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September 30, 2006 at 11:44 PM

Aggressiveness pays off

I hope that all of you who have posted on here wanting the Huskies to be more aggressive on defense got a chance to see this game.
If not, too bad. This was UW football like you remember, with the Huskies sending players from everywhere all night long.
UW defensive coordinator Kent Baer said he compiled one of the longest play sheets he’s ever had for this game and used them all. “We gave them a lot of different looks,” Baer said.
Baer felt the UW secondary could cover Arizona’s receivers without a lot of help, freeing up other players to rush. And he also felt that the rushes would pay off in taking advantage of a young UA offensive line to put heat on Willie Tuitama.
Six sacks and 11 tackles-for-a-loss indicate that it all worked.
Offensively, the Huskies did the same thing, going deep a number of times against an Arizona secondary that’s supposed to be one of the better ones in the league. Arizona did shut down UW in the second half and we can rehash that the rest of the week. But the pertinent point tonight is that the Huskies were able to score those three quick touchdowns and then hold on.
Now at 4-1, it seems only a matter of how high up the bowl ladder the Huskies can climb, not whether they can just get to the first step. As I wrote here earlier in the day, a lot of other teams in the Pac-10 are really struggling, and as of today, you figure UW would be favored to beat Oregon State, Arizona State and Stanford (all games to be played in Seattle). Just do that and UW is 7-5 and probably in Las Vegas for the holidays.
Not a bad way to go.
That’s all for now as we travel into the night and back to Seattle.

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