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Huskies defense comes up big when needed the most in win over Cal

Washington vs. Cal – Week 4 Recap

Pac-12 play opened this weekend for the University of Washington Huskies football team against the Cal Bears.  The game was close, but the results were familiar as Washington escaped another nail biter against Cal, 31-23.

It seems each time these two play, it comes down to the last play of the game to determine the outcome.  The Huskies wouldn’t have it any other way, though, as they hit 3-1 for the first time since 2006.

QB Keith Price was impressive yet again, delivering bullet after bullet to his teammates in another explosive offensive showing.  RB Chris Polk continued to impress and added new dimension to his game as he made a huge play for the Huskies.  TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and WR Devin Aguilar made several clutch catches to help the Huskies top the Bears.

Price’s pocket presence seems to be getting better each week as is his field vision.  He stood and delivered two touchdown strikes to Sefarian-Jenkins and another to Polk, who took his catch 70 yards for the score.  Aguilar helped set up both touchdowns to Seferian-Jenkins with big yardage completions as he made his way through the Cal defense and took the Huskies downfield.

Price now has 14 passing touchdowns through 4 games this season, more than Jake Locker threw all last year.

The Cal defense stymied Polk’s rushing game, holding him to 60 yards on 20 carries for a dismal 3 yard per carry average.  He did find the endzone on the ground, though, with a 2 yard touchdown.

Price was 19 of 25 for 292 yards and 3 touchdowns, doing his part in getting the Huskies their 409 yards of total offense in the game.

Huskies upend Cal to open Pac-12 play

The Husky defense, although problematic at times, came up big when it was needed most and made the crucial stops to hold the lead and win.  LB Cort Dennison made two huge tackles, knocking a 3rd and 4th down completion from the receivers hands to get the Huskies the ball back.

The defense stopped 3 of Cal’s drives that were in the Husky redzone or close to it, and held them to field goals each time.  They even score a turnover on downs after Dennison’s game saving hit that knocked the 4th down pass out of the receiver’s hands.

The Husky defense gave up career days to both Cal QB Zach Maynard (23/43 349 yds, 1 TD) and Cal WR Keenan Allen (10 catches, 197 yds, 1 TD).  Allen scored his lone touchdown on a strike from Maynard for 90 yards, the longest pass play in Cal history.

CB Quentin Richardson blew his coverage assignment on Allen and he slipped past the Husky defense for the long score.

The Huskies got pretty banged up during the game, as RB Johri Fogerson, DE Hau’oli Jamora and LB John Timu all got knocked out of the game with injuries.  Timu was carted off the field immediately after sustaining a neck injury.

The win puts the Huskies in first place in the Pac-12 with a 1-0 conference record.  Hey, it may only be one game in, but who thought they could say the Huskies would be leading the Pac-12?


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