Though Washington fans will probably hate me for saying this, their Huskies looked positively Oregon-like in their win over Boise State last weekend, running an up-tempo, no-huddle offense that the Broncos had no chance of stopping. Head coach Steve Sarkisian said before the season that pace of play was something the team would emphasize, and it appears that extra condition and practice has transformed the Washington offense into a well-oiled machine.
During a press conference on Monday, Sarkisian shared his love of the new offensive strategy:
I’m having a blast calling this…I think this is great. I think it’s good for us, it’s healthy; we’re in great shape. We came out of this game more healthy than in any other first game of the year in years past.
It feels right. I feel like we can be more physical; we don’t want to lose the physicality we have … but it’s a lot of fun. And that’s what it should be. I felt like it kept our fans engaged in the game. That lull between snaps, where the 25 seconds they can talk to their buddy or kiss their girlfriend in the Dawg Pack or whatever they do up there, they kept the towels waving and people were fired up (The Seattle Times).
The numbers speak for themselves. The Huskies gained 592 yards on 85 plays, whereas last year the team only averaged 69.5 plays per game.
Washington has a bye week this weekend before heading to Illinois to take on the Fighting Illini.
[Source: The Seattle Times]