The Washington Huskies won on national television Saturday night over Cal 66-27 to stay in fourth place in the AP and Coaches’ Polls.
The Washington Huskies piled up a 66-27 victory over the Cal Bears on Marshawn Lynch bobblehead night (get your E-40 on blast) in Berkeley Saturday night. Although the Huskies played late into the night for the East Coast-biased College Football Playoff Committee, they won in convincing fashion yet again and remain in fourth place in the AP and Coaches’ National Rankings Polls.
Washington Huskies quarterback and wunderkind Jake Browning made a mockery of the Cal defense, gaining 378 yards on only 28 passing attempts and throwing another six touchdowns. He’s rising in the Heisman Trophy watch, friends.
The Golden Bears seemed content to let receivers John Ross and Dante Pettis burn their overmatched secondary repeatedly. Ross caught six balls (including this one for the pro tape) for 208 yards and three TDs, while Pettis caught eight for 104 yards and Browning’s other three TDs. Just for fun, Pettis also tossed a touchdown to Darrell Daniels.
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The defense played extremely well yet again. Cal quarterback Davis Webb is one of the best quarterbacks in the country, a legitimate first-round NFL Draft prospect, but the Washington Huskies held him in check. Webb completed only 23 of his 47 passing attempts for 262 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Huskies defensive back Sidney Jones picked Webb twice, and while the defensive line only mustered one sack of Webb while missing their top pass rusher Joe Mathis (who is out for the year), their penetration and disruption of the run game was more than enough to win.
The punting game was a concern for Washington. No, really. Punter Tristan Vizcaino started the game by popping up a 17-yard punt deep in Washington territory. His second punt was a 34-yarder that was returned by Cal’s Vic Wharton III for 29 yards. Pettis also fumbled a punt.
The Washington Huskies will take on the USC Trojans at Husky Stadium next week.