Washington's slow departure from Rose Bowl is familiar and unwelcome

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – The second half of the Rose Bowl showed Washington's number 9 was more than capable of competing with the best university football programs.

Unfortunately for the Huskies, another slow start against a leading opponent not holding a conference turned out to be the difference in their 28-23 loss to No. 5 Ohio on Tuesday.

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The third consecutive appearance of Washington in a New Year's game Six played as a defeat against Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal at Peach Bowl in 2016 and against the Penn State at Fiesta Bowl the last season. The Huskies fell 28-3 at the Buckeyes in the third quarter before regrouping with three touchdowns in the fourth.

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The feeling of regret was all too familiar to Washington (10-4), who lost 21 points in the first half of the 35-28 loss to Nittany's Lions last season. A year earlier, the Crimson Tide had placed Washington in a 17-7 hole at halftime, resulting in a crushing defeat of 24-7. Even in the opening game against Auburn this season, the Huskies took nine points in the second quarter before falling 21-16. in the neutral site game in Atlanta.

Running back Salvon Ahmed said it was necessary to avoid these anticipated deficits for Washington to win the victory, thus confirming its elite status in the country.

"We saw how we could play this whole game and we showed the whole second half," Ahmed said. & # 39; & # 39; It's unfortunate when this stuff happens, you do not go out fast, and it's on us. This is not on buses. We had games in our hands that we could not do and it is on us. We have to get better. & # 39; & # 39;

Browning agreed, saying his departure from the upper class had narrowed the gap between Washington and those in the state of Ohio.

"I mean, I think we're close," said Browning. "We are good at playing the big game and playing well in Pac-12. Being able to win two Pac-12 championships in four years had been huge, but for some of those bigger games, especially the last two years, I felt like we started slowly. It was too little, too late. We sort of put that together at the end. I think we are close, we are right there. & # 39; & # 39;

At the start of the season against an SEC opponent, Washington became the flag bearer of the Pac-12, a role they seemed never to want to play during the day of the conference in Hollywood. July. The premature defeat of the Tigers virtually eliminated the Pac-12 in the PFC race, and the Ohio State deficit seemed to be another drawback for the conference in the 2019 season.

Harris knew that Washington's critics, and the Pac-12 by extension, would accumulate on social media in the first half.

"Everyone will explode, but we have to do better," he said. "But we know what we are capable of, because in the second half, we started driving, so we have to start quickly."

Having been on the field against the Big Ten champions in the last test where Washington failed, Harris rejected the idea that the match would represent a referendum on the Huskies' place in college football.

"All that matters is my teammates and what we have to do during the off season to bring this team to the next level," Harris said. & # 39; & # 39; I do not care what anyone else has to say. & # 39; & # 39;

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