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September 20, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Washington 45, Georgia State 14: First impressions

Impressions after the Huskies improved to 4-0 by winning their final nonconference game against Georgia State, first from reporter Adam Jude:

Upset, still: This would not have gone down in the Appalachian State-over-Michigan territory of college football upsets, but it might’’ve been close. Alas, the Huskies survived their stunningly awful first half to beat Georgia State, a 34.5-point underdog. Georgia State, 11-37 all-time since introducing football in 2010, has never beaten an FBS team. The Panthers (1-3) sure gave the Huskies a scare with a 14-0 lead at halftime. Even after rolling off 45 consecutive points in the second half, the Huskies (4-0) have reason to be upset with themselves, particularly after managing just 73 yards of total offense in the first half. Surely, that was not how they want to go into next week’’s pivotal Pac-12 opener against Stanford and its’ top-ranked defense.

Run stuffed: The Huskies, playing without sophomore receiver John Ross III (knee), had a stunning 15 yards rushing —on 13 attempts in the first half. Cyler Miles seemed to be making a concerted effort to not run the ball in the first half. On the rare occasion he did try to keep it on a zone-read, he fumbled the exchange with Lavon Coleman on UW’’s final play of the first half. A fitting end for a frustrating first half for the Huskies. That changed in the third quarter, with backup QB Jeff Lindquist coming in for a 9-yard touchdown run for UW’s first touchdown. Lindquist added another 12-yard run on third down to set up the Huskies’ tying touchdown, a 10-yard pass from Miles to Kendyl Taylor.

Do not pick on Peters: If not for Marcus Peters’ two first-half interceptions, things might have been even worse for the Huskies. Peters, in his return from a one-game suspension, did have a third interception, but that was waived off after he was ruled to have interfered with a Georgia State receiver in the end zone, setting up the Panthers’ first touchdown. The UW defense forced a third turnover in the third quarter, on a fumble recovered by freshman cornerback Sidney Jones, which set up the Huskies’ go-ahead score late in the third quarter.

And three impressions from reporter Percy Allen:

No panic from Huskies: Washington coach Chris Petersen is fond of saying college football games are long and they’re going to include several turns in momentum. Got a feeling the message hit home Saturday when the Huskies trailed 14-0 at halftime. The Huskies turned things around in a big way after the break. They did it with a long punt return on special teams, a trick play offensively that included two quarterbacks and produced a 9-yard touchdown run and a defense that forced four sacks and four turnovers.

Miles rattled: Georgia State sacked sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles three times with several delayed blitzes. He completed 19 of 27 passes for 154 yards and was never comfortable against a heavy pass rush. Protecting Miles is something the Huskies will need to figure out before next Saturday’’s Pac-12 opener against Stanford. The Cardinal lead the nation in points allowed (4.3 per game) and yards (204).

Nice return:– Junior cornerback Marcus Peters finished with two interceptions in his first game since sitting out last Saturday due to suspension. On his second pick, Peters made an amazing catch along the sideline before falling out of bounds. Peters has 10 interceptions in his career, which is eighth on Washington’s all-time list.

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