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August 31, 2007 at 4:36 PM

Let the game begin

I have to turn my attention now to doing stuff for the paper and on-line but I’ll check back after the game.
SOME THIRD QUARTER STATS — UW has 412 yards to 161 for Syracuse, including 270 on the ground to minus-seven for the Orange. That’s just total domination up front, which along with Locker has to be the most encouraging sign of the day.
LOOKS LIKE LOCKER’S DAY IS DONE: Here are his numbers after what surely ranks as one of the most impressive debuts in UW history — 83 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns, and 14-19 passing for 142 yards. That means he hit 14 of his last 16 passes after missing on his first three.
WOW. JUST WOW: Isn’t that what a lot of the kids say today? That sure fits what we are seeing here. Did any of you really see this coming? I thought they’d win, as I wrote yesterday, and by more than the spread, as I called for an 11-point win. But nobody could have really predicted this.
The wonder now is just how bad is Syracuse. They look like they’ve already begun to give up.
MAYBE THEY CAN STILL CATCH THAT KENNY CHESNEY CONCERT: The fans are beginning to stream out of here after that drive ended in futile fashion.
Locker’s going to get the lion’s share of the attention for this one, and for lots of good reasons, but this has been a real team effort. Caesar Rayford looks as if he’s finally emerging as a legit pass rusher, the young secondary is performing just fine, and the two kickers have been flawless.
THIS GAME’S OVER — The boos have started here after Locker scores on an 8-yard run. This is the third year for Syracuse coach Greg Robinson and he will most swiftly up those “hot seat” rankings after this one.
Only question now is just how much do the Huskies win by.
It’s been years since the Huskies really dominated someone like this. Even that win at Arizona in 2005 had a somewhat fluky nature with the Hail Mary pass before halftime and all that. This has been a rout from the start.
HUSKIES DOMINATING — The UW fans gathered are now cheering “Whose House? Dawgs’ House” and no one can argue that fact right now. This is as impressive a performance as anyone could have really hoped for. Syracuse is completely deflated right now and there is little noise in this place.
SOME HALFTIME STATS — Hadn’t realized UW was dominating on the ground quite this much. The Huskies have 130 yards rushing while holding the Orange to minus-two. That’s how you win games.
Locker has 67 yards on eight carries, while Rankin has 57 on nine carries.
And after missing on his first three passes, Locker hit seven of his next eight and is now 7-11 for 47 yards.
Also, while penalties always seem costly when they occur, UW has just two for 11 yards, a below average total, especially for a first game.
HUSKIES UP 14-6 AT HALFTIME: Simply put, the Huskies look like the better team at halftime. UW will get the ball to start the third quarter and another long drive would probably all but put the game away. Syracuse is playing sloppily and looks like it is beginning to lose its confidence.
I’ll pass along some halftime stats in a few minutes.
ROMAR WATCHING IN GREECE: Here’s a note from the UW sports information department on Lorenzo Romar:
Coach Lorenzo Romar is watching the Husky football game in a hotel lobby of
the Electra Palace in Thessaloniki, Greece along with assistant coach Paul
Fortier and video manager Darren Talley.
The group is watching on a small computer screen via the internet
thanks to a SlingBox unit set up in the UW basketball offices in Seattle.
The game kicked off at 3 a.m. in Greece. The team boards a bus at 9 a.m.,
heading to Trikala for a game Saturday night.
HUSKIES BEGINNING TO DOMINATE — The air has really come out of this place as Locker scores his first TD as a Husky to put UW ahead 14-3.
Did you notice on that run to the 2-yard line how Locker Brandon Gilbueax, a 271-pound defensive lineman, for about three yards? Locker is beginning to really wow them here with his strength and running ability.
That’s two straight 80-yard drives of 10 plays or more, the kind of consistent moving of the ball UW fans haven’t seen in a long time.
Also, note that Cody Habben played that entire drive as he appears to be rotating by quarter with Ben Ossai.
Also note that there has been little impact made by Jameel McClain.
GREAT DRIVE BY THE HUSKIES — 80 yards on 10 plays there. Rankin had 47 yards on four carries.
END FIRST QUARTER — Huskies have a little momentum now after that amazing escape by Louis Rankin. The crowd noticeably quieted after that one. Considering how Syracuse has had the field position advantage most of the quarter the Huskies have to feel good to be down only 3-0 and to now have the ball in Orange territory.
I did notice Chris Stevens on the punt return team, so he is playing some.
Also, you might give the game ball for the first quarter to Jared Ballman. He was a big question mark entering this game, but he has looked good so far. He’s probably kicking in a dome.
MID FIRST QUARTER — Locker looked a little too hyped there and the Syracuse D-line looked pretty good on that first series. People here are saying that D-line could be a real strength for the Orange this season.
For those wondering about where the coaches are on the field, defensive coordinator Kent Baer and secondary coach J.D. Williams are each on the field.
Also noted that Chris Stevens, who was on the nickel defense last year, isn’t playing at all.
SYRACUSE TAKES 3-0 LEAD — That could have been worse, obviously. You’ll notice that Nate Williams was playing in the nickel defense. Williams, Victor Aiyewa and Mason Foster were all on the kickoff team, making three true frosh who have played so far. And while Trenton Tui was starting, Donald Butler came on the field for the nickel, as well.
Trenton Tuiasosopo is starting at MLB for the Huskies.
UPDATE 4:57 — It’s maybe two-thirds full in here, if that (guess there are really a lot of Kenny Chesney fans in Syracuse) but it is getting loud and you can easily see how the noise can be really distracting when this place is full. But not sure it’s going to be a huge factor tonight.
There are 24 minutes until kickoff, and for now, I’ll use this as a running thread for the game.
If the team warmups are any indication, Ben Ossai is going to start at left tackle, as he’s running with the first team while Cody Habben is with the backups. Also, J.R. Hasty took the first handoff with the backup unit, indicating maybe he is the backup RB. But word is several of the backup RBs will get carries tonight.
Jordan White-Frisbee and Morgan Rosborough look like they are the backup guards. The Huskies are now leaving the field and when they return, it will be ballgame time.



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