Whatever goals head coach Chris Petersen has for his second year at the helm of the Washington program, job one is finding a competent quarterback.
Instead, Chris Petersen’s Huskies were dominated in an ugly first half which saw Washington out-gained 293 to 113 in total yards and 15 to 5 in first downs.
In closing the regular season the way it has, Washington showed its fans progress is being made. And while the Huskies are set to lose a ton of talent off their stellar defense, the coaching staff seems to have gotten a feel for their personnel and key reserves have been understudies from the best.
The 2014 version of the Apple Cup pits Washington (7-5, 3-5) against a Cougars squad that has lost five of their last six games as well as starting quarterback Connor Halliday. That leaves redshirt freshman Luke Falk running Mike Leach’s “Air raid” offense.
The Huskies didn’t have the eye-popping stats of last year’s 69-27 win in Corvallis when they rushed for 530 yards, but they found success with big plays
Washington coach Chris Petersen was still sticking with his chart
Washington (6-4, 2-4) readies for trip to Tucson where it will face 14th-ranked Arizona (7-2, 4-2) having lost three its last four games. The offense will be without Shaq Thompson, moved back to linebacker, and its most dynamic play-maker, John Ross, moved permanently to defense.
Shaq Thompson is expected to play heavily on both sides of the ball for the first time all season Saturday. The junior linebacker had 215 all-purpose yards in Washington’s win over Colorado last week.
Linebacker-turned-tailback Shaq Thompson can’t wait to get back to doing what he does best
A healthier Huskies offense will look to take advantage of a Colorado defensive unit yielding 5.6 yards per carry to its opponents. To do so, they will have to be more efficient and explosive in the passing game than they were in their last two losses.