The Washington Huskies on Friday beat rival Washington State 28-15 to win their sixth straight Apple Cup, leaving their players with plenty of reasons to gloat afterwards. And they did just that.
Senior running back Myles Gaskin, who rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns in the win, said after the game that the Cougars “don’t want none” of Washington.
Asked #Washington RB Myles Gaskin why he thinks the Huskies have been able to dominate Wazzu like they have. “They don’t want none. It happens every year. That’s how we do it.”
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 24, 2018
Senior quarterback Jake Browning boasted about going 4-0 in his career against Washington State.
Jake Browning: “I heard it sucks to lose to the Cougs, and I’m glad I’ve never had to experience that.”
— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 24, 2018
The Huskies played spoiler, essentially eliminating any slim chance the Cougs had at making the College Football Playoff. They also won the Pac-12 North and will face Utah in the conference championship game.
The Washington Huskies pulled a stunner during Saturday’s game against Pac-12 opponent Cal.
With the team struggling to move the ball and put up points in Berkeley, the Huskies benched starting quarterback Jake Browning for backup Jake Haener.
Washington was up 7-6 late in the third quarter when Chris Petersen benched Browning for Haener. On his second pass attempt of the game, Haener was intercepted by Cal’s Evan Weaver, who returned the pass 37 yards for a touchdown to make it 12-7.
Washington stuck with Haener at QB after getting the ball back, though they ended up punting. Browning was put back into the game after that.
Browning, a senior, was 8/15 for 109 yards, a touchdown, and an interception at the time of his benching. After leading Washington on a touchdown in their first drive of the game, Browning was intercepted. The following four drives all failed to yield points. They had three punts — including a pair of 3-and-outs — and turned the ball over on downs in Cal territory.
Browning is one of the best quarterbacks in school history. He is Washington’s leader in career passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions, and more. Seeing him get benched mid-game is stunning.
- Jake Browning
Washington has a big Pac-12 game coming up on Saturday against Oregon, a game they’ve dominated in recent years. The Huskies won 38-3 against the Ducks last year. The year before, they scored 70 points in a blowout win that also included an infamous taunt.
Huskies quarterback Jake Browning scored on a rushing touchdown in the first quarter of the game and taunted an Oregon defender on his way to the end zone.
That moment is one the Huskies would like to bury.
The Seattle Times’ Adam Jude reported this week that Browning was not made available to speak with the media ahead of his return to Autzen Stadium. Jude thought that it was so Browning could avoid having to answer questions about “the point.”
.@UW_Football has barred senior QB Jake Browning from interviews this week, ahead of his return to Autzen Stadium. Yep, we get The Point.
— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) October 8, 2018
Washington could very well be keeping Browning from talking with the media ahead of the game to prevent him from answering the obvious questions. He’ll have a chance to do his talking on the field.
- Jake Browning
Washington Huskies fans were livid after officials missed a targeting call in the fourth quarter of the team’s game against Auburn on Saturday.
The Huskies were up 16-15 in the fourth quarter and had a 3rd-and-12 at their 30. Jake Browning hung in the pocket despite blitzer Big Kat Bryant coming right at him. Browning was nailed in the helmet by Bryant:
— AJP (@pricey43) September 1, 2018
The pass was completed for 11 yards but came up shy of the first down marker, leading to a Washington punt. Auburn came down and scored on the ensuing possession, taking a 21-16 lead, which was the final score.
Targeting is a penalty that is supposed to be called when a a defenseless player is struck by a hit that involves launching, upward thrusting or a severe strike with forcible contact above the shoulders. The violator receives an automatic ejection and there is a 15-yard penalty. In this case, Washington would have had a first down at their 45.
The college football season is upon us, which should have fans pumped across the country. Though it will take a while to get a sense for the best 25 teams in the country, we do have our preseason top 25 entering the first full slate of games. Those teams will be relying on some key players all season. Here is a look at the most important player for each of the preseason’s top 25 teams.
1) Alabama — Tua Tagovailoa, QB
After taking over the second half of the national championship game, Tagovailoa showed what he can do. He is mobile, fearless, and has a big arm. He can give Alabama the kind of big-play ability at quarterback they haven’t seen for a while — possibly ever. He has no shortage of talent around him, much of it NFL-level, and he has already demonstrated skill and poise in the most pressure-filled situation. Expect him to have a solid year at minimum.
- Ahmmon Richards, Brandon Wimbush, Brett Rypien, Brian Lewerke, Bryce Love, Clelin Ferrell, Deondre Francois, Dwayne Haskins, Jake Browning, Jake Fromm, Jeffery Simmons, Jonathan Taylor, Josh Jackson QB, Justice Hill, Kam Martin, McKenzie Milton, Nick Brossette, Porter Gustin, Rodney Anderson, Sam Ehlinger, Shawn Robinson, Shea Patterson, Trace McSorley, Tua Tagovailoa, Will Grier
After a season in which five quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, it’s time for a new generation of signal-callers to emerge at the college level. There are a lot of rising stars who deserve attention, as well as some established veterans poised to take their place atop the rankings of collegiate quarterbacks.
Here are the 15 best quarterbacks in college football today.
15) Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech
After a freshman season that saw Jackson throw 20 touchdowns and nearly hit 3,000 yards, it’s fair to say that there’s plenty of room for growth for the sophomore. He’s a dual threat, as evidenced by his six rushing touchdowns, and he’s already been successful at the collegiate level. There’s no reason to think he won’t take another step forward in 2018, which could firmly establish him on the national scene.
College football is loaded with quality quarterbacks. Many will contend for the Heisman Trophy in 2017, including last year’s winner. A good team generally starts with a good quarterback, after all, so the position is of great importance.
Who are the nation’s best quarterbacks? Here is a list of ten who will dominate in the upcoming season.
10) Jalen Hurts, Alabama
Hurts ranks on this list despite not being the most polished passer in the world. He’s very much a work in progress, but to quarterback the Crimson Tide to a College Football Playoff final in one’s freshman season is no small thing. Alabama reached the title game because of him, too, not in spite of him; Hurts put together some strong performances.
Hurts threw 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 15 games, but he didn’t throw a pick in the SEC Championship or the CFP. He ended up throwing for 2,780 yards and rushing for another 954, making him a valuable dual-threat quarterback. He threw for a score and rushed for another in Alabama’s title game loss to Clemson — the only loss Hurts played in last season.
Hurts is on this list as much for what he will do as what he has done. Only a sophomore, he has a bright future ahead of him, and should be even better in 2017.
9) Josh Rosen, UCLA