Washington football rolled over the BYU Cougars in their first road test of the season. The Huskies have risen to 17th in the AP Poll after winning 45-19
Washington football gave the fans some bad news before the game started, as starting running back Salvon Ahmed, who didn’t make the trip to Provo, was sidelined because of a lower leg injury.
Sean McGrew started the game at running back in place of Ahmed, but his Richard Newton scored the Huskies first touchdown on a 17-yard dime in the back of the endzone from Jacob Eason. The Huskies struck fast, as the first drive took just under three minutes.
On the day, McGrew had 110 yards on 18 carries, and Newton had 16 carries for 80 with a touchdown, along with his receiving touchdown.Newton is quickly becoming the guy Chris Petersen goes to when Washington is in the red zone.
Eason had a near-perfect day, missing on only four passes. His only mistake was forcing the ball into tight coverage at the end of the 3rd quarter, which led to an interception. Eason looked comfortable all day long, facing only a three man rush for most of the game. He completed 24 of 28 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns. He looked head and shoulders above the BYU defenders. The offensive line did an outstanding job all day, and if they can dominate like that, they can beat anyone.
The defense looked great, and shockingly, as great as the box score looks, they missed a ton of opportunities. Senior linebacker Brandon Wellington ran a fumble recovery back 69 yards after fellow linebacker Ryan Bowman recorded a strip sack on Zach Wilson. This was the first defensive touchdown of the season for the Dawgs, and they didn’t stop there.
The defense went on to force two more turnovers, a forced fumble by true freshman Trent McDuffie, and an interception from true freshman Asa Turner. If the Dawgs can continue to play like this on defense, they can take dominate a game defensively.
This was a complete game for the Huskies, and for now, we can say the Huskies can play well on the road.