Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Huskies are 3-1

A couple of good things happened in sports over the weekend. 1) The Mariners were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. And B) the University of Washington Huskies beat Arizona State to move to 3-1 on the season.

Even the Seahawks won!

I was on the eastern side of Maryland (the "Eastern Shore") for a wedding this weekend (more on that later) so this is why you're getting this now instead of Sunday morning.

Being in the Eastern time zone, the game started at 10:30 PM. It went to 1:30 AM.

The Huskies got the ball first (the ASU Sun Devils won the toss and deferred, as it common these days), and on their first play tried a trick play. It was intercepted by Arizona State. This put the Sun Devils in the red zone. On a 4th and goal, they scored. Not an auspicious start to the game. I was worried.

You see, for some reason, the Huskies have trouble beating the Sun Devils. Last year in Tempe we lost. The announcers pointed out that of the last 11 meetings by these teams, ASU has won 10 (or something like that, it was late and I was tired).

But then the Husky offense took the field and between Myles Gaskin's running and Jake Browning's throwing, they marched down the field for a touchdown. The ASU defense could do little to stop the Husky offense throughout the game. The ASU offense made some good plays but only got one more touchdown in the fourth quarter and the rest of their scores were field goals. The final score of the game was 20-27. Not a blow-out, but a win is a win.

Elsewhere in the Pac-12

Washington State played USC, and barely lost 36-39. That's the Cougar's first loss of the season (and,
I think, their first Pac-12 game). Stanford beat Oregon, but had to go into overtime to do it.

The Polls

 In the AP poll that came out Sunday, Stanford stayed at #7. For some reason Washington dropped to #11 despite their win (Auburn is now #10). Oregon moved up one to #19. And for some reason, California, which has yet to play any conference games (they had a bye this week) is #24.

Next Week

Next weekend the Huskies play their final non-conference game, taking on #20 BYU (the second ranked team we'll play). They play at home so that is helpful. The game is at 5:30 PDT on Fox.

Stanford plays Notre Dame. Both teams are undefeated. Utah will be playing Washington State in Pullman. And Oregon plays California in Berkeley.

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