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September 8, 2007 at 12:30 PM

Kickoff is here

PROGRAMMING NOTE — It’s now time to head to the field for interviews so may not be much more until after the game.
LAST CHANCE FOR BOISE? — UW had a chance to put it away there but Locker just threw the first interception of his career to end the drive and now Boise is moving the ball. Locker may have to lead one more drive to win this game.
THIRD QUARTER STATS —
UW has 280 yards, BSU 283. Ian Johnson is 18-60, Rankin is 12-41 and Lockcer is 10-35 rushing.
Locker is 12-23 181 passing, Tharp is 20-28 208.
BSU has 7 penalties for 85 yards, UW 3-35.
UW LEADS 24-10 END OF THIRD QUARTER — The Huskies can go a long way toward putting this one away if they can convert on this drive. UW has a 2-6 at the BSU 22-yard-line as the fourth quarter begins.
BIG CATCH FOR REECE — Reece just made a 39-yard catch and how has four catches for 102 yards. It’s the second 100-plus game of Reece’s career, the first coming in the Apple Cup last year.
DEFENSE STANDS TALL — I thought this was going to be a shootout, hence my pick of 35-32. But it’s evolving into a defensive struggle as the Huskies again came up with some key stops to stop a promising BSU drive. And now UW has just blocked a field goal, with Jordan Reffett doing the honors. UW is making all the big plays at the right time to make up for a suddenly anemic offense. As I write this, BSU has 283 total yards to 236 for UW.
That was the first blocked field goal for UW since the 2001 Idaho game, believe it or not (the Rayford block last year against Fresno was on a PAT).
OFFENSE SLOWS DOWN — The Huskies had 124 yards at the end of the first quarter. Now, with 4:20 to go in the third quarter, UW has just 236, with 58 coming on that pass-and-run play to Reece. UW has just 13 yards this half.
ELISARA SEEMS TIME — Cameron Elisara got the first significant playing time of his career a few minutes ago, helping make a tackle. He was playing for Afoa as the Huskies appear to be rotating there or maybe Afoa is hurting as he’s come out of the game a few times.
CLADY GETTING JUMPY — BSU left tackle Ryan Clady is supposed to be a potential All-American he’s struggled here today, just getting called for his second false start.
TOO MANY DROPS — The drop by Reece there is at least the fourth for the Huskies today.
ATTENDANCE — The attendance today is 70,045. That’s the third-largest crowd since the 2003 season.
BIG STOP FOR UW — That third-and-one to start the second half feels big. BSU now has to punt and UW showed some dominance of the line there. Trenton Tuiasosopo, who started the game and the half at MLB, came up to make the main stop of Ian Johnson on that third-and-one run.
DAVENPORT SIDELINED — As I suspected, Davenport reaggravated his hamstring injury and is listed as doubtful for the second half.
HERE ARE THE TEAM STATS FOR THE FIRST HALF
First downs — UW 12, BSU 10
Rushing yards — UW 19-74, BSU 20-56
Passing yards — UW 149, BSU 141
Total yards — UW 223, BSU 197
HALFTIME THOUGHTS — Locker didn’t appear to be looking to run much after the first couple of series. Don’t know why other than BSU adjusting and forcing him to throw more. Locker had only one run after the first quarter and is 7-31 for the first half after having four carries on the first drive.
— Tharp is 13-18 for 141 yards, but he also missed a couple of open receivers and had the couple fumbles.
— UW is 19-74 rushing, BSU is 20-56. Johnson is 11-44. Locker is 9-18 for 133 yards and one touchdown.
— Reece has the 58-yard catch and run but otherwise UW doesn’t have a pass longer than 19 yards, meaning they haven’t thrown deep much.
Brandon Johnson is 2-3 rushing for UW and appears to be the backup right now with J.R. Hasty still slowed by a hamstring.
— There was talk that the tight end might be a bigger part of the offense for UW this week but haven’t really seen it. Johnie Kirton is non-existent and Robert Lewis dropped a pass. Michael Gottlieb did catch a key third-down pass, however.
Ian Johnson has 44 yards on 11 carries, and had 42 yards on eight carries in the second quarter.
UW AHEAD 24-10 AT HALF — BSU’s QB Taylor Tharp won’t write home about this first half. He just fumbled a snap to get sacked and end the half.
Tyrone Willingham said in his halftime comments that he was happy Locker was taking what BSU was giving him, that the team can’t have any more dropped passes like the two that UW had on that last drive, and that they have to keep stopping BSU’s run game and find a way to get some pressure on the QB to stop those deep outs that helped the Broncos get down the field.
Also, looking like Byron Davenport might be hurt again. He didn’t play those last few series, standing on the sidelines away from the rest of the players, with Nate Williams taking his place in the nickel defense.
STRANGE SERIES FOR HUSKIES — With a chance to run out the half, UW threw the ball three times and gave it right back to Boise. We’ll see if that hurts the Huskies.
BIG STOP FOR UW — That was big for the Huskies to hold BSU out of the end zone. Some key contributions there from Erick Lobos, who played some at DT in place of Wilson Afoa, and Trenton Tuiasosopo, who made a nice stop of Ian Johnson on second-and-goal from the four.
GUTTY DRIVE BY BRONCOS — Say what you want about Boise State, but those were two gutty fourth-down calls (and exection of the plays) to get down to the 4-yard-line here. UW still leads 24-7 with 1:34 left and BSU facing third-and-goal on the four. This is a big time of the game as Boise will get the ball to start the second half.
PLAYMAKERS EMERGING — This is what the Huskies haven’t had the last few years — playmakers. First, Gunheim stops the drive, then Marcel Reece makes the huge catch and run, busting through the tackle of Boise State’s Marty Tadman and Austin Smith. Right now, this looks like a Pac-10 team beating up on a WAC team.
GUNHEIM MAKES HUGE PLAY — Huskies fooled the Broncos there by dropping Gunheim into coverage. It was beginning to look like BSU’s offense was starting to wear down the Huskies a bit, but UW came up with another big play.
— Huskies take 17-7 lead on Perkins field goal — That was the first career field goal for Ryan Perkins. Two things of note there — Habben appears to be having some trouble, and Locker made a great play on the third-down slant, picking up the blitz and hitting Corey Williams in stride. Might have been Locker’s best pass as a Husky.
HUSKIES UP 14-7 AT END FIRST QUARTER
— Now we’ll see how UW handles adversity. Boise is obviously targeting Vonzell McDowell Jr. in a big way and he is going to have to respond. Or maybe the Huskies go with Davenport there.
— The Huskies just out-Boised Boisie State right there with the Louis Rankin TD pass to Quintin Daniels. That looks like the same play we saw in the spring game. Huskies are now up 14-0 and at the moment all is right on Montlake. Cody Habben played left tackle on that series rotating with Ben Ossai, who played the first two series.
— Huskies finally stopped — Other than a drive ending at the half at Syracuse, UW had scored TDs on six straight drives with Locker at QB before being stopped there, dating to the first quarter of the Syracuse game. Looks like UW is using the two-back set out of the shotgun a lot more this week.
— Huskies stop BSU on first drive — Byron Davenport was in on the nickel defense there, taking the place of Nate Williams in that role this week. He made the tackle on his first play. Trenton Tuiasosopo got the start at MLB.
— UW up 7-0 —- What an amazing start for the Huskies. Locker had four carries for 46 yards on the drive. You’ll notice that in the short-yardage situations they ran behind the right side every time, which is where Casey Bulyca and Chad Macklin are playing guard and tackle.
— It’s 65 degrees at game time.
The game captains for UW are Greyson Gunheim, Marcel Reece, Anthony Russo and Daniel Te’o Neshiem.
UW won the toss and decided to receive.
12:30 p.m. — As we did last week, we’ll leave this one post open as a running game thread throughout the contest. The thoughts, notes, etc., that I have I will just add to the top of this, moving the other stuff down.
So feel free to add your own comments here as the game unfolds.

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