A FEW QUICK POST-GAME NOTES:
— Overall theme afterward was that nobody panicked when the team was down 10-0, a difference, some said, from past years when they think it would have been harder to maintain focus.
— The short passing game was definitely an emphasis. They wanted to get the ball out quick a lot to take advantage of the SU pressure.
— Locker said he bruised his hand in the second halt but said it’s fine. He had an ice bag on the hand but insisted no big deal.
— Him running was not by design but just the way the game fell.
A FEW VISITORS — Zach Banner, the Lakes High junior who will be one of the top prospects in the state for the Class of 2012, was on the sidelines afterward.
So were a few former Huskies including Mac Tuiaea.
And SU coach Doug Marrone could be heard loudly and apparently profanely yelling at his staff after the game. The visitor’s lockerroom area is not really that cordoned off and easy to hear, and Marrone apparently was rather animated.
DO YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT THIS ONE? — Actually, I’ll head down after one last thought — do you feel a lot better about UW after this one? A few anxious moments early, but once UW settled down it dominated the way many figured it would, especially offensively.
Jermaine Kearse was the best player on the field and showed the quality of the playmakerse UW has this year.
And the defense got some pressure and forced some turnovers and made the key stops when it had to after that opening drive.
The caveat is that SU is in much more of a rebuilding mode than UW and Orange QB Ryan Nassib looked like a guy making his second career start for much of the final three quarters.
We’d probably agree UW will need to ramp it up a bit more to beat Nebraska. But this is a good confidence-builder heading into that one.
LOCKER WITH FOURTH TD PASS — Locker hits Aguilar on a slant with 6:33 to play to make it 41-20 and end this one.
I will now have to head to the field so the blog may not have much until afterward.
UW RECOVERS ONSIDE KICK — Princeton Tuimaono gets the recovery and UW is already in position to score again.
SU SCORES — Nassib hits Alec Lemon from 19 yards out for the score with Trufant in coverage to make it 34-20 with 7:13 to play.
UW STOPS ANOTHER SU DRIVE — UW has the ball back at its own 18 with 8:53 to play. Kohler and Porter in there together on this drive, but Locker still the QB, though you imagine he won’t do much more than handoff.
And seems like there was little zone read stuff today.
Also, James Johnson hasn’t played, apparently that ankle a little worse than we thought.
HUSKIES PUT THIS ONE AWAY —- Suspense is over now as Polk runs 48 yards down the home sideline for a TD to make it 34-13 with 10:04 to play.
UW OL STAYS THE SAME — After Porter and Kohler each got a series in the first half, it’s been the usual five the entire way this half. In fact, seems like a shortening of the rotation in a lot of ways this week (fewer WRs seeming to get out there, as well).
SU GETS A FIELD GOAL — And if you have UW and gave 13 you’re a little nervous as the Orange cut the lead to 27-13 with 12:24 to play. UW’s Will Shamburger with a good pass breakup on third down to stall the drive.
KEARSE’S STATS — He has eight catches for 149 yards. Best player on the field today.
UW UP 27-10 AS THE THIRD QUARTER ENDS — Huskies dominated that quarter, piling up 156 yards for a total of 324. SU had 83 in the quarter and has 237.
RASP WITH THE TACKLE — He has a 53-yard punt and then has to help with the tackle after a 31-yard return by Mike Holmes. SU has the ball at its own 37 with :39 to go in third quarter UW ahead 27-10.
FOSTER INJURY UPDATE — Just cramps so not serious.
ANOTHER UW STOP — SU got to the UW 42 but the drive again stalls and the Orange again to punt.
Foster was hurt on that last series though it didn’t look serious. Jordan Wallace replaced him.
A CAREER-HIGH THREE TDS FOR KEARSE — He’d had two a couple times before.
ANOTHER LOCKER TO KEARSE TD — This one from 28 yards has UW breaking the game open. UW will lead 27-10 pending the PAT at 6:20. That’s four plays, 80 yards in 1:53.
BARNETT WITH FIRST CAREER RECEPTION — Marlion Barnett with an eight-yard catch for the first of his career.
UW HOLDS, GETS BALL BACK — UW has it now at its own 20, another chance for a long drive to really take control. It helped UW that SU’s Weaver dropped a likely sure first down pass on the third down play.
UW GETS SECOND SACK — On what was at least the third corner blitz of the game for Trufant, he combined with Aiyewa to sack Nassib and set up a third-and-16.
SU DOESN’T SEEM GOOD WHEN IT RUNS OUTSIDE — Seems like it gets nothing on those kinds of plays. But SU has had some success running up the middle. It has the ball at the 48.
UW GOES THREE AND OUT — Locker has just two carries for four yards in the game, two coming on that last third down that didn’t get enough to convert. Rasp with another decent punt, however, and SU will start at its own 36 following a penalty.
Brandon Huppert in the game on that last punt.
UW FORCES PUNT — SU got a couple first downs, and had some open receivers to maybe get some more. But the drive stalled at the UW 49 and the Huskies now have the ball back at their own 11. A time-consuming scoring drive here could put UW in good shape.
HUSKIES STRIKE QUICKLY — After a good kickoff return, the Huskies get a 57-yard TD from Locker to Kearse. It was a simple swing pass that Kearse then ran down the visitor-s sideline, breaking through a couple arm tackles.
UW now leads 20-10 with 14:40 to play in the third.
FOSTER WITH A BIG FIRST HALF —- He has eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
A FEW HALFTIME STATS — UW has 54 yards rushing on 15 attempts, SU has 47 on 17.
Locker is 13-22 for 114 yards and a TD, Nassib is 8-11 for 108.
UW has the only sack of the game on the Foster blitz.
Kearse has six catches for 64 yards and Aguilar three for 36. Goodwin and Sylvester have the only other receptions for UW, each for six yards.
DO YOU LIKE WHERE UW IS AT THE HALF? — We could only hear part of Sarkisian’s halftime radio interview, but the one comment he made is that “we’ve got to settle down.” Sounds like he thinks UW is too amped up for this one.
UW has made a nice comeback to take the lead, but this one is far from comfortable.
UW will get the ball first to start the third quarter and that will be a real key in terms of momentum.
HALF RUNS OUT ON SU — Interesting move there by the Orange to try to run one more play with seven seconds left. The play took took long as SU threw an incompletion and the half is over with UW ahead 13-10.
UW has a 168-152 edge in yards.
UW THREE AND OUT — Huskies tried to move but two incompletions led to a third-down safe run and SU has the ball back at its own 36 and 36 seconds left.
UW HOLDS — Seeing a few blitzes today. Trufant came twice that drive from the corner, the latter time to help stop the play that forced a FG.
SU then missed the FG wide left, so UW still leads 13-10 and by the looks of it, will try to drive here on the last series.
SU DRIVING — Nassab scrambled away from Matthews and rolled out for a 37-yard completion that has SU at the UW 26 facing a third-and-eight.
LOCKER TO KEARSE FOR A 6-YARD TD — Puts UW ahead 13-10 with 4:09 to play in the second quarter. Huskies beginning to look more confident after a shaky start.
PORTER IN ON THIS DRIVE — Kohler played on the last one as UW getting the frosh in.
UW GETS BIG BREAK — Fellner forces a fumble on the kickoff recovered by kicker Erik Folk at the Orange 22.
SU HOLDS UW TO FIELD GOAL — UW had a first-and-goal at the three, but three plays can’t get UW in and the Huskies lost four yards on an option to Polk on third down.
Folk hits a 24-yard FG to make it 10-6 with 6:50 to play.
13 plays, 62 yards, in 5:49 for UW.
CROSSING ROUTES WORKING — Locker has hit Kearse several times on crossing routes as UW is down to the 3.
UW HURRYING DOWN FIELD — Huskies rushing quickly to line here on this drive to start the second quarter and it’s working as UW is at the 15.
UW GETS BIG DEFENSIVE STOP — Huskies get a three-and-out as Foster blitzes and gets UW’s first sack of the year on third down. SU recovers the fumble but UW will get good field position.
END FIRST QUARTER — SU returns the kick to the 32 to end the first quarter.
SU has an 82-68 edge in yards.
Barnett played at least one play at TE on that last drive.
UW ON THE BOARD — Huskies get a field goal, 37 yards, from Erik Folk, to cut the lead to 10-3 with :05 left in the first quarter.
UW GETS THE REVERSAL — So Huskies have a first down at the 25.
ANOTHER REPLAY — A Locker pass to Aguilar is called out of bounds, but Sark again asking for a replay — something fans wanted him to do more of last week — and this could be good for a first down.
UW MOVING — Huskies have ball at SU 37, but a weird penalty for illegal touch when Tolar caught a Locker pass is being reviewed and has the game stopped.
UW has reviewed the play and it is ruled the ball was tipped, so no penalty and UW will have a second down at the 37.
PARKER ON KO RETURN — A short SU kick and Parker takes it and has UW at the 32 — best drive start of the season for the Huskies.
SU TAKES 10-0 LEAD — A 29-yard field goal by Krautman puts the Orange ahead 10-0 with 4:29 to play. SU has outgained UW 82-19 so far. Crichton, however, made a nice play on a reverse to stall the drive, and also came close to a sack.
SHAMBURGER, MATTHEWS IN ON THIS SERIES — Defense has a couple changes, but SU going right down the field.
UW ONE FIRST DOWN THEN OUT — Rasp has a line drive punt that gives SU the ball at the UW 49-yard-line.
OL SAME AS LAST WEEK — As the game starts.
ANOTHER ST MISTAKE — A block in the back by Taz Stevenson on the KO return has UW starting at its own 6. Kevin Smith returned the KO.
SU SCORES FIRST — SU QB Nassib scrambled and broke through a Dennison tackle to score from 28 yards out and put the Orange ahead 7-0 at 12:41.
ANOTHER ST MISTAKE — A facemask penalty on UW’s Sean Parker on SU’s punt gives the Orange a first down. So far, two special teams mistakes.
ORANGE GOES THREE-AND-OUT — SU returned the kickoff to the 50 but gained just one yard on three plays and has to punt.
No changes to UW’s defensive starting lineup.
GAME CAPTAINS — The additional captains today are Victor Aiyewa and Andrew Hudson (for the scout team). That’s on top of the season captains of Locker, Kelemete, Williams and Foster.
PRE-GAME — Really, really, really slow internet up here today, but I’ll do the best I can.
The warmups didn’t reveal anything out of the ordinary.
The starting OL appeared the same as it was a week ago, though Sarkisian has said that Erik Kohler and Colin Porter will play, so I would expect them at some point in the first half.
The defense also looked the same.
As noted in the chat, Sarkisian gathered the team for a quick speech at midfield about two hours prior to the game as they walked across the field to the locker room. Not sure what it was about but something I hadn’t seen before.