Final: Huskies 44, Wildcats 27

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Final: Huskies 44, Wildcats 27

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UA scores again against UW's backup defense

The Wildcats scored again

UA reaches end zone again

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Brandon McKinney ejected for targeting

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Newton breaks one for a long touchdown

Jacob Sirmon in at quarterback

Huskies lose shutout early in the fourth quarter

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Elijah Molden briefly down, but walks off field

Third-quarter analysis from Mike Vorel

Jimmy Lake admitted this week that he’d like to include UW junior tight end Cade Otton more in the passing game.

Well, mission accomplished.

The 6-5, 240-pound Otton has recorded seven catches on eight targets for 100 yards – including a 20-yard touchdown in the third quarter. On both sides of the ball, Washington has done whatever it wants against the obviously overmatched Arizona Wildcats. Otton’s emergence is just one raindrop in a veritable ocean of positives.

At this point, it might be best to institute a running clock.

—Mike Vorel

End of third: Huskies 37, Wildcats 0

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Peyton Henry misses field goal

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Cade Otton adds TD to career day

Huskies still rolling with early third-quarter touchdown

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Third quarter is underway ...

Halftime analysis from Mike Vorel

In last weekend’s loss to USC, Arizona’s offense piled up 444 total yards and scored 30 points.

Yes, this offense.

In the first two quarters on Saturday, UW held the Wildcats to 45 total yards, 2.1 yards per play and 1.2 yards per rush. Quarterback Grant Gunnell completed 7 of 11 passes but managed just 33 yards, while being sacked twice and coughing up a fumble. His longest completion was 14 yards. And the Huskies smothered their opponent without defensive lineman Tuli Letuligasenoa or outside linebacker Laiatu Latu, who both missed their second consecutive game.

The offense has impressed as well. But, in what was supposed to be a high-scoring affair, UW’s defense isn’t allowing it.

—Mike Vorel
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Halftime: Huskies 24, Wildcats 0

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Huskies defense forces another punt after all

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UW punches in another touchdown

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First-quarter analysis from Mike Vorel

That was 15 minutes of utter domination.

The scoreboard would tell you that (UW leads 17-0). The statistics say the same (UW has outgained Arizona 155-21).

But it’s the details as well. A week after throwing for just 141 yards in his starting debut, QB Dylan Morris completed five of six passes for 149 yards and a 65-yard Puka Nacua score. Tight end Cade Otton hauled in four passes for 64 yards. UW’s defense forced two three-and-outs, and linebacker Edefuan Ulofoshio claimed a strip-sack that the Huskies recovered. They sacked Arizona quarterback Grant Gunnell twice and compiled three tackles for loss.

Utter domination, like we said.

—Mike Vorel

End of first: Huskies 17, Wildcats 0

UW defense forces another punt

Huskies take advantage with touchdown

UW recovers strip-sack fumble at the 9

Huskies settle for field goal

UW tight end Cade Otton involved early

UW's defense forces three-and-out

Huskies open with Dylan Morris' first college touchdown pass

Huskies convert fake punt in opening series

Dylan Morris officially starting at QB again

First look at UW's all-black uniforms

If UW wins, should it really matter how?

In his weekly press conference on Monday, UW head coach Jimmy Lake was asked about his offense regularly featuring a fullback — in this case, redshirt sophomore Jack Westover — in the 27-21 win over Oregon State.

“Yeah, isn’t that a pretty thing?” Lake said with a widening smile. “I love it.”

I’m not so sure Husky football fans everywhere agree.

After all, in a world of air-raids and hurry-ups and run-pass options, Washington’s offense last weekend looked downright primitive.

Read more here.

—Mike Vorel

Could next week’s Apple Cup be in jeopardy?

Shortly after arriving at Washington State, Cougars coach Nick Rolovich installed an Apple Cup countdown clock in his home locker room.

That clock might not hit zero until 2021.

On Thursday, less than 24 hours after The Spokesman-Review reported that true freshman quarterback Jayden de Laura had tested positive for COVID-19, Washington State’s road game at Stanford on Saturday was canceled due to the Cougars’ inability to reach the 53-player scholarship requirement.

WSU athletics director Pat Chun told local media on Friday afternoon that nine Cougar players are in the program’s COVID-19 protocol — which could indicate a positive case or contact tracing. He added that four players were placed in the protocol following Friday morning’s testing and zero players were in the protocol when Washington State met Oregon last Saturday.

Read more here.

—Mike Vorel

A week after being bullied by a bruising RB, UW faces a similar challenge

Arizona uses a familiar weapon in a different way.

Last weekend, Washington struggled to stop 5-foot-10, 217-pound Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson — who rushed for 133 yards, 5.8 yards per carry and a touchdown in the Huskies’ 27-21 win.

Meanwhile, Arizona running back Gary Brightwell — a 6-1, 218-pound senior — gashed USC for 112 rushing yards and 5.3 yards per carry, while adding three catches for 20 yards as well. He’s averaging 5.8 yards per carry in his Wildcat career.

On Saturday, the Huskies have a second chance to prove they can bully a bigger back.

Read more here.

—Mike Vorel

What to watch for when Washington hosts Arizona

UW trailed 17-13 at halftime of last season’s game at Arizona, before erupting for 38 second-half points in a 51-27 win. So, who will we see on Saturday: the first-half, or second-half Huskies? Considering the questionable run defenses on both sidelines, expect points-a-plenty. At some point, Morris will have to make a few impressive plays in the passing game to win. It will help to get wide receiver Puka Nacua and tight end Cade Otton more involved in the offense. On the other side, Gunnell is also a legitimate talent who will threaten the Huskies in ways Gebbia couldn’t.

Read more keys to the game and Mike Vorel's prediction here.

—Mike Vorel