Washington's offensive rolled … until it was not.
The Huskies, who dominated Oregon Duck's defense over three quarters on Saturday, lined up three times in a row as they could have put the game away. It was a fight between two first-rate QBs that did not disappoint, but in the end, Jacob Eason did not get the pass he needed to keep the huskies alive.
Here are three impressions of the defeat of UW at 35: 31.
Salvon Ahmed spills it
The UW junior running back raced 23 times for 95 yards and three touchdowns – with all three results in the second half – in 51:27 victory over Arizona last weekend) and Richard Newton (foot) on Saturday it was up to Ahmed to deliver a productive sequel.
He did not disappoint.
The 5-foot 1
At the start of the season, fans in Washington wondered rightfully if Ahmed was going to work like a long-lasting down, a la Myles Gaskin. Week after week Ahmed answers this question bit by bit.
Eason is the focus
Outside of the opening, senior Aaron Fuller – the Huskies' leading recipient – did not play in the majority of Saturday's games with an ABC reported ankle injury.
It was frankly hard to notice.
Even without Fuller, who returned briefly in the fourth quarter, Oregon was consistently pressured by UW's offense. Junior quarterback Jacob Eason performed immaculately and completed 23 of 29 passes for 289 yards and three points. Jordan Chin, the junior recipient, posted his first career touchdown (and his third career touchdown), trailing a 48-yard Eason rainbow. True newcomer Puka Nacua also scored his second career goal, setting foot on 33 meters into the end zone. Hunter Bryant, a junior tight-end hunter, posted his most impressive catch of the season and turned in the air to correct a back shoulder floater towards the end of the second quarter for a 27-yard gain.
In the week, Oregon was placed in second place in the national comparison pass-efficiency rating (85.39), second in the interceptions (12), second in the opponent's yards per attempt (4.8), eighth in the pass defense (160.2 yards per game), 12. . in percent of the completion of the opponent (52.2) and 12 th in sacks per game (3.5).
Stop the statistics. Eason and Co. exposed Oregon's secondary players on Saturday … for at least three quarters.
After a sack and a false start had pushed the Huskies down to No. 3 and Eternity (23), Jacob Eason stepped forward and delivered a 20-yard strike for Marquis Spiker. But in fourth and third place, where the game was off balance, Easons pass on Nacua sailed up.
The defense of UW fights to slow down Herbert and Co.
Eason was not the only 6-6 quarterback and possible NFL draft pick for the first round of 2020.
Oregon senior Justin Herbert held on with 24 of 38 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns. He finished the third quarter with a 36-yard screen for a touchdown in fourth and third place. If he was pressurized (and he was not put under pressure very often), he would be thrown, taking the hit, and delivering accurate passes.
Washington's defense bothered Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate early and often last weekend, stacking four sacks. The Huskes were unable to dismiss Herbert on Saturday at Husky Stadium. In the first half it was not always nice, but Herbert responded and consistently cut through the UW defense.
And just as in the second half of the 20:19 defeat to Cal UW fought in the second half with the quick defense. Oregon teamed up at 174 yards and five yards per carry.