Here are my grades for the game:
QUARTERBACK: Sure, Jake Locker took a step back, as Tim Lappano mentioned, but that shouldn’t surprise or alarm anybody. And he still made a number of key plays that won that game — the runs on the first drive, the passes to Marcel Reece, and even the run for the key first down on the final drive. UW doesn’t win today without him. Grade: B.
RUNNING BACKS: Lappano said the Huskies wanted to see more of the freshmen today, especially Curtis Shaw, but that it didn’t make sense to put them into a tight game, so he kept with Louis Rankin. Lappano said Rankin reverted to some of his old ways at times. “I think he was really trying to make the big play and get 100 yards in one run and he can’t do that,” Lappano said. But Rankin also said he was “babying” a sprained ankle and didn’t run in the same manner as last week. It’s disturbing if Rankin has reverted, but we’ll assume the injury had something to do with it. Grade: C-plus.
RECEIVERS: I counted five sure dropped balls and there were maybe one or two others that could have been, which is obviously too many. Lappano said several were looking back into the sun, but said that still can’t be the sole excuse. Also, didn’t appear as if UW’s receivers were open all over the place. Locker several times took off running when there appeared to be no one open. And who knows what’s happened to Johnie Kirton, who has yet to make a catch this season. Grade: C.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Again, a game where the Huskies went with just six OL, rotating at LT with Ben Ossai and Cody Habben but othewise went with the same guys all game. The Huskies did an awful lot of running early on behind Chad Macklin and Casey Bulyca, again showing their confidence in the right side of the line. But the line got manhandled a bit in the second half — UW ran for just 59 yards on 21 carries in the second half and that includes a 36-yard run by Locker in the fourth quarter. Grade: C-plus.
DEFENSIVE LINE: On paper, a studly effort since UW held Boise State to just 10 points. But more of the credit for this one went to the back seven, with defensive coordinator Kent Baer admitting that he thought the Huskies could get more pressure on BSU’s QB. UW had just two sacks. On the other hand, the Huskies kept Boise State’s running game in check, which was the biggest goal for the Huskies. Grade: B-plus.
LINEBACKERS: As Baer said afterward, UW seems faster this year than the last few. E.J. Savannah was everywhere making 13 tackles and several times using his good lateral movement to snuff out BSU runs that appeared to have some potential. Trenton Tuiasosopo also came up big at times in the middle, notably stopping Johnson on a third-and-one early in the third quarter. Dan Howell also had a nice day with a team-high two tackles for a loss. Grade: A-minus.
SECONDARY: Overall a positive here as UW won the game and held BSU to 10 points. The Huskies came up with a number of big plays here, notably from Roy Lewis. But BSU also seemed to have its share of receivers open at times and the ball just didn’t get there, and it’s still worth wondering how well the UW secondary will hold up against a really good pass-catch combo. Grade: A-minus.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A mixed bag. Ryan Perkins went 1-2 with one FG blocked, and the Broncos had a kickoff return for a TD called back due to a penalty (hard to tell how much the penalty impacted things on that one, as well). And the Huskies aren’t getting much out of their return game right now.
That may be it for the night now.
Here are my grades for the game:
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