Three quick takeaways from the Huskies’ 59-52 victory over Eastern Washington on Saturday at Husky Stadium:
1. Just … wow: Where do we start? An incredible game. The first thought is that Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. was the best player on the field today, and EWU receiver Cooper Kupp might have been the second-best player. Adams’ seven touchdown passes were the most ever thrown against the Huskies. UW’s defense gave up a lot of yards and a lot of points and will take a lot of flack for a while over this — and deservedly so. But give John Timu and the defense, at least, for forcing a turnover at a crucial time early in the fourth quarter, allowing some breathing room for the UW offense, which used the turnover to extend the Huskies’ lead to 59-45. It was another bend-but-don’t-break effort but the UW defense, but it was enough on this day. Remember what UW defensive line coach Jeff Choate said Tuesday: “This is as good an offense as we’re going to face — including Oregon’s.”
2. Miles better indeed: Cyler Miles made his first start at Husky Stadium and, while far from perfect, led the offense to a quick 21-0 lead in less than eight minutes. His 10-yard run on fourth-and-3 late in the third quarter set up UW’s go-ahead score on the first play of the fourth quarter — when Miles kept it himself for a 5-yard touchdown run. Miles had a third TD run, this for 3 yards, to push the UW lead to 59-45 with 7:45 left.
3. Shaq attack: Junior linebacker Shaq Thompson got his first three carries in a UW uniform — and he certainly made the most of them. On UW’s second drive, Thompson went for 57 yards untouched for a touchdown. Those were his only three carries of the game, but they helped set the tone for a dominant UW rushing performance, something that was noticeably missing in the Huskies’ opener at Hawaii. Senior Jesse Callier got his first start at running back since 2012, and redshirt freshman Lavon Coleman and sophomore Dwayne Washington continued to impress as UW piled up 356 yards on the ground.