Defense, Stevens Pave the Way to Victory

Sept. 2, 2006

It would be tough to say that the Huskies season opener against San JoseState was about defense. But in the end, it's easy to remember, thatwhichever defense holds the opponent to less point usually wins.

Most of the defensive guys put it simple, 'We did what we had to do towin.'

The defense logged 10 tackles for loss and four sacks, led by sophomoreChris Stevens, who continues to use his incredible speed to disruptthings in the backfield.

'We have some guys both on our defense and on our special teams that arereally fast,' Stevens said. 'We like to use our speed and we were able touse it to get to the quarterback today.'

The defensive end turned linebacker led the team in tackles as hecontinues to solidify his role. The Washington defensive front was one ofthe things that San Jose State coach Dick Tomey was worried about cominginto the game.

'There were a lot of things that our defense did very well,' head coachTyrone Willingham said. 'I think the first three quarters we playedpretty solid.

The numbers tell the entire story of a game in which the Huskies forcedfive punts and allowed just 50 yards rushing. That is a recipe forsuccess in college football.

'That was probably one of the good things that we did,' Willingham said.'We knew that their little runner had been very explosive and createdsome problems for other teams, so it was good for us to keep that undercontrol.'

Good enough to be 1-0.

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