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September 18, 2007 at 7:53 AM

Tuesday morning notes

First, a few links:
— Here’s our main story focusing on Jake Locker and his vow to improve from the mistakes made against Ohio State. I realize it’s the second straight day I’ve written about Locker, but he’s such an important part of the team that he’s hard to ignore. There is also the simple logistics of it that he is now available to the media only on Monday, making Tuesday a logical day to write about him most of the time.
— Here’s our notebook centering on everyone else’s reflections of what happened against Ohio State, with the general theme that the team simply made too many mistakes. In fact, the players all said virtually the same thing making one wonder if they hadn’t been handed a talking points memo before coming to the luncheon.
— Here’s a column from the LA Daily News calling this weekend a turning point for coach Karl Dorrell and his program.
— There’s also this from the Daily News on a team meeting held by the Bruins in the aftermath of the loss to Utah.
— Here’s the LA Times weighing in on the Bruins’ attempts to regroup.
— More bad news for Arizona as four players were arrested on alcohol-related charges and indefinitely suspended from the team. As the story notes, however, none are key players, none having yet to play in a game this season.
I finally got a chance to watch the replay last night and had a few thoughts:
— The second of the two Paul Homer up the middle runs that preceded the ill-fated shovel pass looks as if it was supposed to go to Louis Rankin. UW coaches say there was a personnel mixup on the play and that someone else was supposed to get the ball, and you can clearly see Rankin run off the field at the last minute in what appears to be some confusion. UW then lined up in the one-back shotgun set that often features just Rankin.
— There’s no way the officials should have missed that facemask on Jake Locker on that fourth-down play on the first drive of the third quarter. However, I don’t think the OSU player was being dirty. It was fourth-and-one and my initial reaction was simply that he was trying to pull Locker back behind the line since the play was so close. Also, OSU was actually called for a personal foul late-hit penalty two plays later on a play that didn’t seem anywhere near as severe, so in a way, the Huskies still got the yards they had missed out on.
— For all that we made of UW dropping two interceptions, so did Ohio State. Which also makes the point that for all we made of how if the Huskies had just done “this, this and this” and they could have won, Ohio State could probably say if it had just done “this, this and this” it might have had a much easier time. The penalty on the fourth-and-one that Ohio State picked up, for instance. OSU would almost certainly have gone ahead 10-0 there. Instead, after missing the FG, the Huskies then drove to take a 7-3 halftime lead. Ohio State had 10 penalties, at least half of which seemed to kill drives.
— The fumble/backwards pass by Todd Boeckman did appear to me to go backwards. But you do also plainly see the official waving incomplete pass almost as the ball hits the ground, stopping the play. As UW coach Tyrone Willingham said, “that’s a bang-bang play” and I’m not sure what you do about that after the fact since it’s not reviewable.
— As some of you pointed out, it wasn’t Jack Arute’s best day by a long shot. Did any of you notice that Arute said to begin the third quarter that he heard Willingham talk to his team at halftime and he told them that “this is why you travel halfway across the country to play a top 10 team.” Again, that’s Arute talking about the Huskies. And his “fish-catching” thing was ridiculous and as some of you pointed out, came right after the long pass play that put OSU ahead, detracting from the announcers being able to comment on what was clearly the turning point of the game.
— UW got no favors from alum-turned-analyst Ed Cunningham, however. I think Cunningham’s really good, and he couldn’t have been more fair, taking UW to task on many occassions, especially for the clock management to end the first half. Willingham said Monday that the Huskies didn’t use more of their timeouts there because they wanted to score and prevent OSU from having time for another possession.
— On review, I thought the UW front four on defense got pushed around more than I had watching it live. That’s probably the most disturbing part of the whole game since that was a matchup that seemed like it could be favorable to the Huskies going in (you figured Ohio State would have a lot of edges on defense).



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