Washington football: Huskies hold off UCLA 31-24. 3 takeaways

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Did UCLA find something in the Washington pass defense?

Washington’s defense has been stingy and physical all season. Their secondary is the rock of the unit. Against UCLA, the defense gave up too many big plays, which is uncharacteristic of the group.

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The Huskies had not allowed a passing touchdown since their season-opening loss to Auburn. Thompson-Robinson, however, was very good Saturday and was able to find open receivers, especially late in the game.

Washington also allowed that 90-yard drive while ahead 31-17. Now, maybe that was a bend, but don’t break mentality up two scores. But the balance of UCLA’s offense was tough to deal with in the second half. The Huskies should see an even tougher challenge at #18 Oregon this week.

The Ducks throw for 287 yards through the air behind QB Justin Herbert. He has weapons like junior receiver Dillon Mitchell, who averages almost 17 yards-per-catch. It will take a better effort against Oregon than they showed against UCLA to win this big conference showdown.

It will be interesting to see what Coach Chris Petersen has to say in his presser, Monday morning. This was a matchup of the then #10 Huskies against a winless opponent, but it turned into a good test for a team that seemed to handle it well.

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Here’s one last point to ponder. Washington and Oregon face each other in a very important game this Saturday. It’s just as big for Washington State. The Cougars have a bye and will be watching intently in preparation for their game on October 20th against Oregon. WSU will have the advantage of the off week to prepare for their opportunity to upend Oregon at home.

If UofO beats Washington, the Cougars will have a golden opportunity to be an instant contender for the PAC-12 title. If UW wins, it sets up a possible Apple Cup showdown for the PAC-12 North title.