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October 10, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Arizona game thread

STOOPS CALLS IT ‘A FREAK PLAY’: Arizona coach Mike Stoops calleed the Ffoster interception “just a freak play.” He said the play was an “either/or” play and that “that’s our fault for leaving him the option to do that. That falls on me and our coaches. It’s just disappointing.”
WOW — Sorry for being away from the blog for so long but that was really hectic trying to rewrite stories for the web and paper.
The injury report is that Christine suffered a broken fibula and may be done for the year.
Polk’s shoulder sound like popped out, but he went back into the game, obviously.
Savannah and Elisara left with stingers not thought serious, though each has had issues with those before.
AMAZING WIN — I’ll have more later as UW has pulled off a shocking 36-33 win.
RULING IS CONFIRMED — UW has the lead.
UNBELIEVABLE — Huskies appear to have taken the lead on a pass that bounced off the foot of Dean to Mason Foster for an interception return for a TD with 2:37 left. Play is under review.
IT’S NOT OVER YET — A 25-yard pass from Locker to Kavario Middleton has UW within 33-28 with 2:55 to play. It was a six-play 58 yard drive in 1:21.
UA HAS 232-43 EDGE IN SECOND-HALF YARDS — This has been total domination in the second half for the Wildcats.
ELISARA HURT — Cameron Elisara has departed with what looks like a shoulder injury of some sort. And Arizona is also now driving easily down the field with the ball at the Husky 22.
HUSKIES FORCED TO PUNT — UW got one first down but a third-down slant to Kearse went incomplete and UA has the ball back at its own 20 with 11 minutes to play. Wildcats with a chance to end the game here.
YARDS IN SECOND HALF — With 13:20 left to play, UA has a 159-22 edge in yards in the second half. That includes the minus-12 on the Manahn punt attempt which was officially called a rush.
ARIZONA GETS THREE MORE — A critical three points for Arizona to cap a 62-yard drive puts the Wildcats ahead 30-21 with 13:20 to play. That obviously means UW has to score two more times. UW has just 193 yards at the moment but showed life on its last drive. It needs points here.
OFFICIAL ATTENDANCE — It is 61,621.
THIRD-QUARTER ENDS — Arizona leads 27-21 and has the ball at the UW 26 as the quarter ends.
HUSKIES RIGHT BACK IN IT — A Locker play-action pass to a wide-open Aguilar has the Huskies right back in this, now down just 27-21 with 2:04 to play. It was a two-play drive following the long kickoff return and penalty. The TD went 29 yards and was the second passing of the night for Locker and second receiving for Aguilar.
LOCKER 10 CARRIES FOR 90 YARDS — He had just 107 coming in on 49 attempts.
ARIZONA TAKING COMMAND — The Wildcats are taking control as they drive down to score after the bad punt, Foles scoring on a 1-yard run on a bootleg. UW stopped Foles sneaks on first and second down making you think another goal-line stand was at hand. But Foles got in easily on third down. Arizona has an edge in yards for this half of 92 to minus-17. UW has just 154 yards in total offense with 2:52 to play in the third quarter.
SPECIAL TEAMS SUDDENLY A DISASTER — Some really ugly special teams killing UW right now. Richardson dropped the KO to give UW bad field possession and the Huskies couldn’t move. And now a 27-yard punt by Mahan has given Arizona the ball at the Husky 36 with a chance to really take command of the game.
HUSKIES HOLD ‘EM AGAIN — A weird series for UA as they call three pass plays and complete only one and are forced to kick a FG. Zendejes makes it from 23 yards out to make it 20-14 with 9:31 to play. UW appeared to play it conservatively on that series, dropping back into zone coverage after the aggressive blitzing of the last drive. Still, Arizona has 10 quick points to start the second half, but it could have been worse.
HUSKIES FORCED TO PUNT — And it’s a bad result as Mahan drops the snap and after an illegal kick penalty, UA has the ball at the Husky 9.
ARIZONA RETAKES LEAD —- A quick drive for the Wildcats following the 49-yard KO return gives the Wildcats a 17-14 lead with 11:49 to play. The TD came on third down on a nine-yard pass as Savannah jumped offside trying to blitz. The pass went right past Walker, though UA would have had a first down because of the penalty. UW beaten twice for key gains blitzing on that drive, illustrating the problems this team has bringing pressure.
Nick Holt has said the Huskies still have fundamental problems blitzing, such as taking the right angles, and that seemed like more proof there.
WALKER AT SAFETY — Walker starts the second half in place of Fellner.
UA TAKES TIME OUT TO START HALF — Not great organization there.
THOMPSON FOR TA’AMU AT DT — Everrette Thompson is in at DT for Ta’amu to start the second half. He was also in for much of the second quarter.
SARK AT THE HALF — Asked on his halftime radio comments why the Huskies are defending the run so well, Sarkisian said: “The key is we are just doing things right. We are lining up right, getting off blocks and tackling.”
A FEW HALFTIME NUMBERS — Pretty even game statistically as UA has 200 y ards, UW 171. UW has 14 first downs to Arizona’s 10.
But the difference is in how they are doing it — UA has 167 yards passing as Foles is 16-22. But UA has just 40 yards rushing on 14 carries, the reason it was turned away twice on long drives.
UW has 104 yards rushing on 15 carries. 56 of that came on one Locker run so it hasn’t been real consistent — Polk has 15 yards on six carries and hasn’t seemed the same since leaving for a little while with an injury and Bronson has four yards on two carries.
Nwoko leads UA with 23 yards on seven carries as Grigsby also seems a little less than his usual self with a shoulder injury and has just 13 yards on five carries.
Butler and Foster lead UW with five tackles each while Te’o-Nesheim and Richardson have three each.
And Will Mahan has been an unsung star with two punts, each for 47 yards.
HUSKIES LEAD 14-10 AT THE HALF — UW has the lead at the half and a lot of momentum after that goal-line stand. Arizona has a 200-171 edge in yards but UW’s two red zone stops are the key to the game.
And the key to that is that UW is defending the run well, holding Arizona to 40 yards rushing on 14 carries. Huge improvement in that area for UW the last two weeks after the beat-down at Stanford.
LOWER RIGHT LEG INJURY FOR CHRISTINE — That’s the official word.
CART FOR CHRISTINE — Looks like maybe a bad injury for Christine as he is being loaded on a golf cart and offf the field. He motioned to the fans to cheer as he was put on the cart leading to a loud cheer.
CHRISTINE HURT — UW will have to punt one more time here in the half as UA held. Christine is on the ground with an injury with 31 seconds remaining in the half.
HUSKIES TOPPING THE RUN — The goal line play was more evidence how well UW is defending the run tonight. Arizona has just 40 yards on the ground.
UW D COMES UP BIG AGAIN AT GOAL LINE — Nowoko tried to run for it on fourth and one and was stopped by Butler, Te’o-Nesheim and Aiyewa at the goal line. UW still leads 14-10 and has held two UA drives to the 2 to just three points, continuing the bend but don’t break of last week.
THAT’S AGUILAR’S FIRST CAREER TD — And comes after missing the last two games with a knee injury.
HUSKIES TAKE THE LEAD — UW has taken the lead for the first time tonight on a 5-yard pass from Locker to Aguilar with 6:30 to play. UW drove 75 yards in a drive aided by two penalties, one a pass interference on Kavario Middleton on third down that kept it alive. UW leads 14-10.
DAVE CUTAIA IN THE HOUSE — Dave Cutaia, the coordinator of officiating for the Pac-10, is here tonight. Think it’s just a regular appaerance — all of the Pac-10 administrators try to get out to games on weekends — but interesting in light off last week’s events.
AGUILAR RETURNING PUNTS — With Fogerson out, Aguilar is handling it tonight.
UA TO PUNT — Richardson, beaten on one third down pass for a first down, made a nice tackle this time to stop UA a yard shy and force a punt, Arizona’s first of the night.
RICHARDSON FOR LONG — Richardson is back in on this drive.
HUSKIES PUNT — Polk got just one yard on third down and Sarkisian, after appearing to think about it for a second or two, decided to punt, UA will start on its own 15.
NOW POLK IS BACK IN — But it must not be too bad as he is back in on third and two.
THAT’S THE SAME SHOULDER HE HURT LAST YEAR — When he had season-ending surgery after two games. Bronson is again in at TB.
CHRIS POLK SHOULDER INJURY — Chris Polk is on the sidelines with his left shoulder being attended to, the reason Bronson came in on the last series. Curtis Shaw just returned the last KO with Polk out.
UA TAKES 10-7 LEAD — Probably thinking there will be a lot of points in this game, Mike Stoops opted for the sure thing and got an 18-yard FG from Alex Zendejas to give Arizona a 10-7 lead with 14:55 to play in the second quarter. So far, no punts.
ANOTHER RED ZONE STOP FOR UW — After forcing five FGs last week on long drives, UW has done it again as Arizona got to the two but no closer and will kick a field goal on the first play of the second quarter. The first quarter is over with the game tied at 7-7
UW has 106 yards, Arizona 100.
LONG FOR RICHARDSON — Long came in during the last series and now starts this one at the other CB spot.
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LONGEST RUN OF LOCKER’S CAREER — The previous best was 47 against Oregon here in 2007.He now has 79 yards on five carries already his best rushing game of the season.
LOCKER TIES IT FOR HUSKIES — On third down, UA blitzed and Locker escaped for an amazing 56-yard TD run to tie the game with 4:55 left. Arizona LB Vuna Tuihalamaka tried to tackle Locker high and he shrugged it off and took off up field. Then he escaped a tackle attempt from another LB Xavier Kelley and was off to the races.
BRONSON GETS FIRST CARRY — It comes with just under six minutes to play and goes for three yards.
UW GETS IT BACK ON REVIEW — After a review, the pass was ruled incomplete, that Polk never had possession. So after losing out on review calls last week, UW is 1-0 this week.
UW TURNS IT OVER AGAIN — Huskies have turned it over again on a fumble by Jordan Polk on a flanker screen. Devin Ross knocked the ball out of his hands and Arizona recovered at the 38 with 5:50 to go in the first quarter.
WOOD IN FOR CHRISTINE — Nick Wood is at LG on UW’s second series as the two may just be trading off.
ARIZONA DRAWS FIRST BLOOD — Arizona drove easily down the field after getting help from a late-hit penalty to keep it alive, and went 67 yards on eight plays to score a TD on a 12-yard run by Greg Nwoko. Looked like Aiyewa blitzed on the play and then Nwoko tore through a tackle attempt by Fellner at the 5, a rough introduction to Pac-10 ball for the true frosh. It’s 7-0 UA with 6:51 to go in the first quarter.
DARRION JONES ALSO STARTING — He’s healthy and back at the DE spot opposite Te’o-Nesheim.
FIRST POSSESSION ENDS IN INTERCEPTION — Pass off Kearse’s hands ends first possession at UA 33. Nate Fellner is indeed starting at free safety, the fourth true frosh to start a game for UW this year.
C. POLK RETURNS KO — A switch at the KOR spot as Chris Polk takes it and returns it 23 yards. Sager was again the blocking up back.
UW WINS TOSS ELECTS TO RECEIVE — UW will take the ball this time, a departure from the last two times it won the toss. I think Sarkisian wants to take the ball at home more than on the road.
CAPTAINS — The captains are the regular four with Tim Tucker the scout team captain for the week. The regulars are Locker, Butler, Tolar and Te’o-Nesheim.
RICHARDSON, CHRISTINE TO START? — Also, looking at warmups, it looks like Greg Christine and Quinton Richardson will start.
FELLNER WORKING WITH THE ONES — Nate Fellner is working with the ones as the team goes trhrough its warmups, indicating he will get the start at free safety tonight with Victor Aiyewa at strong.
PRE-GAME — A few quick notes as we prepare for kickoff, which officially comes at 7:25 p.m.
Johri Fogerson and D’Andre Goodwin will not play as neither is in uniform. Both are here but not suited up. Fogerson had the flu all week,. Goodwin a concussion from last week.
Nate Williams is also not in uniform.

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