By Ed Baylor: No.25 ranked Washington Huskies (1-0) won their first game of the season in a harder than expected 17-16 win over Hawaii (0-1) on Saturday at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. It was the coaching debut of Huskies coach Chris Peterson.
Huskies wide receiver John Ross had a starring role in the game in scoring two touchdowns to give the Huskies the win. Ross rushed for 20-yard touchdown in the 1st quarter to narrow the score at 10-7 after Hawaii had jumped out to a surprising 10-0 lead.
In the 2nd quarter, Ross caught a beautifully thrown pass from quarterback John Lindquist and ran 91 yards for a touchdown to put the Huskies up 14-10. The Huskies would add to the lead on a 36-yard field goal by Cameron Van Winkle in the 2nd quarter to put them up 17-10.
In the second half, Hawaii rallied with 2 field goals by Tyler Hadden to narrow the score to 17-16. However, that was the most Hawaii could do, as the Huskies defense shut them down without a touchdown in the 2nd half to preserve the win.
Lindquist, starting in place of the suspended Cyler Miles, completed 10 of 26 passes for 162 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 sack. He didn’t play a great game by any means, but his 91-yard touchdown throw to John Ross was a huge positive for the Huskies because it put them back into the game in the 1st half.
The Huskies couldn’t get anything going on offense in the 2nd half of the game, as they were forced to punt the ball back to Hawaii on 8 of their 9 possessions. Lindquist definitely struggled in connecting on just 3 of his 15 passes in the last 2 quarterbacks of action.
Huskies running back Lavon Coleman played a good game in rushing for 78 yards on 17 carries, but he was the only Huskies back who had a good game. The next leading rusher for the Huskies was Dwayne Washington, who rushed for 38 yards on 12 carries. Lindquist tried to make up for the lack of a ground game by rushing the ball 9 times, but he managed only 20 yards for his efforts.
It’s pretty clear that Peterson is going to need to think seriously about replacing Lindquist next week, because he showed some serious problems with his game against Hawaii.