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September 24, 2006 at 8:40 AM

The day after

As always following a game like that, there’s much we weren’t able to address immediately afterward. So here are some more notes and thoughts on the big win:
— First, always interesting to read the other side’s viewpoint. This story from the LA Daily News indicates a lot of consternation with the play calling, especially when the Bruins were in the red zone, as well as Ben Olson taking blame for some poor throws.
— To respond to those who mildly questioned my choice of the Roy Lewis blitz as one of the plays of the game, certainly there were many to choose from. The Gunheim play was huge, as Bud Withers of our paper pointed out today. So was the Ossai fumble recovery, which we also wrote about today among a number of other topics in our notebook Then there was the Quintin Daniels reception for UW’s first true first down late in the first half. What can’t be debated is that all were important …quot; and the fact that the Huskies making so many plays of that nature represents that much more progress.
— And then there was the Dan Howell interception, which our new columnist, Jerry Brewer, detailed so eloquently today as well.
— Dashon Goldson played a little in place of Matt Fountaine in the first half but didn’t appear to play much, if at all, in the second half. Also of note, Jordan White-Frisbee played on special teams for his first action of the season.
— For those asking about Marcel Reece, all I can really guess is that he simply wasn’t playing as well as the other guys. In particular, the return of Cody Ellis seemed to take time away from Reece. Just as interesting, this is the second straight game Corey Williams has gone without a catch. But with Sonny Shackelford and Anthony Russo playing so well, the Huskies are getting by just fine. And no, I don’t think there was a single drop on the UW side this week.
— I think Louis Rankin didn’t play much in the second half because Kenny James is generally regarded as a better receiver and blocker, two things that were much more important once the Huskies went almost primarily with the spread offense in the second half.
— Someone questioned my saying that the pass rush was an issue, and you have a point. UW ended up with three sacks, a season high …quot; the Huskies had just four coming in. But having heard Willingham’s halftime comments on KJR, he was very disappointed in the pass rush early, which what I was thinking of when I wrote that. You could also make a minor quibble that only one sack came from a lineman (Brandon Ala on the final series). On the other hand, the way UCLA ran its offense, with Ben Olson throwing almost exclusively short routes, also made it hard to get to the QB.
— Stanback started the game 1-4 for six yards in the first quarter. Here are the rest of his by-quarter breakdowns: Second quarter: 6-9, 102 yards, 1 TD; third quarter: 6-7, 47 yards, 1 TD; fourth quarter: 5-9, 47 yards, 1 TD.
— Take out Chris Markey’s 63-yard run in the first quarter and UCLA had just 80 yards rushing on 33 carries the rest of the day. Markey had 61 yards on his other 18 carries.
— This is the second time in three games UW has allowed a punt return of 62 yards or longer with the other coming at Oklahoma. Both came after booming punts by Sean Douglas. But Willingham said it’s more than just Douglas outkicking the coverage but that the coverage deserves blame as well for not being in position.
— UW has now allowed 105 points this season — and scored 105.

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