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September 1, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Huskies morning links: UW defense put to the test early

Tennessee Titans kicker Travis Coons (4) kicks in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

Tennessee Titans kicker Travis Coons (4) kicks in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

Happy Labor Day, all.

Chris Petersen‘s usual Monday press conference is scheduled for 1 o’clock this afternoon. Here’s my story from today’s paper focusing on the strong play of the UW defense — at least, after the first two drives — in Saturday’s 17-16 season-opening victory at Hawaii.

The Huskies defended a stunning 97 plays against Hawaii — tied for the most plays run by a UW opponent over the past 30 seasons. (Coincidentally, BYU also ran 97 in the Huskies’ Fight Hunger Bowl victory last December; in 1985, Cal ran 98 plays in UW’s 28-12 victory in Berkeley.)

It probably goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway): Defending that many plays is no recipe for success. The temperature on the field at the start of Saturday’s game was approaching triple digits on the field, and the Huskies’ sideline was facing directly into the sun for the first quarter-plus. That’s not an attempt to make excuses for the Huskies, but the defense certainly seemed to settle down once the field was covered in shade.

Eastern Washington (2-0), UW’s opponent Saturday at Husky Stadium (noon, Pac-12 Networks), averaged 84 plays in its first two games and ranks fourth in the FCS with 611.0 yards (against, cough, Sam Houston State and Montana Western).

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