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November 17, 2007 at 10:42 PM

Feeling a rush

With today’s 334 yards against Cal, the Huskies have now rushed for 300 yards in a game three times this season, the first time that has happened since 1983, and apparently indicative of a rapidly improving running attack.
The first 300-yard outing came in the opener at Syracuse when UW went for 302 yards against what has proven to be one of the worst teams in the country.
When the Huskies struggled a bit the next four games, that performance looked like a little of a fluke.
In games two through five (Boise State, Ohio State, UCLA and USC) UW never rushed for more than 142 yards and just 499 total on 139 carries, an average of just 3.5 yards per carry and 124 per game.
But beginning in week six with the game at Arizona State, UW has improved those numbers markedly, even including an 85-yard performance last week at Oregon State.
Since week six, against Arizona State, UW has rushed for 1,353 yards on 257 carries, an average of 5.2 yards per carry, and 225.5 per game.
Competition surely has something to do with.
Consider that against the top four rushing defenses in the conference coming into today — OSU, USC, UCLA and Arizona State — UW has rushed for 455 total yards, an average of 113 per game.
Against Arizona, Oregon, Cal and Stanford — ranked 5-6-7-9 in that order this week — UW has rushed for 1,122, or 280 per game.
That the Huskies struggled against OSU last week indicates there is still work to be done to really have a running attack that can compete with the very best defenses in the conference.
Still, it’s definite progress.
UW is now averaging 195.8 rushing yards per game, the best since the 2000 team went for 211.7, and now has game against a WSU defense that ranks eighth against the run in the Pac-10 .
The finale at Hawaii looms as particularly interesting in that regard. The Warriors are allowing just 77 yards per game, but also really haven’t played much of a anybody to really determine what that number means.

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