University of Washington Huskies use fast start in dominating win over Washington State Cougars.
The Washington Huskies bolted to an early 14-0 lead and never looked back in their 45 to 17 win over the Washington State Cougars in the battle for the Pac 12 North Division title.
After taking the opening kickoff the Huskies went on a seven play 76-yard drive that ended with Myles Gaskin 2 yard run to give the Huskies the 7-0 lead. The Husky defense forced a Washington State turnover on the Cougars first drive of the game and promptly returned the ball back to Husky offense. Washing quarterback Jake Browning did not waste the gift as he found Dante Pettis on any 18-yard pass play to give Washington the 14-0 with 7:45 left in the first quarter.
After an Erik Powell 37 yard field goal narrowed Washington’s lead to 14-3, the Huskies defense forced two Cougar punts and the offense wasted no time in capitalizing on the stellar play of their brethren. Husky quarterback Jake Browning showed why he is considered one of best players in college football when he threw two consecutive touchdown passes, the first was a 61 yarder to Dante Pettis and the second a six-yarder to John Ross.
Cougar return specialist Jamal Morrow brought life to Martin Stadium when he returned a Husky punt 64 yards to the Wash 6.The Husky defense answered the call to duty once again and stopped the Cougars on four downs from the two-yard line. The Washington offense made its once transgression of the afternoon when John Ross fumbled the ball on the Huskies next offensive possession after catching a 16-yard pass from Jake Browning.
The turnover gave life to the listless Cougar offense and the home side was able to score its first TD of the game when Jamal Morrow scored on a one-yard run to narrow the score to 28 to 10.
The Husky offense found it’s lost swagger and put the game out of reach with a back breaking seven play 85-yard touchdown drive that was capped by a 22 yard run by Lavon Coleman that pushed Washington’s lead to 35 -10.
The Husky defense put an exclamation to the half when Husky defensive back D.J. Beavers intercepted a Luke Falk pass at the nine-yard line with 37 seconds left in the half to stop another Cougar offensive threat.
Washington State quarterback Gabe Marks connected with Gabe Marks on a nine-yard TD pass play for the Cougars lone second half touchdown. Lavon Coleman scored his second TD of the game when he scores from 15 yards out in the fourth quarter and Cameron Van Winkle added a 41-yard field to close out the scoring as the Huskies won their fourth consecutive Apple Cup and a berth in next Fridays PAC-12 Championship game.