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September 12, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Idaho game thread

A FEW POST-GAME NOTES — Huskies who officially saw their first action today were Crichton, Savant, Long, Wallace, Ikehara, Boyce, Gobern and Shugert.
And Locker for the season is now exactly at the 60 percent mark. He is 42-70 for 574 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. His pass efficiency rating is 149.59. last year he was 103.6.
KEEPING EJ FRESH — One personnel note to clarify is that coaches said later that Savannah was rotated with Dennison just to keep E.J. fresh. It obviously was hot and they wanted to try to keep guys as fresh as possible. They also said Dennison has been playing so well that he deserves some playing time.
A COUPLE QUICK QUOTES: Obviouisly a happy aftermath to this one as the Huskies get the win.
As he left the media area, Sarkisian turned to the reporters and said “you guys get to write something positive. How does that feel?”
Earlier, he talked of how winning did feel for his team.
“This is how it’s supposed to be,” he said. “We are supposed to come in here and answer all the questions of why we won and how we won and what it took. It’s obviously a jubilant locker room. These kids have worked long and hard since the first day I’ve been here the last nine months. These kids have given us everything we could have asked of them and I’m happy for them they get to reap the rewards and benefits of winning.”
“They put forth a great effort againt an Idaho team that came ready to play and had a great plan offensively, so it’s exciting. The kids deserve it and hopefully this is the first of many.”
— De’Shon Matthews is the only injury that could be serious as he hurt his knee.
— David Batts didn’t suit up because he was ill.
IT’S A 42-23 WIN FOR THE HUSKIES — The streak is over. Here’s my running gamer that has some details.
Sark got a Gatorade bath with seven seconds left and for the first time in 22 months, the team got to sign the fight song with the students — all the trappings of victory.
The next one, however, won’t be as easy.
I’ll have more notes and quotes later.
HUSKIES WIN — More later.
LOCKER STILL AT QB — While Idaho has taken out its starter, Locker remains at QB for the Huskies as they take over, ahead 42-16 with under eight minutes to play. Curtis Shaw is now in the game as is Drew Schaefer.
ATTENDANCE TODAY — Announced at 58,980.
HUSKIES TALLY ANOTHER TD — Huskies take a 42-16 lead with 9:15 to play on a 11-play 57-yard drive. It was capped by a 2-yard Fogerson run out of a three-TE set on which Dorson Boyce was also on the field alongside Middleton and Izbicki.UW has 357 yards, a much more efficient points-per-yards total than last week.
IDAHO DRIVE STALLS — Foster looks like the defensive player of the game, batting away a fourth-down pass to Idaho tight end Kevin Small as Idaho had the ball at the Husky 43. UW still leads 35-16 and now has the ball.
UW LEADS 35-16 END OF THIRD QUARTER — But Idaho has the ball again and is moving. Vandals actually have more yards than UW at the moment, 318-300, with 279 through the air. A score on this drive and UW will have to keep playing it straight up.
Marques Tuiasosopo has just received a loud ovation being introduced as the Husky Legend.
IDAHO SCORES — A 4-yard TD run by former Cougar DeMaundray Woolridge cuts UW’s lead to 35-16.
Also, I just noticed that David Batts is not in uniform today. Not sure why. He’s on the sidelines but not in pads.
HUSKIES SCORE AGAIN — A short field leads to a two-play, 36-yard drive and this is now a rout as the Huskies have a 35-9 lead. Locker hit Chris Izbicki for a 2-yard TD after Jermaine Kearse had leaped high for a 34-yard reception on the play before.
UW has now had five possessions and has five TDs, other than the fumbled kickoff.
Ikehara was at LG sted of Christine again on that drive.
UI THREE-AND-OUT — Huskies force a punt on Idaho’s next possession and are beginning to take control. interesting D-line on that drive as it was Tokolahi and Elisara at tackles and DTN and Crichton at ends.
Also, Greg Walker has not played any safety so far but he is playing, as he was on that last punt return unit.
HUSKIES CASH IN — Four plays and UW has another TD this on a one-yard run by Chris Polk. UW leads 28-9 with 12:11 to go and the Huskies are beginning to separate themselves. Now the coaches will want to see some continued good defense.
UW STRIKES BACK — Foster intercepts a third-down pass and returns it 56 yards to the Idaho 21 to not only end the drive but really change the momentum.
SHAW FUMBLES SECOND HALF KICKOFF — In his first action of any type this season, Curtis Shaw got the opening kickoff and fumbled it after being hit at the 30. Idaho has recovered and can make this a game with a score.
SOME HALFTIME STATS — Total yards — UW 246, Idaho 221.
Locker is 12-17 for 183 yards, Enderle 16-22 for 202 for Idaho.
No UW WR has more than two catches. Goodwin is 2-63, Johnson 2-38, Fogerson 2-35 and Middleton 2-13.
Butler and Savannah lead UW in tackles with five.
Just one punt so far, by Idaho after its first possession, though the Vandals moved on that one before suffering three straight penalties.
DL SHAKEUP — If you noticed, the Huskies made some significant moves on the defensive line on that last drive with both Pulu and Crichton at ends, moving DTN inside. Obviously trying whatever they can to get a pass rush.
UW UP 21-9 AT THE HALF — Another long Idaho drive ends in a field goal, this time as the Vandals ran out of time after getting to the 17 despite having two time outs left. So UW has the lead, though some worries about its defense.
Sarkisian said on his halftime radio comments that “we’ve got to pressure the quarterback better than we are” and also said there are some miscommunication problems in the secondary.
He also said he likes the way Locker is playing and thinks the run game will get going. “We’ve just got to keep plugging away at it.”
HUSKIES TAKE 21-6 LEAD — A 31-yard pass from Locker to James Johnson has UW ahead 21-6 with 1:31 to play in the first half. The score came on third-and-one and the Huskies perfectly executed a play-action as Johnson sped behind the defense and Locker lofted a perfect pass. He now has 183 passing yards. UW is now 7-8 on third-down conversions.
IKEHARA IN GAME — He sees his first career action playing left guarrd.
JORDAN WALLACE SEES ACTION — Wallace was on the kickoff return team on that last play so he is also now a playing true freshman. That’s now six.
IDAHO MOVES, BUT HELD AGAIN TO A FG — Farquhar hits a 28 yarder to make it 14-6 with 6:16 to play. Idaho moved 66 yards in 10 plays doing a nice job hitting the TD in the open spots of the zone. But after getting to the 10 the drive stalled, with Te’o-Nesheim getting a sack on third down to stop the drive.
LOCKER’S STATS — The guy who thought it might be time to pull the plug on Locker won’t like these numbers as he is 10-14 for 149 yards with one TD passing and also has another one rushing with 10:47 to play in the first half.
UW TAKES 14-3 LEAD — The Huskies have scored again on a 24-yard pass from Locker to Johri Fogerson. Locker read the blitz and hit Fogerson out of the backfield and he scooted through the open hole in the defense for the TD.
It was nine play, 71-yard drive in 4:20. UW now has 185 yards of total offense (having to retrace some ground due to penalties on that last drive).
FIRST QUARTER ENDS — UW is ahead 7-3 and has the ball at its own 42. UW has a 112-109 yardage advantage as the Vandals have moved the ball but killed themselves witih seven penalties.
IDAHO ON THE BOARD — The Vandals get a 44-yard field goal to make it 7-3 with 13 seconds to go after a third-down pass fell incomplete.
DENNISON FOR SAVANNAH — Cort Dennison also came in for Savannah, who appears healthy. Looks like the coaches are doing a lot of subbing based on performance today.
IDAHO KILLING ITSELF WITH PENALTIES — Idaho drove to UW’s 17 but two more penalties forced a second-and-30. Idaho had a 33-yard completion to get to the 17 and UW coaches seemed perturbed at Talia Crichton, who had just entered the game. He immediately was removed in favor of Kalani Aldrich.
De’Shon Matthews just left the field with some sort of foot/leg injury.
A LOT OF VARIETY ON THAT DRIVE — I counted nine plays under center on that drive, five from the shotgun. There were I-back sets and empty five-receiver sets, as this is an offense that is looking like it’s not quite as easy to describe as just saying it’s pro-style.
Also Romeo Savant saw his first career action on the PAT.
TOUCHDOWN WASHINGTON — Locker completes a 97-yard drive with a 3-yard run for the TD to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead at the 6:24 mark. UW had 14 plays and used 5:27.
UW HOLDS — Idaho gets 34 yards but only one first down due to the penalties. But after a good punt, UW takes over at its own 3.
THREE STRAIGHT FLAGS ON IDAHO — After an initial first down, Idaho has a delay of game and two holdings and now facing first and 35.
GLENN STARTS AT SAFETY — Just to make clear, Justin Glenn is starting at safety for UW today alongside Nate Williams.
REF TODAY — The head ref today is Brian O’Cain. UW fans may remember him as the ref in the USC game in 2006 when the Huskis couldn’t get a snap off in the final two seconds with a chance to win.
UW WINS TOSS, DEFERS — 74 degrees at kickoff. And sunny.
PRICE, POE SCOUT TEAM CAPTAINS — Along with the regular four captains today, Keith Price and T.J. Poe are also walking out, apparently having earned the honor of scout team captains for this week.
LOTS OF EMPTY SEATS — An earlier start and the weather may make this a late-arriving crowd. At the moment, though, lots of empty seats, especially in the horseshoe and the upper reaches of the second deck.
TEAMS OFF THE FIELD — The teams have returned to the locker room as we hit the 18-minute mark. We’re told the rest of the lineup is likely as advertised other than the safety spot, which as I wrote earlier, looks like it’s going to Justin Glenn. UW coaches weren’t thrilled with Victor Aiyewa stopping about halfway on a called blitz on what was LSU’s last touchdown last week. That’s the one where Jefferson rolled and hit LaFell in the end zone.
PRE-GAME SIREN BLOWS — The pre-game siren has just blown at the 22:30 mark for everyone to get in their seats.
WITHER STANFORD? —Well, I’ve been touting the Cardinal as an improved team this year. But the Cardinal blew a 14-point lead to lose to Wake today. So that looks a lot more like another one the Huskies can win.
PRE-GAME — A nice, sunny day at the stadium, though a lot fewer people here as we near the 30-minute mark before kickoff.
As the team goes through its paces in the warmup, it looks like Justin Glenn will be the starting free safety with Nate Williams at strong. Vonzell McDowell appears to be the other starting cornerback.



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