Washington Football on track now, defeats Montana 63-7

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 09: Wide receiver Dante Pettis
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 09: Wide receiver Dante Pettis /
SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 09: Wide receiver Dante Pettis
SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 09: Wide receiver Dante Pettis /

In the second week of following the script, the Washington Football team rebounded for a very convincing win against the Montana Grizzlies 63-7

It was the best of times to be a Washington football team fan. The Montana Grizzlies offered enough of a challenge to force the Huskies to focus, but not enough to drag the Huskies deep into the game before the game was decided. The game was decided by the end of the first half, but the highlight reel kept on rolling.

If you were disappointed in last week’s performance, hopefully your eyes feasted on this gem of a game.  The Huskies truly did deliver on all elements, signifying that the team has solid, and effective coaching.

Ultimately, this game was a test of the Washington football team offensive and defensive lines.  The Huskies needed to put both squads on the right path, and looking at the results of the  game, that happened

High goals = high achievement

The keys to a Washington victory were set high, and the team did not disappoint. Let’s review the keys identified in the pregame analysis:

I –  Deliver on all cylinders

The Huskies delivered on offense, defense, and special teams. By the fourth quarter, head coach Chris Petersen began rotating players off the bench. Even so, the team continued on the throttle, with a touchdown and an early fumble recovery.

By game’s end, eight different Huskies scored touchdowns. That’s huge for this team, as last week seemed to rest on the backs of just a few players. This game was truly a team effort.

II – The return of Azeem Victor needed to revitalize the Huskies’ front seven

Linebacker Azeem Victor was back, and it showed. His presence seemed to buoy the entire defense, with each player in the right position to make plays. The front line stepped up to shake up the Montana offense all day. The Montana Grizzlies came in with a potent passing offense, but the Huskies ground that aerial attack. By games end, the Grizzlies were held to under 200 yards for the second week in a row.

Offense comes alive

III – Jake Browning needed to pass at a 65 percent accuracy at a minimum

The Washington Football team lives or dies at the hand of quarterback Jake Browning.  Today, life was very good. Browning was effective and efficient, throwing 22 of 26 times for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns against one interception.

IV – The team needed to get wide receivers Dante Pettis and Chico McClatcher involved in the passing game

The team needed to involve both wide receivers in the offense, and for the most part, they did so. While the yards did not pile up past the century mark, Pettis pulled in four and McClatcher pulled in five passes on the day. Unfortunately, it was a pass off the hands of Pettis which resulted in the only blemish to the passing game, a pick six interception by Montana’s Josh Sandry for 36 yards.

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V –  Myles Gaskin needed to show up big in the running game.

While this didn’t happen, it didn’t stop the Huskies from putting five runners on the scoreboard, and a committee approach for 213 yards rushing. That works well, as the team relied seemingly too much on the rushing production of Gaskin last year.  So far this year, the team is truly meting out the number of his carries, and involving more runners in the ground game.

Game Wrap Up

Washington Husky fans could not have asked for more. It was a complete team win. It was a game the team needed to win big, and they did. Montana did not quit, took plenty of chances, and showed flashes of excellence on some plays. But they had the misfortune of timing their game in Seattle on the week the Huskies needed to deliver big.

Next: Washington Football: A rundown of Huskies future opponents

The Huskies move on to host the Fresno State Bulldogs, while the Grizzlies return home to face the Savannah State Tigers.  The Huskies remain undefeated. Two down.