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October 8, 2006 at 1:19 AM

Clock-gate redux

Lots of questions here tonight (now morning) so we’ll get right to it:
DID THE NEW CLOCK RULES DO IN THE HUSKIES ON THIS ONE? Not really. At least not where you might think. The new rules designed to speed up the game don’t really apply in this case. The clock starts on first downs when the official gives a ready to play sign. They may be trying to do that more quickly this year to speed things up, but there is no official change in that rule and that didn’t appear to hurt UW here. The new rules on the clock did hurt UW at the beginning of the drive, however. UW began its final drive with 1:29 on the clock. In the old days, the clock wouldn’t have started until the ball was snapped on the first play following a change of possession. But in this case, it took UW 16 seconds to run its first down play, an incomplete pass by Stanback. There was 1:13 left when UW fan its second down play.
IS THERE A CONSPIRACY TO DO IN UW? No. If there was, the officials would not have flagged USC for what looked like a pretty harmless illegal block that was away from the ball on the 61-yard run by USC’s Chauncey Washington late in the third quarter that was called back. USC ended up punting on that drive instead of getting a score that could have put them up 30-13. Not trying to make you all mad here by pointing that out, just trying to point out both sides of this stuff.
STILL, DIDN’T THE REFS JOB UW? No doubt that I think UW should have had at least four seconds on the clock to run that final play, which means the Huskies would have gotten the snap off and the play run. From there, who knows, but it would have been fun to see them get the chance.
WHY ISN’T MARCEL REECE PLAYING MORE? I think there’s two reasons. One, I don’t think he’s gotten to the point yet he can play anywhere other than the slot, which limits the ways the coaches can get him in the game. Also, he did drop a pass in a third-down situation Saturday, at least his second of the year. So they may think other guys are simply playing better.
WHAT’S WITH ALL THE BAD SNAPS? Certainly, I think they thought Danny Morovick would be more consistent at the long-snapping stuff. I don’t know if there’s an option there or not if they decide he’s not doing the job. That will be a story to follow this week. As for Juan Garcia, he didn’t have a great game with all those snaps on the ground. But that’s a tough job and he won it for a reason, which I would assume is that the coaches think he’s the best man for that job. But that’s another thing to ask about this week.
WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT FAKE FIELD GOAL? The best quotes I heard about it are in this story here so read this first. I’m sure we’ll get more explanation of this on Monday.
WHAT ABOUT INJURIES, ESPECIALLY TO STANBACK AND GOLDSON? Stanback I guess suffered a hip injury. Stanback wouldn’t elaborate afterward and Willingham said only that he was banged up a little. But Stanback indicated he’d be fine and he never came out of the game so I’m guessing he’s okay. But that’s always a concern with QBs who run a lot. As for Goldson, he officially suffered a concussion but it sure looked like his ankle hurt him as well when he came out for the last time. We’ll see how he is this week. Jason Wells also suffered a concussion which could be troublesome. He also suffered a concussion on that memorable hit that sent C.J. Wallace to the hospital during fall camp so if he has another one, that could be a concern.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE D-LINE? It wasn’t their best game. There were no sacks, though Booty is hard to get to rolling out so much behind a good line. But I count only five tackles from the D-line — three by Wilson Afoa and two by Greyson Gunheim.



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