Washington football rebounded in a big way after an embarrassing game in Stanford the week prior
After a disastrous game at Stanford, Washington football came into Tucson with a vengeance, and they were able to come away with a 51-27 victory in one of the toughest environments for the Huskies to play in.
Washington’s defense came to play, and showed off their pass rush prowess against the always dangerous Khalil Tate, recording four sacks and nine total tackles for loss.
The Huskies special teams were able to get two turnovers in the first quarter behind a blocked punt from Levi Onwuzurike, and a muffed punt, but the Huskies were forced to settle for field goals.
Arizona dominated the second quarter, scoring two touchdowns and a field goal while Washington looked lost on offense for most of the first half. The only touchdown the Huskies were able to muster in the first half came off of a Tate fumble that Brandon Wellington picked up and walked in to the end zone.
Washington’s offense got going in the third quarter scoring two touchdowns on two of their first three possessions. Redshirt freshman tight end Jack Westover had his first catch and touchdown for the first, and running back Salvon Ahmed scored the first of his three. Both were set up on key catches from Aaron Fuller.
Arizona tried to tighten the game up to start the fourth, but a few penalties bailed the Huskies out and forced the Wildcats to settle for a field goal.
Fuller had the first touchdown of the fourth off a spectacular throw from Jacob Eason. Ryan Bowman made probably the play of the night on defense, making a leaping interception that reminded some Husky fans of what Greg Gaines did during the 2018 season against Stanford.
Eason went 15/22 for 243 yards and two touchdowns on the night, and the Huskies’ only turnover came on special teams. Running back Sean McGrew ran for 106 yards on 13 carries while Salvon Ahmed had 95 yards to go with his three touchdowns. The biggest story of the day was freshman receiver Puka Nacua, who led the team with three catches for 97 yards.
Washington’s defense was outstanding, and this big win and jumping back into the AP rankings is exactly the momentum they need going into their biggest matchup of the season, as the Oregon Ducks are coming to town.