It was a struggle but the Washington Huskies prevailed barely over Hawaii 17-16 in Chris Petersen's head coaching debut at U-Dub.
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“Our guys played hard." Petersen said. "I think there were some good individual plays. Certainly as a team we didn’t play nearly like I think we can play. I think it’s going to be a big wake up call. It’s just hard to win games against anybody.”
The Rainbow Warriors jumped on the Dawgs for 10 unanswered points before Washington's offense began to wake up when John Ross scored on the ground for 20 yards in the first quarter and catching a pass from quarterback Jeff Lindquist for 91 yards.
Washington took a 17-10 lead at halftime and then didn't score again.
Hawaii added a pair of field goals but the rally feel short.
“I just feel like our whole team played too tight." Petersen said. "We got off to a bad start and we were playing not to lose. At times, our defense would get into a rhythm, do some good things and our offense wouldn’t do anything. It started to snowball a little bit.”
“We had our chances, both offensively and defensively." Hawaii head coach Norm Chow said. "We need to get better, and we need to be a better football club.”