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Video preview: Utah State Aggies at Washington Huskies

The Washington Huskies (1-1) face the Utah State Aggies (1-1) in a Saturday afternoon clash in Seattle.

Washington defeated Sacramento State 49-0 for their first win of the season. Utah State suffered its first loss  24-14 to Utah.

Quarterback Jake Browning led the Huskies to victory by passing for 326 yards, a record for a true freshman. Tailback Myles Gaskin, another first-year player, ran for 146 yards.

In their first two games, Washington’s special teams have returned a punt for a touchdown, and blocked a punt, PAT and field goal.

Utah State signal caller Chuckie Keeton’s two touchdown passes against Utah gave him 60 career passing scores, which tied him for the school record. In the loss to the Utes, he threw for 256 yards on 22-of-35 passes and two interceptions. Keeton rushed for 46 yards on 12 carries.

The Aggies ougained Utah 373-327 yards that included two drives into Utah’s red zone. They were stumped by an interception and fumble. Utah State’s defense held their rivals to 132 passing and 195 running yards.

The videos below feature game highlights and Washington head coach Chris Petersen’s Monday press conference. Utah State head coach Mark Wells thoughts on the matchup in Seattle via a transcript of his session with media members earlier this week. 

University of Washington Huskies

Video highlights from Sacramento State game

 

Edited video from head coach Chris Petersen’s Monday press conference

 

Utah State Aggies

Game highlights from Utah State’s loss to Utah

 

Utah State head coach Matt Wells’ press conference

On Washington:
“It’s another Pac-12 opponent on the road. We’re very early into this process, but you see a team with some young skill guys on offense that have made a lot of plays. The quarterback, the tailback and the receiver all had really good games on Saturday against Sacramento State. On defense, I see experienced safeties, a linebacker or two that are experienced and have played outside backer and inside backer. I really like (defensive lineman) Joe Mathis and Elijah Qualls, the nose guard. Those guys are active. They’re very multiple. I have a lot of respect for this staff, in particular the defensive staff. Most of them are from Boise State and we’ve gone against them before and seen them a lot. Schematically, they’re very sound. They’re aggressive in what they do and we’ll have to match that aggressiveness, and to match them up scheme-wise to give our guys a chance to play well this Saturday up in Seattle.”

On Washington’s first two games against Boise State and Sacramento State:
“You’ve got two games that have been very interesting because they ran the ball a lot in game one against Boise State and then against Sacramento State they had some quick scores and you get a score that’s out of hand. In the second half, the clock is running. Look at us, we had 11 possessions (against Utah), with the 11th being when we’re down two scores with whatever time was left when we got the ball back and we’re chucking it down in a two-minute drill. We had 10 real possessions on Friday night. That’s why those three three-and-outs in the third quarter got so magnified because it was a short ballgame. You’ve got to take advantage of that.”

On his impressions of Washington freshman QB Jake Browning:
“That kid’s best days are ahead of him. He’s a talented kid and for Chris Petersen to play a true freshman, I have a lot of respect for that because of what he’s done with quarterbacks in the past as a coordinator and as a head coach. I have a lot of respect for him as far as quarterback play. To me, when you name a true freshman as your starting quarterback and you’re in year two, there’s a lot of trust that goes into that from their standpoint. I’m just assuming and reading into all of this, but to me, that makes you think highly of the kid as an opposing coach going in because the guy knows what the heck he’s doing at coaching the quarterback. Coach Pete is one of the best in the business and that kid will get better and better each week and by the end of the year, he’ll be very productive in that league. The kid has got a great future ahead of him. He’s got arm strength and you see accuracy. You know the kid has got toughness and grit, or he wouldn’t have won the job in training camp. I think there’s a couple of things I can assume about him and be pretty spot on, but I can see the physical skills on tape and he’s a very talented kid.”

On what kind of atmosphere he expects Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium:
“I’ve never been there. I’ve never played there and I’ve never coached there. I saw it a couple of summers ago after the renovation. It’s a beautiful stadium and they did a tremendous job with it. I think it’s first class, so I would expect it to be a great atmosphere and our kids are excited to go up there and play on national television.”

 

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John Zielonka

John Zielonka has covered the Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington men's basketball and football. He's written for Yahoo! Sports, 710 ESPN Seattle, Goal.com and is a member of the North American Soccer Reporters.
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