As recently as last week I was on record as saying that one needs to earn their way onto the Husky Game Awards, we don’t hand out participatory awards. A player needs to stand out in order to earn the prestigious internet award. Awards are only for a select few. I am a hypocrite.
Offensive Game Ball: Literally Everyone
Stanford was allowing 12 points per game heading into Friday night. That number number is now significantly larger. It more than doubled, actually. Now that Washington has had its way with the Tree, Stanford was allowing over 26 points per game. Using the math skills I learned in school, that’s a much bigger number.
The reason for that is that the Husky offense was dominant. Yes, Stanford was missing its top two corners. Losing two corners doesn’t make much of a difference when the defensive front isn’t able to get a single sack for an entire four-quarter game. Losing two corners doesn’t make a difference when the opposing team averages over five yards per carry. That number is admittedly aided by Jake Browning and K.J. Karta-Samuels not being sacked even once throughout the entire game.
Defensive Game Ball: Literally Everyone
Christian McCaffrey is so talented that ESPN doesn’t advertise Stanford, it advertises Christian McCaffrey. Christian McCaffrey was mathematically 105% of the Cardinal offense. Christian McCaffrey had 223 all-purpose yards while Stanford had 213 yards of total offense.
It takes a lot to hold a player of McCaffrey’s caliber in check. Twelve carries for 49 yards is respectable if unremarkable. Five catches for 30 yards is uninspiring. The most versatile offensive weapon in college football requires 11 players to stop, and Washington was able to do so.
Oregon has given Stanford issues over the years. Oregon wins with speed around the field and with pace, with tempo. What Oregon doesn’t do is physically dominate teams. Stanford doesn’t get physically dominated. Well, previously didn’t get physically dominated. Washington sacked the Stanford quarterbacks a total of eight times. What Joe Mathis did here isn’t even included:
This play deserves more talk than it has. Chris Petersen mentioned in a press conference this week that Stanford is more of a system than a team. That system is beating you into submission by manhandling your will away from you. The symbol of that physical dominance is monster offensive linemen that push you back and push you over. They then push you down and push you over. The process repeats itself over, and over again. What Mathis did to Casey Tucker was a microcosm of the entire game. The big bad man on campus just had his rent check stolen.
Most important play: Literally Every Play
Washington dominated on a snap-to-snap basis so thoroughly that there was wonder if Washington was too successful and made Stanford look too bad. There were a number of fans that were worried that UW cheapened what would be its biggest win of the season until the College Football Playoff.
We have an article of all the highlights of the night. There were a lot of highlights. There were a lot of important plays. No play is the “most” important. The final score was 44-6. There wasn’t a single point you can point to that turned the game around. There wasn’t a specific sack that killed a drive or a specific long play that broke things open. UW continually broke Stanford physical play by physical play.
Walter Camp Foundation Defensive Player of the Week: Psalm Wooching
Okay this award isn’t one that the Dawg Pound hands out but it is something that we should recognize. Wooching had the best game on the entire defense. The defense had its best game of the season. Does that mean Wooching had the best game of any Husky for the entire season?
Wooching finished with three sacks and a forced fumble. Go watch the highlights and you will see Wooching in the Stanford backfield wreaking havoc. His war paint was back in full effect. The phrase “hair on fire” would describe his play were he not a fire dancer. He was not the focal point of Stanford’s attack this week and Wooching made them pay for not taking him into account.
His defense was so good that he even knocked a Browning pass to the ground! Browning could/should have hit the former fullback in the numbers and then Wooching would have really had a day. As it is, three sacks is a good evening’s work.