All I really know about the Husky game on Saturday was that it was an absolutely perfect day from start to finish.
Well, that might be pushing it. I was pretty severely hungover from a Friday night blitzkrieg with my dad and brother, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me from getting up at around 8am, getting a couple of sausage biscuits and hashbrowns from McDonald’s, and willing myself to Seattle from Tacoma for the big day.
We set up our tailgate under the covers at the Padelford lot to protect against the rain, and the Bud Lights were cracked open I want to say before noon. I had a better-than-average day at the beer pong table, enjoyed one more frosty beverage on our walk to the stadium, and at halftime even managed to take down a couple more at whatever beer garden they have just next to The Zone. Did we miss some of the third quarter? Hell, shit happens.
Do I remember much of what happened at the game? Not totally. I know this: Myles Gaskin is a total boss and this team needs him active and doing his thing more than anyone wants to admit.
The Huskies tore it up early, taking a 21-0 lead into halftime before holding on to a 27-23 victory. Gaskin had 148 yards and a touchdown on a whopping 28 carries, as this team apparently has some really serious concerns at the position heading into next year. No one else did ANYTHING on the ground in this game, or really much at all this season.
Browning had a nice bounce-back game, albeit pretty nondescript. 194 yards and a touchdown, but more importantly, no real back-breaking mistakes.
The most important thing is just getting the victory. The Huskies are 7-3 overall, and 5-2 in conference play, putting us right in line for a spot at the Rose Bowl. We get a much-needed BYE this week before a home game against the Beavers (meaning we get a much-needed 2 BYE weeks in a row). That should hopefully rest us up for a showdown for the Pac-12 North title against the Cougars in Pullman. That game will be hyped up like you won’t believe!
The Cougs, to their credit, have done what needs to be done. They’re 8-1 overall, 5-1 in conference. They go to Colorado this week, then host Arizona next week. I haven’t done the tie-breaking, but they could conceivably lose both of those games and still have a shot at the Pac-12 Championship game by winning the Apple Cup (as they should hold the tie-breaker over the Huskies, Cardinal, and Ducks in that scenario). So, it’s a little weird that there’s so many meaningless games between now and Thanksgiving, but that’s the world we’re living in, I guess.
Right now, my plan is to enjoy the BYE week with a little drunken movie night with friends. I think we’ve all earned a little rest from worrying about the constant rollercoaster that is this Husky football season.