretty stunned it worked.

The Unknown

Will the coaching staff burn Hunter Bryant’s redshirt eligibility this season? Bryant had two catches for 55 yards against Oregon State. That was his second game this season, which means that he can only play in two of the potentially three games left without burning his redshirt eligibility.

There was speculation that he would be held out of this game due to the level of the opponent and to preserve his redshirt season, while allowing him to play against the Cougs and in a potential Pac-12 Championship game, as well as the eventual bowl game. The fact that he played would lead one to think that either the coaches are planning on sitting him during one of the upcoming games (very unlikely), or perhaps that they don’t believe Bryant will be sticking around for a 5th year... let alone a 4th. If that’s the case and they believe that he’s NFL bound prior to the end of his eligibility, it would make sense to play him as much as possible.

Go Dawgs.