No 9 Washington beats Arizona 3528 in overtime

first_imgTUCSON, Ariz. — Washington survived its first real test after rolling through an easy nonconference schedule.To keep their run going, the Huskies know they’ll have to play better than this.Jake Browning hit Dante Pettis on a 4-yard touchdown in overtime and No. 9 Washington overcame a slew of missed opportunities to hold off Arizona 35-28 Saturday night in both teams’ Pac-12 opener.“We can do better than that,” Washington coach Chris Petersen said.The Huskies (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) dominated their first three games behind Browning’s prolific passing and a first-team defense that did not allow a touchdown.Those wins came against Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State, so Arizona represented a huge uptick in competition.Despite the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1) being down to their fourth-string running back, Washington had a hard time shaking them, plagued by missed chances on Arizona’s side of the field.The Huskies failed on a fourth-and-1 in the third quarter and Cameron Van Winkle missed his second field goal of the game in the fourth — from 40 yards — to allow the Wildcats to hang around.Lavon Coleman did his part, running for 181 yards and a 55-yard touchdown while Browning was mostly limited to short throws underneath. Browning hit a few big passes in the second half and found Pettis, who made a tough grab on the first possession of overtime.last_img