What the Huskies need to carry over from Saturday’s win to beat the Cougars

www.dailyuw.com – RSS Results in sports,sports/* of type article On Saturday, the No. 6 Washington football team took one step closer to claiming its first conference championship since 2000.After last weekend’s loss to USC, the UW’s path to the Pac-12 title game was left less clear than before.But after No. 22 Washington State lost to No. 10 Colorado and the UW beat Arizona State 44-18 at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium, the road ahead is much clearer. The 44-18 win over ASU gives Washington momentum heading into its short week before the Apple Cup.
If Washington beats WSU on Friday in Pullman, then the Huskies (10-1, 7-1 Pac-12) will win the conference’s north division and face the winner of the south division in the Pac-12 Championship in Santa Clara, Calif., on Dec. 2.For that to happen, however, the Huskies will have to repeat some aspects of their performance against the Sun Devils (5-6, 2-6 Pac-12) when they face their in-state rival.In Washington’s win Saturday, the team made big plays on special teams that gave it momentum at important moments.With the game scoreless halfway through the first quarter, freshman defensive back Taylor Rapp forced a fumble off a punt from junior punter Tristan Vizcaino. Junior cornerback Darren Gardenhire recovered the ball to give possession back the UW at the 11-yard line.Three plays later, Washington got an early lead off a 30-yard field goal from senior placekicker Cameron Van Winkle.Van Winkle ended the game with three field goals, the first time that he’s done that since the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Southern Mississippi last December.In the fourth quarter, junior linebacker Keishawn Bierria returned an onside kickoff attempt and ran it right up the middle of the field for a 45-yard touchdown to stretch.“I’m just trying to make my plays,” Bierria said. “Coach put me in a good position to …

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