A stinger, coach Chris Petersen said, kept Huskies left tackle Trey Adams from playing in his first Apple Cup on Friday.
But Washington fared surprisingly well without him.
Adams, a true freshman from Wenatchee who had started in UW’s last nine games, aggravated a stinger during warm-ups. So Andrew Kirkland, who had started five games this year at right tackle, moved to left tackle in Adams’ place, and redshirt freshman Kaleb McGary made the start at right tackle.
The Huskies allowed two sacks, but mostly protected quarterback Jake Browning well, and he completed 14 of 20 passes for 203 yards. And the offensive line blocked well enough for tailback Myles Gaskin to rush for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
“I am really proud of our O-line, because we had to flip Kirkland to left tackle, and he hadn’t practiced there much at all,” Petersen said. “Kaleb McGary was actually ill a little bit this week. He missed a day of practice (and had to play) against this defense that’s moving and all that stuff. … Those kids didn’t bat an eye.”
UW’s offensive line was particularly impressive on an 11-play, 84-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter, a possession capped by Gaskin’s 5-yard run.
“We took care of it all up front,” Browning said. “Our line definitely stepped up, and if there’s a hole, Myles is going to find it.”
Senior linebacker Travis Feeney, who injured his shoulder during last weekend’s win at Oregon State, left Friday’s game with another apparent shoulder injury.
Sophomore nose tackle Elijah Qualls, who missed UW’s last three games due to an ankle injury, did not start but played some on defense.
Junior tailback Dwayne Washington missed his third consecutive game with what Petersen has termed a chronic leg problem.
UW is bowl eligible for the sixth consecutive season, the third-longest streak in school history. … Senior receiver Jaydon Mickens caught five passes for 81 yards, padding his status as the school’s No. 2 career receptions leader (195). … The Huskies have won three consecutive Apple Cup games for the 10th time in the history of the series, which they lead 70-32-6.