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September 9, 2007 at 9:23 AM

The day after

It’s a beautiful Sunday here in Seattle. So nice that I intend to spend most of it outside, so I’ll try to post a couple quick things and then may not be around for much of the day.
First, here’s our coverage from today.
Here’s our game story, our notebook, Steve Kelley’s column on Jake Locker, Jerry Brewer’s column on how UW handles success, and Percy Allen’s look at the view from Boisie State.
Here, also, is the game story from The Idaho Statesman and a column from that paper that says youth was much to blame for BSU’s problems Saturday.
One comment on the game story. A reader sent me a note saying I gave Locker too much credit in writing that he made the plays that won the game. Despite how sluggish he looked at times, I do think that’s true. Certainly, the defense was the major reason the team won, and I noted that in the story. But I’m not sure UW wins that game if Locker isn’t playing QB Saturday, either.
That first scoring drive, which put Boise State on its heels, was due almost solely to his legs, and the plays looked fairly well defended, with Locker simply beating some guys to the corner. His passing numbers weren’t great, but he had at least five dropped, and he made two perfect throws to Marcel Reece to set up two other scores. The Huskies had little other offense all day. They got almost nothing out of the conventional running game (the running backs had 55 yards on 25 carries) and I didn’t notice a bunch of open receivers out there that Locker was missing. As some feared, it looked like the receivers had some trouble getting off the line of scrimmage.. The defense played great, but Locker was the better of the two QBs out there, as well.
ON THE THREE-MAN RUSH: One note that didn’t make it in the paper concerned UW’s use of a three–man rush on many occassions, dropping eight into coverage.
UW defensive coordinator Kent Baer said the Huskies used the three-man rush “trying to help our young guys (in the secondary) a little bit and keep the ball in front of us. We only gave up one big play. Other than that, it was a pretty good football game.”
WILL UW BE RANKED?: We’ll know soon enough (and you’ll be able to find the rankings here). But just looking at the numbers I’d have to say no.
WHOOPS (correcting the earlier version) — Ranked teams that lost Saturday were Boise State, No. 9 Va. Tech to No. 2 LSU, No. 11 Georgia to South Carolina, No. 17 Auburn to South Florida and No. 19 TCU to Texas.
So even if you think they deserve it, I’m not sure there’s room for the Huskies yet. Both Oregon and Arizona State were unranked a week ago but with more votes than UW and based on what they did yesterday, I’d imagine they’d each still have more votes than UW, with the Ducks likely to get in.

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