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October 13, 2007 at 7:02 PM

ASU game thread

SO WHERE TO NOW? — I laid out Friday why I thought this was such a huge game for the Huskies. Now that it appears over, I don’t want to rewrite all of that, but I think this is a real “on the brink” kind of moment for this team now. With Oregon on tap next week, this season could get away in a hurry.
I’m heading down to the locker room now but I’ll have more after the game.
FWIW — UW has now been outscored 56-0 in the third quarter of its last five games.
COMPUTER TROUBLES — Couldn’t post there for a while with computer troubles and now I’, facing some big-time deadlines, so I may not have much on here for a while.
UH OH TRIPLED — Herring’s 76-yard run is bringing back lots of nightmares for UW fans, I’m sure. I had another note ready to go and couldn’t even get it out before Herring raced down the sideline. The season may be on the brink now.
UH OH SQUARED — So now this is really eerie as the third-quarter trends continue for both of these teams. Dmitri Nance runs 57 yards for a TD through a Husky defense that may be beginning to wear down. Nance ran right through the tackle of UW linebacker Dan Howell on that play, so youth, inexperience, etc., can’t be the excuse there.
HUSKIES GET BALL BACK — UW needed to get a stop there, and it did. Now it needs to move the ball, with good field position at its own 36 and 8:27 to go. Trenton Tuiasosopo was back in at MLB on that last drive.
UH OH — So that was as bad a start to the third quarter as UW could have feared with Locker fumbling on the first possession and ASU turning it into a TD on the 17-yard pass from 21-yard pass from Carpenter to Rudy Burgess. It is now 20-17 ASU, which is the fifth lead change of the game. The TD came on third-and-13.
HUGE THIRD QUARTER — Just to set this up — ASU has outscored its foes 61-17 in the third quarter this year while UW has been outscored 35-21.
HALFTIME NOTES — Some notable halftime stats:
— Rankin has 68 yards on seven carries, which is more yards than he has had in any game since the opener at Syracuse.
— UW has 120 yards rushing overall, its best half since the Syracuse game. UW hasn’t had more than 142 in any game since the opener.
— Punter Jared Ballman continues to do a nice job with an average of 46.5 yards on two kicks.
— Davenport leads UW with seven tackles while Savannah has six, having a decent game after not getting the start.
— ASU is 3-3 on fourth-down conversions and all have come in drives that concluded in points.
— Also, we have seen more use of reserves in this game with the likes of Hasty, Darrion Jones and White-Frisbee seeing some significant action.
INTERESTING WILLINGHAM COMMENT — Any of you listening to the radio broadcast heard Elise Woodward ask Willingham about UW having been outscored in the third quarter this year. Willingham cut her off and said “we’ve been outscored in the third quarter in certain games and this is not that game.”
UW LEADS 17-13 AT THE HALF — A good half for the Huskies to take the lead on ASU, and UW will get the ball to start the third quarter.
HALFTIME STATS — Here’s a good site to keep up on the stats of the game.
Could be another good bend-but-don’t-break half for UW as the Huskies have allowed 235 yards but possibly only 10 or 13 points.
HUGE TURNAROUND FOR UW — Well how about that change of momentum? Darin Harris with the interception and Locker with the amazing 32-yard run that showed just how fast and powerful he is. Darrion Jones made an appearance at E. end on the play on which Harris got the interception.
HUSKIES TIE IT AT 10 — A good drive ended in somewhat disappointing fashion as the Huskies had to settle for a 24-yard field goal there. That was 73 yards in 12 plays keyed by the 38-yard run by Rankin, the longest for UW since the Boise State.
TORAIN OUT — ASU RB Ryan Torain has been taken to the locker room with some kind of foot or toe injury.
ASU TAKES 10-7 LEAD — That was an 11-play, 71-yard drive for ASU to take a 10-7 lead, keyed by the shotput pass by Carpenter on fourth down. UW had been bringing more pressure, but got burned by it on that third-and-11 early in the drive. We’ll see if they keep bringing it now.
HUSKIES LEAD 7-3 TO END FIRST QUARTER — A solid start for the Huskies, though we’ve seen that before.
Also saw a few things we haven’t seen before — J.R. Hasty got his first significant carry for UW, and on the last play of the quarter, lined up in the backfield alongside Louis Rankin, a new look for the Huskies. UW appears to be playing with some fire, evidenced by the hit Mesphin Forrester put on the ASU receiver on that last possession, and Savannah’s tackle on Ryan Torain a play later. The Huskies are also bringing some pressure, blitzing probably 4-5 times in that quarter.
SAVANNAH BACK IN — He’s back in the lineup on the second drive.
GREAT START FOR HUSKIES — Couldn’t ask for a better start for the offense as Louis Rankin got some good yards running and then the obvious nice pass from Locker to Reece.
JWF STARTS AT GUARD — Jordan White-Frisbee is starting at right guard in place of Casey Bulyca.
BIG BREAK FOR HUSKIES — ASU takes a 3-0 lead but it could have been worse, obviously, if not for that holding penalty. Those who thought penalites might play a key role in this game look good so far. Also, UW showed some aggression with the corner blitz resulting in the first sack as a Husky for Byron Davenport.
SAVANNAH NOT PLAYING — Savannah doesn’t appear to be in the lineup at all as walk-on Josh Gage was in on the nickel defense. A UW spokesman said there is no explanation for Savannah’s absence.
FOSTER STARTS FOR SAVANNAH — True frosh Mason Foster has started at one LB spot for E.J. Savannah.
GAME CAPTAINS — UW’s game captains are Juan Garcia, Paul Homer, Dan Howell and Jordan Reffett. It’s the third straight week for Reffett, and fourth overall, and the third time this season for both Garcia and Howell. It’s the first for Homer
The temperature is 77 with the humidity at 27 percent and a four MPH wind.
PRE-GAME
I’ll start the game thread here, with the game clock having just ticked past the 20-minute mark.
The Huskies are just leaving the field after pre-game warmups. Hard to tell who was the No. 2 TB as they all appeared to be getting a turn there.
Also, seemed as if the QBs were doing more practicing throwing on the run, something that was an emphasis for Jake Locker during the bye week.
I’ll check in as often as I can during the game, but these late-night starts also mean I have to do a lot of writing for the paper while the game is going on, so I’ll do what I can.

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