Washington Huskies Defense Comes Up Big In Blow Out Victory Over Arizona Wildcats
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Washington Huskies Defense Comes Up Big In Blow Out Victory Over Arizona Wildcats

The Huskies forced four turnovers en route to their dominating performance at home over the Arizona Wildcats, winning by 46.

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Kyle Sennikoff

Aided by four turnovers, the Washington Huskies scored 49 unanswered points as they routed the Arizona Wildcats after giving up a mere field goal on the night. 

Arizona marched right down the field in their first offensive drive of the game. However, they got some help from the home school's defense as they gave away a couple of silly penalties. Once inside the red zone, the offense was unable to get anything going whether it was on the ground or in the air as Jared Baker could not find any holes up the middle. As a result, Casey Skowron came on and took an early three-point lead. Unfortunately, those would be the only points that would be scored by the road team tonight. 

The Huskies defense made itself known on their next defensive drive as Anu Solomon threw his first interception of the season, in which Sidney Jones returned the pick for 13 yards. Although Washington was unable to capitalize on their good fortune, this was a sign of what was to come for the remaining three quarters. 

Jake Browning had his way with the Arizona defense tonight. He was able to spread the ball around the field, getting multiple receivers involved. The true freshman was superb, missing only eight passes while ending the game with 267 passing yards and five total touchdowns -- one on the ground. Even the time he scored on the ground perfectly executed. Washington lined up as if they were simply going to pound the ball up the middle to get the short yardage but instead, Browning ran to the left and found himself in wide open spaces, scoring untouched. 

Washington's running back, Dwayne Washington, did not get many touches of the ball in this game, but he made the most of it as he busted up the middle for 69 yards to give his school 42 points on the night with less than a minute to go in the third quarter. 

While the first three interceptions did not result in any points being scored by the Husky defense, the fourth turnover was a bit strange. Samajie Grant caught the ball but was stopped immediately and the ball popped free. Arizona stopped playing for a second as if they were waiting for the whistle to blow, but it never did. Psalm Wooching picked the ball up and ran 41 yards the other way. 

Because of their dominating victory, Washington are now two wins away from becoming bowl eligible and have a fantastic shot at doing so as they still have games against Oregon State and Washington State remaining. For Arizona, this hurt their chances for a bowl because their schedule does not get any easier as the Wildcats have USC, Utah, and Arizona State left. 

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