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It was an awful year for the Washington Huskies. The program had its worst season since Tyrone Willingham was fired after an 0-12 campaign in 2008. Jimmy Lake was fired after just 13 games on the sidelines for the Huskies, and the team missed out on a bowl game for the first time since 2009. Washington also lost to Washington State in the Apple Cup for the first time since 2012, and it was the biggest loss the Huskies had ever suffered at the hands of the Cougars.
Washington was seen as a playoff contender by some in the college football world heading into the 2021 season. Phil Steele called the Huskies his No. 1 surprise team, and many believed they would win the Pac 12 in the school’s first full season under Jimmy Lake. However, the Huskies were instead the most disappointing team in the nation.
It quickly became apparent that Washington simply wasn’t that good on offense. The Huskies could only muster seven points in a loss to FCS Montana in their season opener, and they were blown out on the road by Michigan the following week. They seemed to right the ship with wins over Arkansas State and California, but they proceeded to lose their next two conference games.
The Huskies beat Arizona and Stanford by one score to move to 4-4 before closing the season on a four-game losing streak. Washington was competitive in losses to Oregon, Arizona State, and Colorado, but the Huskies were routed by Wazzou in their season finale.
This offense was atrocious. Washington ranked 100th in Offensive SP+, and the Huskies really struggled on the ground and through the air. Dylan Morris completed 60.6% of his passes for 2,458 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, while Sam Huard completed 52.4% of his passes for 5.7 YPA with a touchdown and four picks.
Somehow the run game was even worse. Washington averaged 3.2 YPC on the season. No player had more than 450 rushing yards, and the two leading rushers each averaged less than 4.0 YPC. It wasn’t due to a lot of sacks either, as the Huskies allowed 23 sacks on the season.
The run defense was shockingly bad. Washington allowed 4.9 YPC and 199.7 YPG against the run this season. The defensive line could only muster 19 sacks too, as the front seven had a tough time in every aspect. This secondary was elite though, allowing just 5.5 YPA and 146.8 YPG to quarterbacks. The Huskies ranked in the top three in pass defense as a result.
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Washington State dismantled Washington 40-13 in this year’s Apple Cup. It was an embarrassing loss for the Huskies, as they were outgained 454 total yards to 200 total yards and turned the ball over four times on the day. The Cougars’ fans rushed the field in Seattle after the win, capping off an ignominious season for Washington.
Sam Huard started in place of Dylan Morris, but he did not play well under center. Huard completed 17 of 31 passes for 190 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions. Rome Odunze caught the lone touchdown pass, and Washington’s ground game was completely ineffective.
The Huskies ran the ball 14 times for a total of 10 yards. Kamari Pleasant had a few decent runs, but Huard was sacked for big losses twice, and the other two running backs were repeatedly stuffed at the line of scrimmage.
Jayden de Laura shined for the Cougars in the win. He completed 27 of 32 passes for 245 yards. Max Borghi ran the ball 22 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns, and Deon McIntosh ran for 49 yards and a score.
2021 Washington Huskies Schedule
||vs. Arkansas State
||W 31-24 (OT)
||at Oregon State
||vs. Arizona State
||vs. Washington State
On September 11, the Washington Huskies will face the Michigan Wolverines at the Big House in Ann Arbor for one of the biggest intersectional inter-conference games of the entire year. ABC will televise the matchup in prime time. Michigan has a revamped coaching staff, and their head coach Jim Harbaugh is desperately trying to change the conversation after two disappointing seasons.
On October 16, the UCLA Bruins will come calling to Husky Stadium. UCLA head coach Chip Kelly is in his fourth year facing a virtual bowl-or-else scenario.
A potentially tough Pac-12 road game beckons on October 30 when Washington travels to Stanford to face the Cardinal.
November 26 is the Apple Cup matchup against the Washington State Cougars at Husky Stadium. This traditional intrastate rivalry ranks among the nation's best.
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