Let’s wrap up Washington’s turnover-filled, 30-24 loss to California on Saturday with some links, plus a look back at a wild day in the Pac-12.
SEATTLE -- After his final act of inadvertent charity, Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Browning fell to his knees, slumped over and held his head near the Husky Stadium turf.
He had just committed his third turnover in this 30-24 loss to the California Golden Bears, scrambling desperately away from the ceaseless Cal pass rush that sacked him five times before forcing a bad throw into a bad spot.
Cal defensive back Damariay Drew picked it off with 1 minute, 57 seconds remaining, the final giveaway from which the Huskies could not recover.
“It was like our 12th turnover of the game,” a terse Browning remarked afterward. “So we’re not going to play with anybody if we do that.”
Forgive the freshman for his exaggeration. The Huskies only turned the ball over five times Saturday. It just felt like a dozen.
Browning threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. True freshman receiver Isaiah Renfro lost a fumble. And tailback Dwayne Washington lost a fumble with the Huskies trailing 27-21 in the fourth quarter, driving at Cal’s 38-yard line with 10:53 remaining.
That was one play after Browning just barely overthrew Washington on a wheel route up the left sideline that might have netted a touchdown had the throw been on target.
“If the ball hits my hands, I’ve got to catch it, regardless,” Washington said. “It was slightly a bad ball, but it hit my hands. I should have caught the ball.”
--- From Adam Jude: the young Huskies were left humbled by their stumbles and fumbles.
Elsewhere in the Pac-12 ...
UCLA 56, Arizona 30 -- UCLA turned question marks into exclamation points. ... Where do the Wildcats go from here?
USC 42, Arizona State 14 -- The Trojans cruised to a calm, cool victory in the desert. ... The Sun Devils were embarrassed.
Colorado 48, Nicholls State 0 -- Not much to say about this one. The Buffaloes cruised.
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