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September 13, 2014 at 6:04 AM

UW game day: Huskies vs. Illinois

Cyler Miles walks off the field after leading the Huskies to a 59-52 win over Eastern Washington a week ago at Husky Stadium. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Cyler Miles walks off the field after leading the Huskies to a 59-52 win over Eastern Washington a week ago at Husky Stadium. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

UW GAME DAY
Huskies (2-0) vs. Illinois (2-0)
1 p.m. today at Husky Stadium

TV: FOX (Ch. 13). Radio: KOMO AM-1000, FM-97.7.

Latest line: Huskies favored by 13.5 points.

Game preview story: UW defense, missing a major player, will face another major test.

Three keys to the game:

Run it again: The Huskies rushed for 273 yards on 50 carries in a 34-24 victory over Illinois last year in Chicago (with UW outgaining Illinois 615 to 327 in total yards). The Illini finished 2013 ranked 118th in rushing defense (they’re currently ranked 76th). Since 1990, the Huskies have rushed for 200 yards in a game 89 times. Their record in those games is 75-14-1 (.839).

Turn-down service: Turnovers are a key in any game, and the fact that the Huskies haven’t committed a turnover this season is a big key why they’re 2-0. THe UW defense, meanwhile, has recovered two fumbles but is still seeking its first interception of the season.

Third-and-uh-oh: Opponents have converted 16 of 35 third downs against the UW defense, a 46-percent clip that ranks dead last in the Pac-12. Illinois has converted 17 of 28 third-down attempts (61 percent), which ranks ninth nationally.

UW players to watch

QB Cyler Miles: Four total TDs in season debut
RB Jesse Callier: 6 carries, 66 yards, 1 TD vs. Illinois in ’13
CB Travell Dixon: Expected to make first career start
CB Sidney Jones: Expected to make first career start

Illinois players to watch

QB Wes Lunt: Ranks fifth in the nation in passing
RB Josh Ferguson: Team-best 43.0 ypg rushing
WR Mike Dudek: 16.6 yards per catch
FS: Taylor Barton: 77-yard interception return last week

A few recruiting notes:

  • Chris Petersen attended the Lake Stevens’ big home game against Marysville-Pilchuck Friday night, The Seattle Times’ Josh Liebeskind writes. Lake Stevens junior QB Jacob Eason has given a verbal commitment to Georgia, and Marysville-Pilchuck’s Austin Joyner, a one-time UW commit, has made a pledge to Washington State.
  • Huskies quarterback recruit Jake Browning had seven more touchdowns Friday night to lead top-ranked Folsom (Calif.) to another blowout victory, according to the Sacramento Bee. Browning has 22 total touchdowns and two interceptions in Folsom’s 3-0 start — and he has yet to play in the second half. Browning, who intends to enroll at UW in January, announced Thursday on Twitter that he had signed financial aid papers with UW.

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