A COUPLE QUICK POST-GAME NOTES:
Here are a few quick notes on some of the key plays of the game:
— Locker was trying to hit Chris Izbicki on that last fourth down and he said he was open, but the pass was batted down by the BYU nose tackle who shed off Drew Schaefer to make the play.
— Nick Holt said that the 48-yard BYU TD came when UW tried to blitz but didn’t do it properly and left a much wider gap than was intended. He said that “when you blitz there’s the tradeoff” of leaving someone open, and that’s what happened on that play.
— Sarkisian said he went for it on that fourth down early in the fourth quarter because of the way the game had gone and that “you feel like you’ve got to maximize your opportunities because you don’t know how many you’re going to get.” The play wasn’t really designed to go to Kearse in the end zone. It was an option where Locker could have kept, thrown to C. Polk or looked downfield. Locker said BYU covered the first two options well leaving only the throw to Kearse as an option.
— Sark’s overall take on the game: “I thought in a lot of areas we were sloppy, especially in the special teams.”
— There were no apparent new serious injuries.
— I should also note that Lawrence Lagafuaina did not make the trip and also appears headed to a redshirt season.
IT’S OVER — A tough beginning for the Huskies. I’ll have more later.
FOURTH DOWN PASS FAILS — Locker’s pass batted in air and BYU takes ofer at the 26 with 1:51 to play.
IS THIS THE GAME? — UW has a fourth-and-seven at the BYU 27 and 1:55 to play. This may be the game right here.
BYU STOPPED — Heaps throws low on a third down pass and BYU has to punt.
UW STOPPED — Locker threw high to Aguilar on third down and the drive ended. Long replaced Richardson at CB on this drive after the penalty on the last drive.
KEY PLAY HERE — UW has a third-and-nine at the 46 with 7:54 left and has called time out.
HUSKIES GET BALL BACK — A penalty and a dropped pass help UW stop BYU and the Huskies will get the ball at their own 20 with 9:36 to play, trailing 23-17. If Jake Locker is really a Heisman candidate, these are the moments where he needs to step up.
FIRST CONTROVERSIAL CALL OF YEAR — I’m sure that play call will be hotly debated as the Huskies eschewed a field goal to go for it on fourth-and-two at the BYU 23. Locker rolled, appearing to have options to run, throw short to Chris Polk, or deep to Kearse. He threw to Kearse in the end zone but the pass was batted away.
BYU OUTGAINS UW 150-59 — In the third quarter.
END OF THIRD — BYU ahead 23-17 but UW has the ball. Looks like the stage is set for a fantastic finish.
HUSKIES HOLD — Jake Heaps quickly drove BYU to the UW 36. But he then failed to connect on three straight passes, two to open receivers that he just overthrew, and UW has the ball back at its own 14.
HUSKIES STOPPED — A dangerous part of the game now as UW couldn’t convert a third-and-one when Polk got the ball up the middle and had to punt. So BYU takes over at its own 20 with 2:22 to go in the third, ahead 23-17.
HABBEN DOWN — He leaves the game with some sort of foot/ankle injury, left side. Kanczugowski in at RT.
CALLIER REPLACES C. POLK ON RETURNS — After Polk struggled to pick up a couple, Callier came in for that last return.
BYU TAKES LEAD — Cougars dominating out of the break, scoring on a 48-yard Nelson to DiLuigi pass to take a 23-17 lead with 4:23 to play. Looked like UW was in a zone blitz, with Jamora lining up off the line then coming in. DiLiuigi ran through a hole on the left side where it appeared Aiyewa should have been (though always hesitant to pretend exactly who should have been where). Anyway, it’s 23-17 BYU and UW needs a big drive now.
KEARSE THREE DROPS — That’s the consensus in the press box after that last third down that he couldn’t corral.
BYU NOW LEADS IN YARDS 259-234 — Cougars setting the tone early in the second half.
HUSKIES GO THREE-AND-OUT — And after a short punt, BYU now has the ball at the Husky 48 with 5:19 left in the third quarter.
Special teams a weakness for UW today, no question, other than Folk.
ZACH FOGERSONN ON KICKOFF RETURN — So that’s 13 true freshmen now that have played.
BEND BUT DON’T BREAK DEFENSE KEEPING UW AHEAD — UW has now held BYU to field goal attempts three times on drives, twice inside the 20. And BYU doesn’t have a play longer than 17 yards for the game. It might be a little frustrating to watch, but that’s a good approach here to eliminate big plays and force the Cougs to nickel-and-dime it down the field.
UW FORCES BYU TO KICK FIELD GOAL — Nice tackle by Aiyewa to stop BYU’s drive and force a field goal. BYU drove 58 yards to get a 29-yard field goal to cut the gap to 17-16 with 6:59 left in the third quarter.
FOLK’S KICK THIRD-LONGEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY — Anderson and Don Martin (1967) each had 56-yarders, the only ones longer.
REALLY SLOW INTERNET HERE — So sorry if I may get a little behind here.
SARK GETS A NICE OVATION — Sark went into the locker room at halftime to talk to his
team instead of attending the BYU QB celebration. But his name was greeted with a nice ovation when announced.
SO HOW TO DO YOU FEEL AS THE FIRST HALF ENDS? — The Huskies seem to have re-asserted control after BYU scored 13 in a row to take a 13-7 lead early in the second quarter.
That last drive, getting off the goal line and into field goal position, was huge to sway the momentum, especially with UW getting the ball to start the second half — that will be a key drive for the Huskies as they can take their biggest lead of the game if they can move down the field there.
Each team has 201 yards of offense in the half though that’s a little misleading since the Huskies were tabbed with minus-39 rushing on the bad punt snap. Take that out and UW has 115 yards rushing on 17 carries compared to 76 on 18.
Ominously, UW doesn’t have any sacks and BYU is 13-23 through the air, and there’ve been plenty of games played here where the Cougars eventually wear down defenses with their air attack.
FOLK HITS 54-YARD FG AS FIRST HALF ENDS — That’s a career-long for Folk and gives UW a 17-13 lead as the half ends.
KOHLER IN ON FG TEAM — So that’s 12 true freshmen.
BRUNS WITH THIRD CATCH — That’s as many as he had in his career before today.
POLK WITH CLUTCH 22 YARD RUN — UW was facing a third-and-eight at its own 3, but Polk ran for 22 yards and UW should be able to get out of the half with the lead.
WOW, NOT A GOOD CALL THERE — Nelson appeared stuffed by Foster and Crichton on a third-and-one run but he got a very favorable spot and BYU has a first down at the UW 47 with just under four minutes to go in the half.
POTOA’E NOW IN — So that’s 11 true frosh who have played for UW.
UW THREE AND OUT — J. Polk and Long are the gunners on the punt team.
HUSKIES STOP BYU — Cougs move to UW 42 but on third-and-eight Foster and Dennison blitzed to force Heaps into a hurried pass that went incomplete. UW will start at its own 11 ahead 14-13 and 6:59 left.
BYU BACK TO HEAPS — UW up 14-13 at 8:35 of second quarter.
HARTVIGSON ON PAT TEAM — He was the left end on that one so that’s 10 true frosh to play. Ikehara and Kanczugowski also out there on that team.
UW REGAINS LEAD — Locker faked a handoff then took off around the corner to score from nine yards out to cap a nine-play, 80-yard drive and quiet the crowd here. The play, however, is being reviewed to see if he was OB.
JOHNSON YET TO PLAY — James Johnson is not playing, apparently still bothered by that ankle. But Bruns has two catches on this drive in his place.
TAZ STEVENSON ON KICKOFF RETURN TEAM — So that’s nine true frosh by my count that have played.
NELSON RUNS FOR TWO — Nelson is proving a tough player as he carried Foster and Dennison into the end zone for a two-point play to make it 13-7 at 12:08.
GAME STARTING TO TURN — BYU just drove 47 yards in eight plays as UW is not getting much pressure on the QB, and the Cougars have scored 11 in a row to take the lead, pending a two-point play here.
De’Shon Matthews, Adam Long among others to get on the field on that drive. Nate Fellner beaten for the 9-yard TD pass from Nelson to Josh Quezada.
FIRST Q STATS — BYU had 102 yards to UW’s 60 (which includes 39 lost yards on the bad punt snap). Locker was 3-7 for 54 yards, Heaps 4-7 for 47.
END OF FIRST QUARTER — UW leads 7-5 but the momentum has turned after the Huskies drove down the field on their first drive. BYU has dominated action of late and UW faces a key third-and-nine at its own 3 to start the second quarter.
Sloppy special teams for UW in that quarter as Polk dropped a kickoff to set up the current bad field position., a bad punt snap led to a safety and a running into the kicker penalty kept a BYU drive alive.
PELLUER AND FUIMAONO EACH ON THE KICKOFF RETURN TEAM — So that’s eight true frosh by my count in the game. And 91 is apparently Sean Parker on that team.
BYU SETTLES FOR FG — Heaps impressively drove BYU down the field but UW then held from the 4 and BYU settled for a Payne field goal of 22 yards. 7-5 UW.
Matt Houston played significantly in that drive for the Huskies as they are beginning to rotate defenders at some spots. Shamburger also out there quite a bit as UW went with its three-safety alignment.
JAMORA IN AT DE — So six true frosh now.
GILLILAND IN ON FREE KICK — So that’s five true frosh to play so far.
BAD SNAP — Brendan Lopez with his first punt snap of the year snaps it over the head of Will Mahan for a safety. So 7-2 UW at 4:30. First punt snap by someone other than Danny Morovick since 2005.
COUGS MISS FIELD GOAL — BYU drove to the 22 after the penalty but was stopped there and and Mitch Payne missed a 40-yard field goal at the 5:49 mark. So UW still leads 7-0 and will take over at its own 22.
NELSON BACK IN FOR COUGS — Nelson again the QB.
HUSKIES FORCE ANOTHER PUNT — But Ducre ran into the punter so BYU will get the ball back at 8:57. Ducre the fourth true frosh to be in the game. Callier also has played.
HEAPS IN AT QB FOR BYU —- Just one series for Nelson.
LONG AND TRUFANT ARE THE GUNNERS ON THE KICKOFF TEAM — And for the second straight year, UW has scored on its opening drive of the season. Last year it was Locker to Johnson against LSU.
HUSKIES SCORE — Two big third-down pickups for UW as it drives 73 yards on its first possession of the year. Drive capped by a 19-yard TD pass from Locker to Kearse at the 10:02 mark. BYU blitzed and Kearse was left in man coverage down the middle and Locker hit him perfectly for the score.
Kevin Smith played during the drive, the second true frosh to see action.
HUSKIES HOLD — Big hit by Nate Williams to stop a third-and-one run and the Huskies have the ball at their own 27 for first possession of the year.
KICKOFF TEAM — Folk, Shamburger, Long, Trufant. Dennison, Aiyewa, Foster, Nate Williams, Long, Fellner and Parker, the only true frosh.
UW WINS TOSS, DEFERS — BYU to receive in the south end.
HONORARY CAPTAINS — UW’s honorary captains today are Cort Dennison and Nick Montana, joining the season captains of Locker, Kelemete, Foster and Williams.
MCMAHON TO LEAD COUGARS OUT OF TUNNEL — Jim McMahon is set to lead BYU out of the tunnel, holding the Cougar flag.
10 MINUTES TO KICKOFF — Consensus up here is nothing appeared out of the ordinary as the Huskies went through their paces in the pre-game. The starting lineups looked the same as advertised.
20 MINUTES TO KICKOFF — The picture is of the scene about 30 minutes to kick off with the Huskies still on the field. They left at just over the 20 minute to go mark or so, shortly before this started.