Last week’s 45-3 win was nothing special, but it was fun nonetheless. I got to go to this one, and honestly the tailgating was the best part.
I thought the defense bounced back nicely. Not that North Dakota poses much of a threat, but still. I could’ve easily seen them throw up some garbage TDs late in the game, but we held them to just a field goal. Really, their one long run of 69 yards (nice) was the only thing they did all day.
The offense, however, was another story. Now, maybe it’s the dozens of beers I consumed that morning, but I really don’t remember us looking all that good. The numbers would appear to bear that out. Jake Browning threw for 313 yards and 2 TDs, but he also threw 2 picks.
The real galling thing about this game was how inept our rushing attack was for the second week in a row. I mean, we’ve bolstered our O-Line, and we have an NFL running back in Myles Gaskin as our lead rusher; HOW ARE WE THIS BAD? Gaskin ran 15 times for only 53 yards. Salvon Ahmed had a solid game, but they only handed him the ball 4 times! For 44 yards! IT’S TIME TO GIVE AHMED MORE TOUCHES YOU GUYS, IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T NOTICED, HE’S PRETTY FUCKING GREAT!
There was apparently a lot of rushing after I left early in the 4th quarter – to go and catch that evening’s Mariners game – because the team as a whole looked okay with 195 yards and a 5.7 yards-per-carry average. But, for the first half – where the Huskies only amassed a 17-0 lead – it was, as coach said, pedestrian.
I still stand by what I said before the Auburn game – I do believe it’s better to play those teams right out of the gate, as the surprise factor more than anything can be a big equalizer, particularly on the road like that – but maybe it wasn’t the best thing for THIS Husky team. Maybe this team needed a soft landing to start the season, before ramping up against the more elite teams.
I sure as shit hope so, because we’ve got a pretty good team coming up this week in the Utes. It’s a road game, it’s at 7pm, and it’s going to be a dogfight in every sense of the term!
Can’t lose this game. At all. I think that snuffs our playoff hopes before they even got started, and that would be a bummer too big to overcome. Sure, the conference title would still be in play, but it sucks to think that’s a consolation prize this early in the season. I’d like to still have that inkling of hope, if that’s all right with the Huskies.
I will say that I’m NOT going to jump on this bandwagon of fans who are clamoring for Jake Haener to take over for Browning … but I’d certainly consider it a lot more if Browning lays an egg in Utah. At this point, I have to believe it’s all mental with him, and if he’s going to have the yips in every big game we play, then it’s time to move on and look to the future. This Husky team is TOO GOOD to have a sub-par quarterback ruining the entire season.