Keep on a-rockin’ me baby, and welcome to today’s Dots.
The desert jinx was defeated in Tucson again Saturday night, and laid to rest like a mummy spelled back to sleep as the sun sets forever on the Pac-12 epoch. The mummy will sleep beneath the desert sands until it is summoned by some future out-of-conference matchup against Zona or ASU, or (God forbid) a future desert-venue bowl game against Zona or ASU. But until that day, and that day may never come, the jinx will sleep and UW football is free of the desert dread.
I was at a birthday party on Saturday and didn’t catch up with the game until I jumped in my car and listened to the radio all the way to Tacoma. At that point Arizona’s first touchdown drive was in motion and from then on UW was outscored 24-17, Arizona’s offense looked pretty good against the Husky defense, and the Dawgs had a ton of penalties. But games are not just 3 quarters and UW did enough to overcome Arizona and their own self-inflicted wounds to leave the damned desert with their first conference road win and a 5-0 record.
My skewed view of the game belied the fact that Michael Penix, Jr had another great game despite zero TDs, Dillon Johnson ran the ball well, and in Jalen McMillan’s absence Germie Bernard stepped up for 8 catches for 98 yards and a rushing TD.
- UW Daily: “Washington has patience tested in narrow win over Arizona”
- Dan Raley: “Dillon Johnson Has Career Night With 91 Yards Rushing in the Desert”
- Christian Caple’s day after: “What to make of Washington’s defense after 31-24 win at Arizona”
- Dawgman Radio podcast: “Assessing Washington’s 31-24 Win At Arizona As Pac-12 After Dark Rears Its Ugly Head”
- Mike Vorel: “UW Huskies must play to a higher standard in clash with Oregon”
My Penix for Heisman agenda has never been stronger https://t.co/ZpkMr4c2By— Jay Arnold (@CoachJayArnold) October 1, 2023
UW safety Vince Nunley had the second highest defensive PFF grade (90.6) of any Pac-12 defender in week five against Arizona— Lars Hanson (@LarsHanson) October 1, 2023
Only Oregon linebacker Mase Funa had a higher defensive grade in the conference (92.4) while playing 10 fewer snaps than Nunley
- I think this needs to improve when Oregon comes to Husky Stadium:
Noah Fifita escaped sacks from Sekai Asoau-Afoa and Faatui Tuitele on that drive, and makes the Huskies pay. UW entered the game with five sacks on the season, ranking 115th nationally.— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) October 1, 2023
Steve Miller wrote more than just those 4 songs you hear all the time.