Two blemishes on a shiny season
But the team did have two losses. The first happened when the Washington Huskies ran into the desert storm of the Arizona State Sun Devils. In that game, Washington lost by six points, but seemed to all but abandon the run needlessly.
That theme repeated once more, as that same Washington Football team dropped its second and final game to Stanford. As before, the loss seemed to incubate from the laissez faire disinterest in running the ball and working on winning the time of possession. Stanford controlled the clock 13 minutes longer than Washington. While Myles Gaskin averaged 6.7 yards per carry, his number was only called 18 times. In sharp contrast, Bryce Love rushed 5.5 yards per carry, but he carried the ball 30 times.
Rigid scheme, disastrous results
In both games, the offensive game plan seemed to be rigid and unaffected by what was actually happening on the field. In both games, Browning was under pressure to deliver, receivers were not getting much separation, and the running game was incredibly effective. Yet in both games, the script overrode the reality, and the team refused to switch the burden from Browning’s arm to Gaskin’s legs. In both games, losses may have been avoided.
Hopefully, the Huskies have learned their lesson. At least, they seemed to when they entrusted Myles Gaskin to power the team to victory over cross-state rivals Washington State. In the Apple Cup Bowl, Gaskin carried the ball 25 times for 192 yards and four touchdowns. Browning only dropped back 17 times. Will that continue in the Fiesta Bowl?