UPDATED GAME STORY — My updated game story with quotes is now posted. Here it is.
TOUGH STRETCH — Oregon simply dominated the game in the second and third quarters.
Here are Oregon’s drives following the blocked punt for a TD — 14 plays, 80 yards, TD; three plays for two yards, punt; three plays, 53 yards, TD; 13 plays, 96 yards, TD; two plays, 31 yards, TD; fumbled punt; and five plays, 76 yards, TD.
That’s TDs on five drives out of six in which took possession, gaining 336 yards. Those drives occured from the 8:13 mark of the second quarter to the 11:21 mark of the fourth quarter.
MASOLI GETS GOING LATE — Here’s our story on how Jeremiah Masoli got going.
WHAT THE DUCKS SAID AFTERWARD — Bud Withers covered the Oregon locker room for us.
252-104 — That’s the combined score that Oregon has beaten UW by the last six years.
SARK POST-GAME QUOTE — Here’s part of his opening statement:
“Obviously a very disappointing loss. I thought we really had some opportunities, especially early in the ball game and then cocming out of halftime, to change the complexion of the game, maybe get the game going in our favor more. And we weren’t able to capitalize. (Oregon) did some excellent things on special teams, just destroyed us on special teams. They did a nice job bringing pressure on defense. I thought our defense played a really good first half, but ultimately they got rolling offensively there in the third quarter and then into the fourth quarter and we weren’t doing a whole lot on offense to keep their offense off the field. And it wore on us. It’s disappointing because there were opportunities.”
LOCKER SAYS HE’S FINE — To answer the inevitable question on his health, he just met with us and said he’s fine, just cramping a few times, but the back was fine and no other injury concerns.
He said he tried to force the pass on fourth down knowing it was fourth down to try to let his WR make a play.
EARLY GAMER POSTED — Read the nuts and bolts here:
‘WE MIGHT BE BEAT UP MENTALLY RIGHT NOW”’ — Another Sarkisian post-game quote.
“THEY DESTROYED US ON SPECIAL TEAMS” — That’s what Sarkisian said. He also said there were just 10 players on the field for the two-point play due to having to rush that team out there after the blocked punt. And he said the blocked punt was an issue of miscounting and letting a guy run free who should have been covered.
INJURY UPDATE —- Nick Wood had a stinger, Savannah may have rebroken his thumb, Polk had an ankle issue and was getting retaped during the series near the goal line when he was out and Bronson in.
Locker was also suffering cramps for a little bit.
IT’S A FINAL — Oregon wins 43-19.
OREGON SCORES AGAIN — A 56-yard run by James gave Oregon another TD and a 43-12 lead. This one is obviously over.
I’ll have more after the game but for now I have to head down to the field.
UW GETS ON BOARD — The Huskies finally get in the end zone recovering a muffed punt and going 28 yards in seven plays capped by a 1-yard run by Polk on fourth down. But despite two tries after an Oregon penalty, the two-point try failed leaving the score at 36-12.
Locker appeared to have room to run it in on the two-point play but hesitated and then threw — and you wonder if Locker might be too cautious to run now.
TODAY’S ATTENDANCE — Is 67,809.
THIRD QUARTER ENDS 36-6 — The worst quarter of the year for the Huskies is over with Oregon holding a 36-6 lead. The bright spot is that the Huskies are at the 8-yard-line and in position to score their first TD of the day. Otherwise, a dreary 15 minutes that showed UW still has a long way to go to become an elite team in the conference.
REALLY UGLY NOW — Couldn’t get that posted before Oregon scored again. A Chris Polk fumble gave Oregon the ball at the 31 and the Ducks needed just two plays to score to make it 36-6 with 3:21 to play.
This one is obviously over, now it’s just a matter of how bad it gets.
Oregon has gained 196 yards in 11:39 of this quarter.
OREGON HAS 165-46 EDGE IN YARDS THIS QUARTER — Oregon appears to have won the halftime adjustments battle. Seems the biggest to me is that Masoli is running more aggressively opening up other runs and the play-action.
UW ROTATING DTS — With the no-huddle on the last drive, UW tried to rotate its DTs to keep them fresh. De’Shon Matthews and Tyrone Duncan played together for a while on the last drive, a combination not seen much this year.
Kalani Aldrich is also getting most of the time in place of Jones right now.
OREGON BLOWING IT OPEN NOW — Ducks are dominating now as they go 96 yards in 13 plays in 4:08 — converting a third-and-15 in the process — to take a 29-6 lead with 4:54 left. The final 17 came on a Masoli pass to D.J. Davis.
Oregon just appears to be dominating up front now as the no-huddle is taking a toll on the UW front seven.
NICE DRIVE ENDS BADLY — A 46-yard Locker to Kearse pass on third-and-18 got UW to the Oregon 24.But a holding penalty on Cody Habben then moved UW back andn on second down, Locker threw into double coverage to Aguilar and was intercepted by Cliff Harris.
Oregon has the ball at its own with 9:02 to play and is making all the big plays when it needs to.
Kearse came out after the long pass and has not re-entered the game.
UW KO RETURN TEAM — The front line is Aiyewa, Gage, Poe, Wiggs, Tuiasosopo andn Bronson.
In the middle is Dennison, Pulu and Homer.
And deep right now are Richardson and Johnson.
UGLY START TO SECOND HALF — UW went three and out on its first possession and then let Oregon drive 53 yards in three plays to take a 22-6 lead with 12:36 to play.
UW has been a resilient bunch all year but this will be a real test.
Sarkisian just gathered the team around for a “team jump” kind of like against USC. We’ll see if the Huskies can rally.
POLK OFF KOR TEAM — Polk’s injury, whatever it is, has him not returning KOs right now as Richardson is again back with Johnson.
SECOND-HALF KEYS — 1, Play better on special teams — That’s really the difference so far.
2, Convert in the red zone — Two possessions inside the 9 yielded just three points for UW (and counter to how UW has stayed in other games so far this year).
3, Keep containg the run — Seems like Masoli is being really cautious running and UW is doing a nice job on the backs so far. Oregon has just 60 yards rushing on 18 carries.
SARK AT THE HALF — Steve Sarkisian was pretty brief with his halftime radio comments.
He said “special teams” when asked his first impression.
He added that “we’ve just got to be disciplined in our assignments and when we are in the red zone we’ve got to score touchdowns.”
And of the defense he said “excellent job so far.”
HUSKIES GET FINAL FG — After the review gave UW one last second, a hands to the face penalty on Oregon’s Brandon Bair gave the Huskies the ball at the 30 and one last play and Folk hit a 48-yard FG to make it 15-6 Ducks at the half.
UW will now get the ball first to start the second half so that could help get the Huskies back in this one.
UW GETS ONE LAST PLAY — After a review, UW will get one more play at the 45.
LARRY FARINA IS THE HEAD OFFICIAL TODAY — He was the same guy who handled the BYU game last year.
CLOCK MANAGEMENT AGAIN? — UW had three time outs before its last series with 1:06 but didn’t use any of them. UW is at the Oregonn 45 with a chance at one final play.
DUCKS GO THREE AND OUT — UW benefits from curious play calling by Oregon, especially the first down lateral by Masoli — that looked designed. UW will get one more possessioni this half,
HUSKIES GO THREE AND OUT — And worse, UW takes just 19 seconds off the clock as they throw on all three plays, the first two incomplete, and the second one almost disaster as Oregon’s Casey Matthews dropped an interception.
OREGON TAKES 15-3 LEAD — A rather strange 14-play, 80-yard drive has Oregon now ahead 15-3. Ducks picked up a second-and-36 thanks largely to a 32-yard pass on third down, and then executed a fake field goal with Nate Costa running for seven yards when he needed five. Masoli scored the TD with 2:22 to play in the quarter.
Frankly, UW losing this game on the special teams as the blocked punt and the fake field goal are the difference right now.
HUSKIES STOPPED AT 2 — UW had a nice drive to get to the four with a first down. But two runs and a pass got just two yards and on fourth and two UW went for it and a Locker pass on a roll out was intercepted by Javes Lewis. Oregon has the ball at its own 20 with 8:13 to go.
Another play call and choice sure to be debated.
Wood was back in at LG that series.
Polk got a lot of the yards with a 34-yard run in which he broke five tackles. But he came off limping after a 1-yard run later in the drive. He is now on the bench with his helmet off. Unsure what his injury may be.
DUCKS BLOCK PUNT, TAKE 8-3 LEAD — Ducks swung the momentum with a blocked punt recovered in the end zone and then a two-point conversion when Nate Costa ran it in on a swinging gate. 12:45 to play.
UW ONE FIRST DOWN THEN OUT — A third-down sack ends the drive at the 33. Bronson is getting lots of play today.
FIRST QUARTER ENDS 3-0 — First time all year UW has held an opponent scoreless in the first quarter. UW has 62 yards to Oregon’s 40. Oregon just 7 rushing yards, the sack helping with that.
FELLNER WITH TWO BIG HITS — Nathan Fellner is showing why the Huskeis like him at safety. He led the way on a blitz on third down to stop Oregon’s last drive one play after blasting James on an incompletion.
UW went with a three-man line with an up DE for much of that drive with Aldrich as the other DE. UW leads 3-0 with the ball.
Wood is still out with Ikehara in.
IKEHARA FOR WOOD — Wood was hurt on the last series and replaced by Ikehara.Wood walked off on his own so didn’t appear too bad but no report yet.
HUSKIES TAKE 3-0 LEAD — A 33-yard Folk FG gives UW a 3-0 lead with 3:27 to go in the first quarter.In the first play of the game fans will likely be talking about for a while, the drive stopped on third down when Locker was hemmed in and fell to the ground. As he did, Oregon LB Spencer Paysinger reached down and grabbed Locker’s helmet, ripping it off. No penalty was called, however, and the drive ended there. Really loud boo when that one was replayed on the big screen.
UW went 43 yards in 11 plays in 4:15 but couldn’t move once reaching the 9.
DUCKS ONE FIRST DOWN THEN OUT — Great play by Long on a WR screen — massive improvement from the UA game on that play — to stall the drive.
UW KICKOFF TEAM — Here’s who was on the kickoff cover team today — McDowell,.,. Long, Dennison, Aiyewa, Gage, Fellner, Trufant, Poe, Wiggs, Walker and Folk.
UW STOPPED — Huskies got two first downs then stopped, in part after Polk was tackled for a three-yard loss on first down.
UW began in a two-TE set so the starters were technically Ossai and Habben at tackles, Wood and Kelemete at guards, Tolar at center, Locker at QB, Polk at TB, Izbicki and Midddleton at TE and Aguilar and Kearse at WR.
DUCKS GO THREE AND OUT — A penalty wiping out a 15-yard gain on first down helped.
UW’s starting defense was exactly as advertised — Jones and DTN at the ends, Thompson and Ta’amu at tackles; Butler, Foster and Savannah at LB; Fellner and Wiliams at safety; and Trufant and Long at CB.
UW WINS TOSS, DEFERS — Oregon will get ball first.
WARD IN UNIFORM FOR OREGON — Safety T.J. Ward, coming back from a high ankle sprain injury suffered against Boise State, is in uniform today and could play for the first time since then.
HUSKIES TAKE THE FIELD — The Huskies have just taken the field. The two extra captains today are Adam Long and Tripper Johnson.
PRE-GAME — Thanks to those of you who participated in the chat. If you didn’t, maybe check it out for any obvious questions about today’s game.
As far as personnel, looks like Jeremiah Masoli will play at QB for Oregon while Cameron Elisara and Anthony Boyles are out for uw.