Washington football defensive line took a step up but still has a ways to go
The Washinton Huskies defensive line has not performed at a satisfactory level so far this season. Heading in Week 4, they have hardly been able to pressure the opposing quarterback and have allowed way too many rushing yards.
In their Week 4 game against Cal, the defensive line finally saw a bit of a step up. They were able to get pressure on Cal quarterback Chase Garbers and sack him three times. One of those sacks was on Cal’s very first possession of the game.
Cal entered this game as number one in the Pac-12 in terms of average rushing yards with 6.1. In Washington’s nail-biting win, they limited the Golden Bears to only 3.7 average yards rushing.
The Huskies limited Cal running back Damien Moore to 67 yards on 18 attempts. This was Moore’s most attempts and fewest yards so far in a game this season. I would say this is pretty triumphant of the Huskies defense to control one of the Pac-12’s top-five rushing leaders.
Overall, they gave up 466 yards total but stopped Cal in the crucial moments that they needed to.
This team has been heavily carried by the passing defense up to this point. if Washington’s front seven can step up and improve on their Saturday performance, they have the chance to shut down the rest of their Pac-12 opponents this season.