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October 4, 2009 at 9:48 AM

More on the two-point play and Saturday’s starters

I’m actually still in Indiana this morning, helping our coverage of the Colts-Seahawks game today.
But it’s hard not to still have yesterday’s game on the mind, and reading through my e-mails, I see lots of discussion of some of the more controversial plays in the game, particularly Notre Dame’s two-point play. Danny O’Neil of our staff focused on that play in his story.
As for why the play wasn’t reviewed, I have heard no official explanation. They could have reviewed to see if he was down but not for a penalty (here is the explanation of the review policy from the Pac-10 website).
As for whether UW will do anything in terms of a protest or something, I haven’t heard definitively but I would doubt it. I am pretty sure they will file the usual weekly report of the officiating and likely leave it at that (same with the reversal of the Chris Polk TD). Steve Sarkisian said after the game that he didn’t have the greatest view of it so he didn’t really have an opinion on it — he may have more of one tomorrow after watching the film, though my hunch is that he probably won’t make a huge deal out of it. His general posture afterward was that the Huskies had all kinds of chances of their own to win the game and just didn’t do it. I would bet he says similarly Monday. There were also calls that went UW’s way — the rarely-called roughing the snapper penalty that gave UW another first down at the 1. Ultimately, as Sarkisian said afterward, those two series were where the game was decided, where UW could have taken control for good and just didn’t.
The officiating crew was from the Pac-10 and headed by Brian O’Cain, who may be best remembered by UW fans for being the head referee for the 2006 USC game when the clock ran out before the Huskies could get off a final snap to try to win the game. The replay crew was said to be from the Big East.
For what it’s worth, Robert Hughes said he was never down.
“I was just driving,” he said. “I knew there was a pile there that I didn’t want them to stop the play because I still had my feet moving and those guys didn’t really have a hand on me.”
YESTERDAY’S STARTERS — I saw a request for this, so here are the official starters:
OFFENSE
WR James Johnson
LT Ben Ossai
LG Greg Christine
C Ryan Tolar
RG Senio Kelemete
RT Cody Habben
TE Kavario Middleton
QB Jake Locker
TB Chris Polk
WR Jermaine Kearse
WR D’Andre Goodwin
DEFENSE
DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim
DT Amameda Ta’amu
DT Cameron Elisara
DE Talia Crichton
SLB Mason Foster
MLB Donald Butler
WLB Cort Dennison
FS Justin Glenn
SS Nate Williams
CB Quinton Richardson
CB Desmond Trufant
ON MY GRADES — I also see lots of discussion that I was way too forgiving in my grades for yesterday’s game. One person asked if a C is basically good enough to have put the team in position to win the game. The O-line, for instance, obviously had some issues. It also helped UW gain 466 yards by the end of regulation and the Huskies obviously had lots of chances to win. Some of those didn’t go their way because of OL struggles, as I pointed out. But my ultimate take on it is this — who watched last year’s game between Notre Dame and UW in Seattle — when Washington didn’t get past midfield until six minutes were left — and thought ‘hey, a year from now, I bet those two teams go into overtime in South Bend?’ That they did doesn’t equate to a failing effort in my book.
More later.

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