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September 17, 2006 at 8:43 PM

Looking back once more

Here’s the Huskies replay and the Grading the Game features that will appear in the Monday paper.
HUSKIES REPLAY
The good: Stanback, Stanback, Stanback. No QB controversy here after Isaiah Stanback played what might have been his best game as a Husky considering the stakes involved. The Huskies also played smart with no turnovers and only four penalties. The defense was stout aside from some early slopping tackling. And the special teams proved the difference. Mostly, though, the win has the Huskies feeling as good as they have at any time since possibly the 2001 season.
The bad: Five dropped passes will be five too many come Pac-10 play. And the tackling also has to become more consistent, seeming to go in fits and starts. The Huskies also have to find some big-play makers other than Stanback.
Next up: vs. UCLA, Saturday, 4 p.m., TBS
GRADING THE GAME
Offense: Take out Stanback and there was little to crow about …quot; he accounted for all but 37 of the team’s 279 yards either running or passing. But UW coaches expected that considering Fresno State’s size inside, which they figured would make it hard for the Huskies to run the ball conventionally. The line got manhandled at times, but Stanback made up for it, and Marcel Reece showed signs that he will be a big-time player soon enough.
Grade: B-plus
Defense: If only they had tackled better coming out of both halves they might have gotten an A. The secondary stiffened up after the first two weeks, and the Huskies held Dwayne Wright below his averages in both total yards (20 fewer) and per rush (4.9 opposed to 5.7 coming in). But it’s worth noting that FSU rarely tried to put more than two receivers out there, which helped mitigate UW’s secondary weaknesses. UCLA won’t be as easy to defend.
Grade: B
Special teams: They allowed one long kickoff return, and a penalty on another set up FSU’s final scoring drive. But in the end, the Huskies made a play when they most had to make it on Caesar Rayford’s “block heard ’round Montlake.”
Grade: B-plus.

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