These are the top 10 most significant plays in pushing UW to the Rose Bowl. Let’s start with #10.
#10: Against Arizona State. 3rd and 4 from the ASU 5. 4th quarter 11 minutes left. 20-13 score. Browning finds Cade Otton for what proved to be the game winning score.
#9: Browning found Ty Jones on 3rd and Goal from the Utah 6. After that Utah never threatened to score more than 14.
#8: The defense forces back to back turnovers at Utah: Late second quarter, UW ahead 14-7 at Utah but they were threatening and were likely to make a FG. They took a deep shot and it was intercepted by Jordan Miller. On Utah’s next possession in the 3rd quarter, they put together a few first downs then hit Britain Covey for 14 yards. However, Tevis Bartlett caused a fumble and Taylor Rapp recovered. This led to a UW score to go up by 14.
#7: On the first drive against Utah. It was 3rd and 2 from the Utah 38. Myles Gaskin broke free for a 38 yard TD. It set the tone and UW never was close losing its lead throughout the game.
#6: Up 21-7 against Stanford. 2nd and 10 from the UW 25. Myles Gaskin explodes for 37 yards. This almost led to a TD. It put UW up 24-7 and that FG was crucial in halting Stanford’s momentum, at least momentarily. UW missed these critical explosive run plays for much of the season.
#5: Up 24-17 on Stanford. 4th and 2 on Stanford 21. Peyton Henry nails a 38 yard field goal to put UW up by two scores.
#4: Up 10-3 on Utah in the Pac-12 title game. Utah had 1st and 10 on UW’s 47. They took a deep shot and it was intercepted by Jordan Miller. This was right after Murphy’s pick 6.
#3: Up 14-7 on WSU. Early 3rd quarter. UW facing 3rd and 16 on its own 25. Jake Browning finds Hunter Bryant who breaks several tackles en route to a 59 yard gain. He scored on the next play on a 22-yard trick play reception.
#2: Up 20-15 on WSU. 3rd and 1 from our own 20. Over 12 minutes to go. Gaskin explodes for the 80 yard TD. Perhaps it was the emotional high point of the season next to the end of the Pac-12 title game.
#1: Tied 3-3 with Utah in the Pac-12 title game near the end of the 3rd quarter. Utah had 2nd and 5 from UW’s 47. Byron Murphy intercepts the pass and takes it back for what proved to be the biggest play of the game.