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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

December 6, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Cal game thread

SIGNING OFF FOR NOW — About time to head down to the field and there’s not much to say anyway other than that it’s nice to see Taylor Bean running around and doing some things. So I’m signing off until after the game.
HUSKIES AVOID SHUTOUT — UW has gotten on the board with a 2-yard run by Taylor Bean to avoid the shutout. It’s 45-7 with 2:50 to go in the third quarter.
IT’S EMBARRASSING NOW — Assuming anyone readinig this is now watching the UCLA game. Tell me how it goes. Best has 311 rushing yards, the fourth-best performance in Pac-10 history in only about 35 minutes of game action. He can get 400 if the Bears want him to. We’ll see how Tedford plays that, the only interesting thing left about this game.
CAL’S BEST HAS 269 YARDS — After an 84-yard TD run Best is threatening to set a bunch of records. The all-time record against UW is 322 by UCLA’s Maurice Drew in 2004.
FOUCH OUT FOR REST OF GAME — Fouch has been declared out for the rest of the game with a concussion suffered on the hard hit midway through the second quarter.
CAL NOW UP 31-0 — A 28 second, 89-yard drive gives the Bears another touchdown. Cal has 325 yards to 58 for the Huskies. Cal’s Jahvid Best has 186 yards and three TDs in the ffirst half on 15 carries.
BRUNS NOW 42 — One question a lot of people asked this year was what would happen if Bean had to play with Cody Bruns also wearing No. 7. Answer turned out to be that Bruns will wear No. 42 now.
BEAN NOW IN AT QB — Fouch is out of the game after his helmet hit the turf when he was hit hard by Cal LB Worrell Williams, who got a personal foul. Taylor Bean came on and threw an interception to stop the drive, UW’s fourth turnover of the game.
ROUT NOW OFFICIALLY ON — Cal is now ahead 24-0 after a 20-yard run by Best with exactly seven minutes to play in the second quarter.
FOUCH THREE TURNOVERS — Fouch has just thrown an interception and now has three turnovers having also lost two fumbles.
ANNOUNCEMENT ON SARKISIAN AFTER THE GAME? — One rumor making the rounds is that there could be an official announcement of the Sarkisian hire after both the UW and USC games are complete today.
ROUT MAY BE ON NOW — After Thompson’s 44-yard punt return Cal easily puts it in the end zone on a 1-yard run by Best to take a 17-0 lead with 8:57 to go. And now it could start getting ugly.
HUSKIES CONTINUE TO SHOW SOME FIGHT — UW stops the Bears after another Fouch fumble, forcing a punt, and UW is showing a little more spark than it looked like they might when it was 10-0. During the last time out, Quinton Richardson jumped into the huddle of the offense players giving what appeared to be a spirited pep talk. UW’s offense has just 19 yards.
TUI ALSO ON THE SIDELINE — Marques Tuiasosopo is also on the UW sideline, standing next to Kaufman.
FIRST QUARTER ENDS 10-0 — Cal has a 142-28 edge in yards as the first quarter ends but UW has its deepest penetration at the Cal 45. UW ends the season being outscored 120-27 in the first quarter, what will likely be its widest disparity in any quarter this season barring Cal scoring 30 points in the third quarter or something.
CAL UP 10-0 — After a Fouch fumble, Cal kicks a field goal to take a 10-0 lead with 1:22 to go in the quarter.
HUSKIES SHOW SOME FIGHT — Cal has a 136-16 edge in yards. But Cal leads just 7-0 after missing a 30-yard field goal. UW held Cal out of the end zone thanks in part to a big hit by LBs Donaald Butler and Trenton Tuiasosopo on Cal’s Tad Smith. Smith was down for several minutes before walking off the field. But that was as fierce a hit as UW has laid on an offense all season.
KAUFMAN ON THE SIDELINES — Former star RB Napoleon Kaufman is standing on the UW sideline. He is a pastor in the area now after retiring from the NFL.
DEFENSIVE CHANGES — Johri Fogerson, Everrette Thompson and Chris Stevens are all in the starting defense for UW. So is Mesphin Forrester, who had been listed as questionable with an ankle injury. But Forrester made it clear during the week he wanted to play. This is his last game, as is the case for all the seniors, and Cal holds some meaning as this is where his older brother played.
CAL UP 7-0 — Uh oh. Suddenly, this looks like it really could be as bad as feared as Jahvid Best rushes 60 yards for a TD on a simple off-tackle play to put the Bears ahead 7-0 with 12:40 to go in tthe first quarter.
HUSKIES ELECT TO RECEIVE — Doesn’t seem like UW has done that too often this season, if at all. It didn’t pay off as UW went three and out on its first drive.
UW’S CAPTAINS TODAY — Juan Garcia, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Chris Stevens and Michael Gottlieb.
PRE-GAME — About a half-hour to kickoff and it is about as beautiful a sunny day as could be in Berkeley. The weather could turn out to be the highlight of the day here.
A couple of other quick notes:
— It’s strictly a rumor at this stage, but rumor is that Steve Sarkisian will get a salary in the $1.85 million a year range. If true, that’s obviously a little down from the $2.5 million or so it was thought the Huskies were willing to pay. Willingham is making about $1.6 million.
— The travel roster for today’s game is the exact same as the Apple Cup except that Brandon Johnson is not here and DL Jovon O’Connor is.

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