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September 21, 2012

The Numbers Game: Portland State

UDUBNation.com takes a closer look at some of the telling numbers from the Huskies' game against Portland State last Saturday.

The numbers are easily more favorable for Washington than they were in the first two games, against San Diego State and LSU. That's a no brainer. When you win 52-13 the numbers are going to look good. It was an important bounce back performance and everyone is hoping the team channels that confidence into some momentum, as they move from the bye week to preparation for Stanford.

The Good

  • 31 second quarter points helped the Huskies break this one open, and they led 45-0 heading into the locker room. Every unit got into the action. The offense scored, the defense returned a pick for a touchdown, and the special teams unit blocked a field goal and took that one back.

  • Portland State had just 10 first downs. Anytime you see a number like that you're happy. The defense was strong across the board, turning in a solid defensive pass efficiency outing and containing the run far better than they had all season long.

  • The Vikings were just 3 of 14 on third down, so the defense wasn't only solid: They got off the field and very often.

  • The above stat helps explain how the Huskies controlled the ball for more than 38 minutes of game time. It simply doesn't get much better than that.

  • Bishop Sankey ran 14 times for 103 yards, and that's the kind of ground production the Dawgs will need in Pac-12 play to keep defenses honest and give Keith Price an honest chance to win games with big plays.

  • Washington scored on seven of their first eight possessions, with six of those seven scores being touchdowns. The game could have been far uglier if the Huskies hadn't taken their foot off the gas.

The Bad

  • Backup quarterback Derrick Brown was just 2-of-5 for 24 yards. Nothing serious to worry about, but you'd like to see your No. 2 guy come in and have a lot of success for your peace of mind.

  • Korey Durkee averaged just 33 yards per punt the two times he booted it. That's not going to get it done unless you're aiming for a coffin corner. No surprise there is competition for the punting job now.

  • While the Husky defense did play well they did not register a single sack all game long. Portland State is the kind of team that can do a good job of avoiding pressure. That's just the kind of offense they run. But you always like to see the other signal caller get put on his back a few times.


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