Washington stat from win over Oregon shows Huskies might be a team of destiny in 2023
Washington won a game on Saturday it has historically lost.
Tony Castricone, the voice of the Huskies, shared a pretty remarkable stat after the 36-33 win over Oregon. UW has lost the turnover battle and been outgained by at least 100 yards in the same game 31 times since 2000, according to Castricone. All 31 games resulted in Washington losses.
The Oregon game on Saturday marked the 32nd such occurrence.
And it was Washington’s first win.
Castricone said what everyone is thinking on social media: “This team finds a way.”
I've only collected @UW_Football turnover data back to 2000, so I can't go back farther than that yet, but…
Since 2000, UW was 0-31 when both getting outgained by 100 yds and losing the turnover battle.
Both happened Saturday.
This team finds a way.
— Tony Castricone (@Castricone) October 16, 2023
Oregon outgained Washington 541-415 in the game. The Ducks also didn’t turn the football over. (Turnovers on downs aren’t officially scored as “turnovers” the way interceptions and fumbles are.)
But Washington made the plays it needed to make. It held Oregon without points on three separate drives that crossed the UW 25. And quarterback Michael Penix Jr. fought through some pretty severe cramping issues to throw the game-winning touchdown pass with 1:38 to play after the Huskies stopped Oregon on a fourth-and-3 near midfield.
“We’re built for this,” coach Kalen DeBoer said after the game. “We’re made for this. We’ve been through some things, we’ve learned from them. We take the lessons we’ve learned and apply them and you can see it.”