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November 3, 2007 at 3:03 PM

Stanford game thread

HAPPY DAY? — Looks like UW is going to win this one. I now have other duties for a while but I’ll be back after the game with grades (passing today, to be sure) and other news and notes.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOT LIGHTING IT UP — Perkins’ missed FG there marks a day that hasn’t been the greatest for the special teams.
RANKIN HITS 200 — He’s the first UW RB to get to that mark since James Sims had 200 at Arizona 2005.
HUSKIES IN CONTROL NOW — Think I’m safe in saying that this time as UW has a 20-9 lead and now holds Stanford, which has shown no consistent ability to move the ball. Greyson Gunheim got a sack on that drive as the defensive front is dominating.
RANKIN RUNNING WILD — Rankin now has 190 yards on 21 carries and has the Huskies on the verge of another score. That’s a career-high yardage total and comes in front of a lot of family and friends who made the drive from nearby Stockton.
STANFORD COMES RIGHT BACK — The Cardinal continues to do some favors for the Huskies, dropping the snap on the extra point to leave this a four-point game. This feels like a big drive for UW given the way the season has gone.
UW PULLING AWAY —- Okay, I won’t write that the Huskies are beginning to turn it into a rout or anything after last week. But this is definitely trending UW’s way as the Huskies now lead 13-3 and continue to dominate the stats in every way.
JORDAN MURCHISON SIGHTING — Murchison is on the field in the nickel defense with about eight minutes to go, his first play as a Husky. It’s a good one as Stanford is called for holding.
JOHNIE KIRTON SIGHTING — Johnie Kirton gets his first catch of the year in the ninth game of the season, converting a third-and-eight with a 10-yard catch.
NICE START FOR HUSKIES — UW couldn’t have asked for a better start to the second half. Two sacks on that drive, including one by E.J. Savannah on a third-down blitz to end the drive. That was the first career sack for Savannah.
BALLMAN GETS THE CATCH — That was Jared Ballman attemtping the 47-yard field goal as the half ended, his first FG try as a Husky. But he missed it wide right. Not sure if something is wrong with Ryan Perkins or if it was just decided that Ballman, who handles kickoffs, simply has the stronger leg, which is more likely.
WILLINGHAM SAYS IT WAS A CATCH: Willingham said in his halftime radio interview he thought Russo caught the ball on that TD that was overturned, saying “he had ball, step, step, fall and then the ball comes out, so that should constitute a catch.”
Willingham also talked of how well UW is running — the Huskies have 178 yards rushing — saying “we’ve just got to keep that moving and not self-destruct like we have a couple times.”
He also said the defense is using “our whole package, and we’ve made sure we have a lot of variety and mix it up where we come after them. Just kept them off balance.”
HUSKIES BLOW GOLDEN CHANCE THERE: I was just about to write about UW pulling away from Stanford, and how they are dominating, when that call was reversed, and now Jared Ballman misses the first field goal attempt of his Husky career. UW has 303 yards to just 145 for Stanford, but just a 10-3 lead. And now comes the always troublesome second half.
HUSKIES MAKE A STAND — Impressive defense by UW there and while it’s tempting to say the Huskies caught a big break with that fumble, it was a great play by Trenton Tuiasosopo to stop the runner and set up the play.
SOME NEW FACES — White-Frisbee was in at RG on that last drive and now Elisara is playing with UW ahead 10-3.
STANFORD GETS A FG — Harbaugh’s honeymoon may be wearing out. The crowd, such as it is, let out a few boos when he sent in the FG kicker on fourth-and-one. Stanford got the kick to cut the lead to 7-3.
LOCKER BREAKS RECORD — Locker now has 708 rushing yards to break the school record for rushing yards in a season by a QB. Dennis Fitzpatrick held the mark with 697 in 1974.
UW TAKES 7-0 LEAD — The offense is doing its part, driving 98 yards for a TD with Locker running in from 17 yards out for the score. Louis Rankin is having his best game since the opener, with 79 yards on seven carries.
NO ATMOSPHERE — There may be 20,000 fans at best and this about the quietest college football game I’ve ever attended. So far, two teams making a lot of mistakes. Notice some of the Husky OLs appear to have new mohawks.
UW ESCAPES — Stanford put together a 57-yard drive there but it results in nothing as the Cardinal misfires on a third-down pass then misses a 32-yard FG.
Stanford got 53 yards rushing but UW also held them to no gain on the first two carries after the long run got them close.
GAME STARTS — Kind of sloppy start for UW with an overthrow of a potential TD and then a Corey Williams drop on third down to kill the drive. Now comes the defense.
UW’S PRE-GAME CAPTAINS — Jordan Reffett, Anthony Russo, Louis Rankin, Greyson Gunheim.
There’s 34 minutes to kick off as I write this, so we’ll start the running thread here.
I just walked around the stadium and this is a nice place. The sightlines are incredible — not sure you can be much closer to the action. One tricky thing here could be the shadows — about a third of the field is in shadows and the rest in bright sunlight as the team grows through warmups.
Looking at the team go through warmups, looks like E.J. Savannah is back in the starting lineup. Also looks like Curtis Shaw is getting some reps at receiver — maybe a position change during the week. Also appears as if Cody Habben may be starting. And Jordan Murchison is working with the second team at CB, possibly indicating he’s going to play some this week.
Erick Lobos also appears to be starting at DT for the injured Wilson Afoa (shoulder). Afoa is working with the second team.

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