Lost in all the Seahawks hubbub of the weekend, we had another Husky game and another impressive Husky victory!
This time, it was against Utah State, which is a step up from Sacramento State, but again a huge step down when compared to the Pac-12. Jake Browning continued to make quick strides in his development, throwing for 22/31, 368 yards and 3 TDs against 1 INT. He had time to throw, for the most part, and he made good decisions, for the most part. There’s really a lot to like about how this kid has showed up so far this season, but the real test begins this upcoming Saturday. We host Cal (who’s undefeated and might have the best quarterback in the conference this year), then we play five consecutive ranked opponents (@ USC, Oregon, @ Stanford, Arizona, Utah). If anyone was hoping for a soft landing for our true freshman quarterback, they’re sorely out of luck.
But, if he rises to the challenge … hoo boy, we could be in for a real treat for the next three years.
The Huskies are still struggling to run the ball, which probably doesn’t bode well. Myles Gaskin led all rushers with 42 yards, but with only a 2.8 yards per carry average. We’re going to need significantly more than that if we expect to upset any of these teams coming up.
Also, I’ve got a bit of a bone to pick with Coach Pete. What the hell is going on with the Jeff Lindquist package? Maybe we’re just biding our time, trying to lull future opponents into a false sense of security, but are we going to have him run a quarterback draw every fucking time he gets on the field? Wouldn’t it make sense to have him throw at least once, to keep defenses honest? Here’s to hoping we get some fake-run goalline pop-passes against the Cal Bears this weekend.
Finally, big props to the defense, once again proving to everyone that it’s up to the task of replacing all of our NFL stars from last year. They held Utah State’s quarterback to around 50% passing and 2 picks, while holding their running game to a measly 83 yards on 30 attempts. For most of the game, Utah State couldn’t muster much of anything. When you consider last year’s defense was a disaster against Eastern Washington, and struggled at times against lesser foes like Illinois & Georgia State, this is a sight for sore eyes to be sure.
And, just like our quarterback, this week’s game against Cal will be a real test. Can we slow down a quarterback in Jared Goff who has already thrown for 898 yards and 9 TDs in three games? Suffice it to say, I’m happy this game is being played at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium (and not, say, some other field at Husky Stadium).