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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 15, 2007 at 12:13 PM

Kickoff coming

YOUTH SERVED — But maybe unpleasantly for the Huskies a little today.
With about nine minutes left, Ohio State seems in control and we’ll now have to step away from the blog to get down to the field to do post-game interviews, etc.
We’ll have much more later.
SLIPPING AWAY — UW gets stopped there and the Huskies now have just seven points in their last five-plus quarters.
OSU LEADS 20-7 — At least the Huskies kept it within two scores. OSU now has a 355-287 edge in yards. Locker has accounted for 251 of those yards.
END THIRD QUARTER — Starting to slip away a little now. Chris Wells has 122 yards on 21 carries for the Buckeyes.
MOSLEY IN — Matt Mosley is now in for McDowell at CB and the lack of depth there is beginning to take its toll.
LOCKER GOES PAST 100 MARK — Locker now has 102 yards rushing on 14 carries. But as I write this, he also has his second interception.
UW GOES THREE AND OUT — And I’m sure some of you may be wondering why the Huskies threw three straight times on that series after OSU took a 17-7 lead. Seems like UW got away from its game a little bit there, though the first-down penalty obviously forced the issue a little bit.
OUCH — A really big swing there. Now we’ll see how the Huskies react. As Curtis Shaw fumbled, I was reminded of Tim Lappano’s comment about being reluctant to play the true freshmen over worries of fumbling.
BIG SWING THERE — You knew that would happen someday, that a team would figure out a way to try to take advantage of Vonzell McDowell Jr. Ohio State finally did, and compounded with UW’s missed field goal on the other end, the Buckeyes now have the lead. There can be little doubt how big a game this is to the OSU judging by the reaction of coaches and players to what is going on, ala Tressel’s leaping up and down after the blocked field goal. The Huskies are getting OSU’s best shot.
THIRD-LARGEST ATTENDANCE — The attedance today is 74,927, the third-largest in Husky Stadium history.
SECOND HALF BEGINS — If UW scores here, how hard will it be for Ohio State to come back from two scores down?
LOCKER DOING IT ALL — Jake Locker has accounted for 180 of UW’s 204 yards in the first half. He has 69 yards rushing on eight carries and is 10-19 for 111 yards passing.
HUSKIES LEAD 7-3 AT HALF — What a way to into the half for the Huskies. There might have been a lot of questions about the clock management there had UW not scored, but the Huskies got it in there.
Some quick halftime stats:
UW has 204 yards to 177 for Ohio State
Rushing — UW 93, OSU 113
Passing — UW 111, OSU 64
Tyrone Willingham in his halftime interview said that UW has to eliminate the mistakes — penalties, dropped interceptions, etc. “We’ve made quite a few mistakes, we’ve got to really tighten up our game to win this one.”
He also said the Huskies “still have got to find a way to run the football better then try to get some of our passing game going.”
DEFNSE HANGING IN — Taking into account the note below, UW’s defense, it is also worth noting, has allowed just three points in its last almost full game, as well. The defense really needs to come up big here with Ohio State starting at the 42.
UPDATE — Finally a little break with 5:57 left in the first half. UW has now gone more than 60 minutes of football without scoring, having last scored with just over six minutes left in the first half against Boise State.
WOW — A lot of stuff there the Huskies may rue. Lauraitis, however, did make an All-American play on that interception.
PERSONNEL NOTES — So far, Ben Ossai played both possessions at left tackle. Donald Butler started at MLB but Trenton Tuiasosopo has also seen time. Rankin is the only RB to play so far.
3-0 OHIO STATE — The Buckeyes get on the scoreboard but it obviously could have been worse. OSU has 94 yards but just three points. That was a 14-play, 69-yard drive including the penalty on the punt to keep it alive. This feels like a traditional Big Ten game so far.
END FIRST QUARTER — That took about 26 minutes of real time to play 15 minutes of football. Ohio State has 88 yards to UW’s 36, 55 on the ground to UW’s 18, and 33 through the air to UW’s 18. But the most important stat so far is the score of 0-0.
Ohio State is driving, however, and one of UW’s biggest hopes, that OSU QB Todd Boeckman would get rattled by the setting, doesn’t appear true so far. He was calm in beating the blitz on that third down pass to Brian Hartline to pick up the first down two plays ago.
BLOWN OPPORTUNITY? — Depending on how the game turns out, UW fans may rue what happened there as the Huskies had second-and-one at the 31 and ended up with fourth-and-seven at the 37, losing six yards on the third-down lateral to Anthony Russo. UW appeared to have Ohio State off balance there by often first showing to be under center then shifting to a shotgun set.
Luke Kravitz was back as the upback on the punt team there, so he has returned. The rest of the lineup appears as advertised other than Trew starting in place of Howell. Howell strained his knee against Boise State but said on Monday he would be fine and would play and Willingham hadn’t indicated during the week there was any additional issue.
KYLE TREW STARTING — Kyle Trew is starting at stronside linebacker with Dan Howell sidelined with a knee injury apparently worse than was let on.
GAME CAPTAINS — Captains for today are Juan Garcia, Chad Macklin, Roy Lewis and Caesar Rayford.
Okay, we’ll make this the official game thread that I’ll just add on to from here as events warrant.
A few quick things I’m curious to see:
— Can UW establish a non-Jake Locker running game? I think it will be essential today.
— How good is Ohio State’s defense? I’m really anxious to see DE Vernon Gholston, MLB James Laurinaitis and CB Malcom Jenkins, who may be the three best defensive players UW has played so far.
— Will the crowd atmosphere feel like the old days? I remember the 2000 Miami game, and some other pretty raucous atmospheres (1999 Oregon, 2000 Oregon State, 2003 Washington State, etc.). Will today rival those games?
Kickoff is just 11 minutes away.

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