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Defense, Stevens Pave the Way to Victory
Release: 09/02/2006
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Sept. 2, 2006

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

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

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

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

The defensive end turned linebacker led the team in tackles as he continues to solidify his role. The Washington defensive front was one of the things that San Jose State coach Dick Tomey was worried about coming into the game.

"There were a lot of things that our defense did very well," head coach Tyrone Willingham said. "I think the first three quarters we played pretty solid.

The numbers tell the entire story of a game in which the Huskies forced five punts and allowed just 50 yards rushing. That is a recipe for success 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 created some problems for other teams, so it was good for us to keep that under control."

Good enough to be 1-0.

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