The Washington football team didn’t have to play this past weekend, taking Saturday off to enjoy a much-needed bye week after suffering its first loss of the season. Without a game to prepare for, or a game to play, or even a game to review, Husky coach Chris Petersen has had time aplenty to take a look at film of Washington’s upcoming opponent: UCLA.
More specifically: Josh Rosen.
The UCLA junior is second in the nation in passing yards, having thrown for 2,620, leaving him just 30 behind Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph. His 19 passing touchdowns rank eighth in the country. He’s in the top 15 in points responsible for, after leading that category for much of the season. Petersen is impressed.
“Probably the top guy in college football throwing the ball,” the coach said at his press availability on Monday. “He’s tremendous, for sure. We certainly haven’t seen anybody that can throw the ball like he throws it — and how they throw it.”
It will be an intriguing matchup on Saturday: The conference’s leading quarterback vs. the conference’s stingiest defense and toughest secondary. In seven games, Washington has allowed just two passing plays of 30 yards or longer, and not a single team has managed to score more than two touchdowns.
Perhaps boding well for UCLA is the emergence of a typically dormant running game, which has been responsible for six touchdowns in the previous two games, four more than Rosen.
“They got a lot of weapons,” Petersen said. “A lot of speed.”
As does Washington, which has a host of factors going for it, not the least of which would be the bye week. The Huskies have won their previous seven games coming off of a bye week.
“He gets the ball out fast,” Petersen said of Rosen. “He throws it short. He throws it intermediate. He throws it deep. They do it all … We will see it all.”
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