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December 5, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Cal game thread

I’M WRITING UP THE GRADES AS WE SPEAK — Hopefully you are noticing all of our on-line coverage, which on game nights makes it hard to get a lot of stuff on here quickly.
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Jake Locker talked a lot afterward about his pending decision, but as I wrote earlier, he said nothing to really give away anything.
As for a timeline, he said “I don’t know. When I feel comfortable with a decision we’ll make it and from here it’s just finding out how we are going to make that decision.”
Here are a few post-game notes:
— No injuries of note. Dennison a stinger but came back in, and Wells a hamstring not thought to be all that bad.
— Locker talked to us for a while afterward but gave no hint about his future. He said he would take some time now to huddle with family and coaches and begin plotting a strategy. Reiterated that he’s thought so little about it that he doesn’t even now the timeline of the whole thing.
— Sarkisian said he plans to speak with Locker Monday to begin the process.
— Sarkisian said the game leaves him very optimistic about the future of the program. Of how good the offense could be if Locker returns he said: “I think we can be electric. I think we’re coming into our own.”
LOCKER AFTER THE GAME — Locker was surrounded by reporters on the field afterward and when asked about next year reiterated what he has said all along that he’s not thinking about it now.
POST-GAME SIGHTINGS — Among the recruits in attendance today were Chris Young and Zach Fogerson.
Also, saw a lot of alums, including Larry Tripplett, Quintin Daniels, Jermaine Smith, Jabari Issa and Odell George.

UW TO WIN IT — Game over, 42-10.
LOCKER TAKEN OUT — Will he ever play in Husky Stadium again?
DTN GETS ANOTHER SACK — UW threatening to score again. In fact, Polk scores with 3;23 to put UW up 42-10.
CAL HELD AGAIN — Cal forced to punt on its first possession of the fourth quarter with the Huskies firmly in command. 12:32 remains and UW ahead 35-10.
UW IN COMMAND AS THIRD QUARTER ENDS — UW leads 35-10 as the third quarter ends. Huskies have outgained Cal 390-264. John Fiala is being honored as the Husky legend.
TE’O-NESHEIM GETS RECORD SACK — A sack by DTN with 2:48 left in the third quarter has set the UW school record with 28.5. UW has the ball back with 1:45 to play in the third.
HUSKIES HOLD — Cal went for it on fourth and four at the UW 13 but after Riley escaped an initial rush, he was tackled by Nate Fellner at the 9, just inches short of the first down.
Fellner was playing for Jason Wells, who was injured a couple of plays previous though we don’t know the extent.
UW continues to lead 35-10 with 6:23 to go in third.
LOCKER NOW 15-19 PASSING FOR 210 YARDS — And three TDs. He also has run seven times for 45 yards. This is the Jake Locker everyone has always expected to see.
ANOTHER UW TD — Locker just hit Aguilar on a 13-yard TD on a slant play to make it 35-10 with 7:41 to play. Locker now has three TD passes and two rushing TDs. This won’t hurt his draft status, that’s for sure.
UW BACK IN CAL TERRITORY — A 49-yard return by Polk has UW into Cal territory already.
Worth noting that the line is playing a great game tonight in what is the first-ever start for redshirt frosh Mykenna Ikehara at center in place of the injured Ryan Tolar.
CAL ON THE BOARD — Riley evaded a blitz to hit Nyan Boateng for a 22-yard TD to make it 28-10 with 10:09 to play in the third. Cal went 87 yards in five plays.
DENNISON BACK — Must not have been a serious injury because he’s back in the game.
THING OF BEAUTY — Locker hit Aguilar on a pump and go, rifling a perfect pass that Aguilar caught right over the shoulder of Cal’s Josh Hill. Game is pretty much a rout now
HUSKIES SCORE AGAIN — Locker just hit Aguilar for a 21-yard TD to make it 28-3 with 12:41 to go in the third quarter. UW goes 65 yards in five plays.
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY — UW already moving thanks to a 17-yard Polk run and a personal foul on Cal. UW has the ball at the Bears’ 32.
UW WILL GET BALL FIRST TO START SECOND HALF — And with a score, Huskies can turn this one into a rout. A lot of fans seemed not to like the white pants at home. But so far, UW has yet to give a touchdown wearing that outfit.
LOCKER 10-14 AT THE HALF FOR 162 YARDS — And he also has five rushes for 24 yards, right on target for the 10 carries Sark said this week would be ideal.
Bruns is 1-1 for 38 yards passing.
Kearse has seven catches for 147 yards.
FIRST-HALF BEST OF YEAR — The 21 points ties he most in a half this season, and the 18-point lead is the best. UW led Idaho 21-9 at the half.
SARK’S HALFTIME COMMENTS — As he left the field at halftime, Sark said in his radio comments that the Huskies “are playing really physical against the run. We let the one run pop but the one we are doing since last week is getting after the quarterback.
“We are playing hard and we will play hard in the second half.”
Asked what can improve in the second half he said “we’ve just got to keep establishing our running game.”
UW OUTGAINED CAL 115-52 IN THE SECOND QUARTER — And 14-0 on the scoreboard.
UW HAS OUTGAINED CAL 262-156 IN THE FIRST HALF — Best half of the year for the Huskies? Sure seems like it.
HALF ENDS, UW UP 21-3 — In last six quarters, UW has scored Cal and WSU 51-3 — that’s also the score of the 2000 Apple Cup, which clinched Washington’s last Rose Bowl appearance.
TA’AMU SACKS RILEY — UW thought the half was over but Cal has one play left at its own 41 with one second left. That’s UW’s third sack of the game.
RULING STANDS — Refs said Vereen batted it forward, apparently unintentionally, so the play stands.
REFS TODAY — It’s a regular Pac-10 crew headed by Jay Stricherz, a Tacoma resident and school teacher.
DENNISON INJURED — He left the field after the play that is being reviewed with what looked like a shoulder injury of some sort.
CAL TRIES SOME TRICKS — But they probably won’t work as Vereen caught a pass then flipped it forward to Marvin Jones. But the play is under review and sure to be called no good. 17 seconds left in the first half, UW still ahead 21-3.
LOCKER RIGHT FOR TD — UW is just blowing out the Bears in what might be the best overall performance by this team in years. Locker scored two two yards out with 1:12 to play to go ahead 21-3. Huskies have 262 yards. That drive was 10 plays, 81 yards in 3;58.
HUSKIES KEEP MOVING — Two more Locker passes to Middleton have UW at the Cal 2-yard-line with 1;17 to go in the first half, the Huskies threatening to take a commanding lead.
ONE MORE YEAR — The crowd keeps changing “One more year” every time Locker does anything, such as a 9-yard run that just moved the ball to the Cal 36.
HUSKIES MOVING AGAIN — Locker just hit Middleton for 25 yards and UW now has the ball at the Cal 45 with 4:15 left, now having 217 yards in the half, Huskies can put Cal in a seriously bad spot with a score here.
No doubt, UW looks like the team that came to play today.
HUSKIES HOLD AGAIN — Great game so far by the UW defense as after Cal got two first downs, the Huskies held, a sack by Butler on a blitz killing the drive. Cal will punt with 5:22 to go in the second quarter, with UW ahead 14-3. UW leads the yardage total 181-130.
DTN GETS SACK — Te’o-Nesheim just got a sack of Riley for a five-yard loss putting him within a half-sack of the all-time school record.
SHADES OF 2007 — UW is dominating the game right now, with 181 yards of total offense right now and a 14-3 lead. Locker took the snap out of the run, faked a pass to left then ran around the right end and pretty much untouched into the end zone.
LOCKER KEEPS FOR 19-YARD TD — Locker runs over the right side for a 19-yard TD with 10:50 left.
AGUILAR PUNT RETURN LONGEST OF THE YEAR — Huskies winning special teams battle so far
UW DEFENSE HOLDS AGAIN — Huskies hold Cal three and out, two pass incompletions and Vereen getting just one on a Wildcat play on second down. Aguilar with a good punt return so UW will start at the Cal. 34.
UW STOPPED ON FOURTH DOWN — UW drove to the Cal 14 and went for it on fourth and two. But Locker tried to roll to the right and was hemmed in and tackled for an eight-yard loss. He was attempting to throw but no one was open. Cal takes over at its own 22.
KEARSE NOW FIVE CATCHES, 135 YARDS — It’s the end of the first quarter and UW leads 7-3. Kearse has been the star, catching the TD and just making a 12-yard catch on a fourth down play to put the Huskies at the Cal 22.
CAL THREE AND OUT — UW defense rises to occassion and stops Cal on three plays, Bears now punting. A third-down blitz put pressure on Kevin Riley as Huskies seem to be bringing a lot of pressure today.
UW FORCED TO PUNT — UW’s second possession ends when Polk is tackled for a two-yard loss on third and three at the 45. Kind of a curious play call. UW punts.
KEARSE HAS 106 YARDS RECEIVING — At the 5:10 mark of the first quarter as he has 28 yards on first play of UW’s second possession.
POLK HANDLING KO RETURNS — Chris Polk is again handling those.
CAL CUTS IT TO 7-3 — Replay upheld the original ruling and D’Amato made a 29-yard FG to make it 7-3 with 5:46 to play. Still, a victory for UW as Cal has 111 yards but just three points.
HUSKIES BEND BUT DON’T BREAK — Cal got to the UW 14 thanks largely to a 50-yard run by Shane Vereen on a play in which UW safety Jason Wells was stripped by teammate Everrette Thompson while in pursuit. But UW stopped the drive at the 12 and at the moment, a ruling of an incompletion on third down is being reviewed.
HUSKIES STRIKE QUICKLY — On the next play following the Bruns pass, and a false start, Locker hit Jermaine Kearse for a 40-yard TD on a play-action pass. It was basically the same play as last week’s 50-yarder against WSU as Locker faked a handoff to Chris Polk then threw deep over the middle to Kearse, who got a step on Cal’s Bryant Nabuife. 7-0 UW at the 7:45 mark.
BRUNS THROWS DEEP — You wanted trick plays, you finally got one as Cody Bruns threw for 38 yards to Jermaine Kearse on a flanker reverse. Kearse wasn’t wide open but leaped high to catch a good pass. The play got UW to the Cal 35.
CAL MISSES FG — Cal, which has had special teams troubles all year, missed a 42-yd FG attempt after driving to UW’s 25 on its first drive. The kick from Vince D’Amato was wide left. Cal drove easily to the 24, then a five-yard loss of a Shane Vereen run on first down helped kill the drive. UW mixed it up defensively, rushing three on the second down play then blitzing on third down.
STARTING DEFENSE — DTN and Jones are ends, Ta’amu and ET are tackles, Dennison, Butler and Foster are LBs, Jason Wells and Williams are safeties and Trufant and Long are corners.
UW WINS TOSS, DEFERS — Cal gets opening kick and starts at own 22.
ENTIRE SENIOR CLASS HONORED AS CAPTAINS — Along with the usual season-long captains, the rest of the senior class was honored today as game captains, walking en masse halfway out on the field for the coin toss. Kind of a neat moment.
SACK RECORD — DTN has 26.5 career sacks. Ron Holmes holds the record with 28, but sacks have only been kept as a record since 1982.
SENIORS SALUTED — They just honored all of the seniors here. I neglected to mention this week that Te’o-Nesheim is actually only a sack-and-a-half away from the all-time UW record.
TV — Far as I know, the game is just televised regionally in the NW today. I can’t really, suggest where to go for other viewing, but you guys can in the comments section.
ANSWERS — There was a question about Chris Polk’s shoulder. He’s not going to be 100 percent until the season is over, and he may have surgery. But he’ll play today and gut it out.
ELISARA OUT —- Cameron Elisara did not go through warmups and is out today. The rest of the lineups looked status quo.
PRE-GAME — We won’t have a live chat today. What I want to do instead is just put it all on here. If you have some questions, put them on the comments thread and I’ll try to get to them — especially questions that pertain specifically to today’s game, which is what I’d like to concentrate on. Plenty of time for off-season stuff later.
One quick note — the Huskies are again wearing white pants. So while some of you didn’t seem to like them, I guess the players and coaches did.
It’s a really beautiful day here, as you can see in these two pictures.
Here’s the view at about 1:30 walking into the stadium:
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And here’s the view a few minutes later from inside the stadium:
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