It’s hard to believe, but the Husky season is already at the quarter point. Our Dawgs’ have the record we all expected them to have after 3 games, 2-1, even if they’ve taken a strange route to get there.
September started with a game against Eastern Washington where the Huskies were outplayed in almost every area of the game. They got the win, but panic ensued around Husky nation and people were upset. Next, Hawaii came in and the Dawgs came out on fire. They jumped to a 21-0 lead and seemed like a team who could compete with the best of the best. Then they let Hawaii back into it and held on for a victory. The Huskies were 2-0 for the first time since 2007 but neither victory provided a ton of confidence in the team.
Yesterday, they went into one of the toughest places to play in the country. They stood toe-to-toe with Nebraska in the first half, and by all accounts would have had the lead going into halftime if it weren’t for a terrible call. Then, the third quarter started. A three-and-out, a terrible call on a punt, a touchdown, a fumbled kick-off, a touchdown, a turnover on downs, and a touchdown later the Huskies were down by 24.
It was a terrible stretch to watch and, judging from post-game interviews, was even worse to play in. Now that I’ve cooled off and watched the rest of the game, I’ve realized that those stretches are one of the many reasons why I love college football. On any Saturday, a team can be totally swept up in the momentum of the game and anything can happen. These players are taking calculus and history classes during the week and all of a sudden they’re dealing with poor officiating and bad bounces of the ball and they completely lose their composure. That happened to us on Saturday and I’m not saying it’s acceptable, it’s not, but that’s college football and it’s part of the reason why it’s so exciting.
Anyway, the Huskies regained their composure and went on to battle back, fighting valiantly to the finish. It wasn’t the outcome we had hoped for, but it was probably the best game the Huskies have played all season.
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