Huskies Destroy Colorado; Claim Pac-12 Title
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For a second big game this season, Washington QB Jake Browning had a subpar performance.
Didn't matter this time.
Slingers often get too much credit for a team's fortunes, and that point was underscored in spades during the Pac-12 championship game.
The Huskies' considerable weaponry was too much for the Colorado Buffaloes, and the result was a 41-10 demolition job that didn't even seem that close:
Both of Washington's lines totally controlled the trenches.
On offense, it seemed they could dial up three yards before contact, and then RBs Myles Gaskin (159 yards on 29 carries; 5.5ypc) and Lavon Coleman (101 yards on 18 carries; 5.6ypc) took it from there. Defensively, Colorado was held to 163 yards total.
Toss in the disparity between the two teams' linebacker play, and the blowout was inevitable:
- Washington's complemented their stellar DBs to the point of being stifling.
- Colorado's continued to prioritize pass defense, and the Huskies made them pay on the ground.
However, the Buffs' LBs had the same effect on Browning that USC's crew did.
The Washington sophomore had trouble laying his passes between the seams. Where it was fatal against the Trojans -- Browning missed open WRs with too-high tosses that cost TDs -- the Huskies' other units were relentless in this one and more than compensated for the issue.
This is what championship clubs do in any sport. They have multiple avenues to triumph and proved it to prevail over their grouping over the course of a season.
It's why champions should be matched up when the rubber meets the road.