On a night where the Huskies were entering Michigan
Stadium during primetime and under the lights, they waited too long to score points and get anything going. Washington entered the game as 7-point underdogs in their night matchup against the Michigan Wolverines. In the end, the Huskies suffered a 31-10 defeat, which marked an 0-2 start for the first time in many years, back in 2008 under Tyrone Willingham.
On offense, the Huskies got the ball first in hopes of gaining momentum by putting up some points on the board. Rather, it looked like a repeat of last week’s game as the Huskies were shut out in the first half on seven failed drives. The offense only had 126 total yards, with 15 of those yards on the ground. The offensive line failed to protect Washington quarterback Dylan Morris once again and the Huskies were 2 for 9 on 3rd down conversions. In the 2nd half, the offense finally found some rhythm for two consecutive drives that resulted in a 28-yard field goal by placekicker Peyton Henry and a 22-yard touchdown catch from Morris to wide receiver Terrell Bynum. It was a full air assault but the Huskies dug too deep of a hole to come back from offensively.
Defensively, Washington played well enough to keep the game within reach and tried to keep things afloat for the Husky offense. Besides, one bad coverage play for the defense, resulting in a 68-yard TD run by running back Blake Corum, the defense played well. They held Michigan to only 10 first-half points which was remarkable with all things considered. In the 2nd half, the defense gave up an 8 play, 73 yards drive which resulted in a 7-yard touchdown rush by RB Blake Corum. In the 4th quarter, the Husky defense gave up a 6-yard touchdown run by running back Hassan Haskins. The defense gave everything they had to keep the game within reach, but in the end, it wasn’t enough.
Any way you slice it, the Huskies are now 0-2 on the season, and at the worst, they should be 1-1 right now. Playing at “The Big House” can be a tough experience for opposing teams. Once again, it just seemed like the team waited too long to get anything going, instead of chipping away at the score methodically throughout the game. Morris finally settled in a bit in the 2nd half as it seemed like the offensive line finally gave him time to throw the football downfield. This is true adversity time for Jimmy Lake and staff. Husky fans are not happy and pleased with the direction and performance so far this season. There are glaring issues on offense and things to clean up on defense. It’s the job of the coaching staff to simplify things and put the players in the best position possible to succeed, which includes game plans and playcalling. They need to get it figured out quickly, otherwise, the season can get away from them in a hurry.
Next up for the Huskies (0-2) is the Arkansas State Red Wolves, at “Husky Stadium” next Saturday afternoon, September 18th, with a kickoff time of 1:15 PM PT. The game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks
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