Washington has been chugging along quite nicely in the early portion of the 2017 college football season, but the Huskies may have to continue through Pac-12 play without a key wide receiver on the field. Chico McClatcher, a junior, could potentially be done for the remainder of the season after breaking his ankle Saturday night against Colorado.
Washington head coach Chris Petersen announced McClatcher will be out for an undetermined amount of time, but the fear is a broken ankle could keep him out for the rest of the season.
In three games this season, McClatcher caught 10 passes for 128 yards. He did not play in a Week 3 game against Fresno State. On Saturday against the Buffs, McClatcher caught four passes for 44 yards in the 37-10 victory in Boulder.
Petersen did note McClatcher can still preserve a year of eligibility by utilizing a possible redshirt to his advantage.
For a half, Colorado had No. 7 Washington just where they wanted in a Pac-12 Championship Game rematch from a year ago. Just like in that matchup in Santa Clara 10 months ago, the Buffs trailed by just a score going into halftime and looked surprisingly sharp against their highly ranked opponents from Seattle.
Just like it did last December though, the third quarter rolled around and Huskies reminded everybody why they reign supreme in the Pac-12 until further notice, capping off a dominant second half to capture a key road win in Boulder 37-10 over the Buffs.
While Jake Browning still didn’t seem to figure out Mike MacIntyre‘s defense the second time around (11/21, 160 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT), it’s not like the UW signal-caller needed to with the effort his run game and defense were able to provide on a rainy night under the Flatirons. Tailback Myles Gaskin had no problem shouldering more of the load with his backup out, rushing for 202 yards and two scores while breaking off big run after big run to slowly crush the home crowd’s spirits. If there was anything that did really go wrong for the offense in the second half, it was the fact that wide receiver Chico McClatcher was carted off after a gruesome ankle injury that figures to sideline him for some time to come.
Still, the impressive performance on the scoreboard was really the result of the Huskies’ stifling defense coming to play after some adjustments in the locker room. Linebacker Azeem Victor hit the double-digit mark for tackles and corner Myles Bryant pulled down a pick-six — one of three interceptions on the night. As a result, what was a close game for about two and a half quarters, ended up turning into a runaway win for the defending Pac-12 North champs.
While it was a tough night on the scoreboard with nothing going in the second half, there were some positives for the Buffs early on. Quarterback Steven Montez did look sharp working the middle of the field until the pressure was turned up and running back Phillip Lindsay managed 68 yards and a touchdown against one of the stiffer run defenses in the country. Given some of USC’s early struggles, it’s pretty clear that Colorado will remain a factor in the Pac-12 South battle if nothing else.
In the end though, it was the same ol’ same ol’ out West as Washington remained unbeaten and looking again like a College Football Playoff contender once again.
Looking to rebound from their first loss of the season, Washington didn’t exactly jump out to a hot start on Saturday night. Still, the Huskies did what they needed to do in the second quarter against an overmatched Arizona State squad and ended up with a 24-0 lead at halftime.
Quarterback Jake Browning struggled a bit, getting picked off in the first quarter after a ball was deflected off his receiver’s hands for a tip drill interception. He threw another right to a defender in the second quarter for an apparent pick-six, but that play was negated by a flag. His defense bailed him out with an incredible interception from cornerback Kevin King in end zone on the ensuing drive.
Luckily Browning was able to make up for his second mistake, dumping it off and letting Chico McClatcher do most of the work on a 75-yard screen play for the first touchdown of the game. Dante Pettis hauled in a second score on a crisp 46-yarder after blowing by the Sun Devils’ secondary and Lavon Coleman punched it in from a yard out for another.
As bad as the Washington offense looked at times though, it had nothing on Arizona State’s performance that included six punts, two turnovers and just 48 yards in the first two quarters.
The Huskies do get the ball back to start the second half and you can bet Chris Petersen and company will be looking to put some more distance between themselves and the Sun Devils as they try to get some style points for the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.