On Saturday night at Husky Stadium Washington (6-2) got over their huge blowout loss to Stanford the previous week by getting back in the W column with a solid 42-31 win over Arizona (2-6).
Here are 5 reasons the Huskies beat the Wildcats and with the win Washington are now bowl eligible for the 2nd straight season.
1. Arizona had no answer for Chris Polk - To say UW RB Chris Polk had a big game against Arizona is a bit of an understatement, as he became the first Huskies’ player ever to rush for over 100 yards and have 100 receiving yards in a game.
Polk finished with 144 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving and he had 4 rushing TD and one TD reception.
Polk had to have a good game, as even though UW QB Keith Price passed for 277 yards with 1 TD he had 3 INT.
2. The Huskies’ run defense was solid - The Huskies did give up a lot of passing yards, but their rushing defense came up big and stuffed the run with the Wildcats only gaining 36 yards on the ground. Arizona’s lead RB Keola Antolin only had 27 yards averaging 3 yards per carry.
3. The UW defense came through in the 4th quarter -At the beginning of the 4th quarter Arizona kicked a field goal, which gave them a 31-28 lead, but that was the last time the Wildcats scored.
Polk had his 3rd rushing TD in the game to give the lead back to the Huskies. The the Dawgs D came up huge when Arizona was driving and Washington’s Will Shamburger stripped the ball from Arizona WR Juron Criner and UW LB Princeton Fuimaono recovered.
4. Huskies’ 3rd down defense was solid - Washington gave up a lot of yards through the air, but they held Arizona to only 3/11 on 3rd down conversions.
5. Turnovers - The Washington pass defense allowed QB Nick Foles to pass for 388 yards with 2 TD, but they also came up with 3 interceptions.
The fumble recovery in the 4th quarter was HUGE, as the Huskies only had a 4-point lead and after the fumble they marched in to score to pad their lead to 11, which Zona could not come back from.
Next Up: The Huskies next game this Saturday is big, as they face 8th ranked Oregon at home.
If they can win that game, which is a tall task to say the least, they will likely climb back in the top 25 and it may really help get them a much better bowl game.
The Huskies are 0-2 against ranked teams this season.