Game Analysis - Fight Hunger Bowl

Game Analysis - Fight Hunger Bowl

Washington used a solid night from Bishop Sankey, a big night from Hauoli Kikaha and an epic return from John Ross to run away from BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl by a score of 31-16. Here's a closer look at what transpired and what you can take away from the victory...

Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 1): With 12:10 to go in the second quarter, the Cougars scored their only touchdown of the game, a one-yard run by QB Taysom Hill, and appeared to have some momentum. That was all taken away on the ensuing kickoff as freshman John Ross, who had been oh-so-close to taking one to the house during the season, took the ball at his own goal line, hesitated enough to allow Taniela Tupou and Jarett Finau to get key blocks and then exploded through a huge hole and made BYU's kicker, Justin Sorensen, miss and raced 100 yards for the score.

Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 2): On Washington's first possession of the second half and only leading BYU 21-16, they faced 3rd-and-8 from the BYU 49. QB Keith Price dropped back but was unable to find anyone open. He scooted to his right, eluded two defenders that were closing in on him and scampered 20 yards, setting up his 16-yard touchdown pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, ironically also on 3rd-and-8, five plays later.

Offensive Player of the Game: Even though he didn't finish the game due to what appears to be a hand injury, what Bishop Sankey did in his three quarters of work was still solid – 21 carries for 96 yards and two impressive touchdown runs and three receptions for 10 yards as well.

Defensive Player of the Game: Hauoli Kikaha harassed Taysom Hill the entire game and finished with nine tackles (eight solo) and three sacks (finishing the season with 13).

Handouts to the standouts: Kevin Smith, in his last game as a Husky, finished with just four receptions for 29 yards, but he had two key receptions that resulted in first downs; Seferian-Jenkins, in his last game as a Husky, had three receptions for 37 yards and the big 16-yard touchdown on the first drive of the second-half; the offensive line has to be given something after not allowing a sack and leading the way for 198 yards rushing; John Timu had 14 tackles (11 solo), a sack and an interception to finish the night; Danny Shelton had a seven tackles (six solo); Shaquille Thompson totaled eight tackles (five solo); Tre Watson, subbing for Will Shamburger who was sent home for disciplinary reasons, finished his Husky career with a flourish, totaling six tackles (five solo) and an impressive six pass breakups.

Stat of the Game: Most of the time, when you get out-gained by your opponent by over 150 yards (473 to 316), you lose the game, but Washington managed to pitch a shutout in the second half and came away with an impressive 31-16 win over the Cougars. In the end, the stat that was the most important in this win was the fact that BYU went just 7 of 20 on third down conversions. The Huskies weren't better, managing to go just 5 of 15 on the night.

Needs work: Well, it's the end of the season and with a new staff coming in (probably announced on Monday) let's hope they figure out a way to coach up the Husky tacklers as they missed tackles numerous times throughout the game. Yes, Hill is a talented runner, but there is just no way that they can be successful defensively against a mobile quarterback, their bugaboo for years, if they cannot tackle better.

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