Don James statue unveiled in Husky 44-23 win over Bruins

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Don James statue unveiled in Husky 44-23 win over Bruins

Finally, the Huskies received a traditional 12:30 start and under blue skies on a crisp 60 degree autumn Saturday, the Washington Huskies took the UCLA Bruins to task with a stifling defense and brutish running attack.

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This game would see the Dawgs knock UCLA’s golden boy QB Josh Rosen out of the game on their 4th sack. Rosen limped off and was seen sporting bloody finger as he went to the locker room. Rosen would finish with just 12 of 21 passing for 93 yards.

The Husky offense fared no better in passing as Browning attempted a mere 11 attempts with 98 total yards; however, the aerial attack wasn’t necessary as the team would amass 333 yards rushing. Coach Petersen recognized the Bruin’s deficiency against the run and unleashed Myles Gaskin and Lavon Coleman. Gaskin would gather 169 yards and a TD with Coleman churning out an additional 94 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Freshman Salvon Ahmed showed his promise in the kick return game, with an 82-yard kickoff return early in the second quarter. Ahmed added a 40-yard return in the fourth quarter and had a 34-yard run on a reverse.

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Most impressively, would be the unveiling of the Don James statue before the game (technically on Friday). The 8’6 statue by Lou Cella (same artist who created the Ken Griffey Jr statue) features a stoic James with his arms crossed and the famous purple cap with a gold “W.” The Dawgfather coached the Huskies for 18 years leading them to a 153-57-2 record, including 98 Pac-10 wins, 4 Rose Bowl wins, a National Championship, and an induction into the College football hall of fame.

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