30-14 Huskies Win
A tale of two halves in this game as the Huskies punted four times and scored only 3 points on offense before the break, but put together a solid second-half performance that left no doubt who the better team was tonight. The passing game was strong but the run game never found a rhythm, although ultimately there was just too much talent for the Scarlet Knights to handle.
Running Game Never Finds Its Stride
Myles Gaskin looked great on his 7 carries, but Lavon Coleman got the bulk of the work and didn’t impress, carrying 14 times for 40 yards. Gaskin didn’t seem to be injured, and Washington fans no doubt hope that they’ll be seeing more of him in the weeks to come. A team that picks up 3.5 yards per carry against Rutgers is going to struggle with the tougher run defenses in the PAC 12.
As Advertised on Defense
Great things are expected from the Huskies defenders this year, and they delivered on that promise by holding Rutgers to 5.1 yards per pass attempt and 3.1 yards per carry and coming away with two interceptions. There was some modest turnover on defense in the offseason, but the Huskies look to have more or less reloaded at those positions. It’s early, and Rutgers isn’t really a challenge, but they looked about as good as Huskies fans could have hoped.
The FCS Montana Grizzlies come to town on the ninth. The Grizzlies are a solid FCS team, receiving votes and finishing just outside of the preseason top 25. Still, they should prove helpless to stop the Huskies from exerting their will.