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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 2, 2010 at 4:32 PM

USC game thread

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NOT SURE WHAT HAPPENED HERE — For some reason, much of the top of this has been deleted. Some sort of technical error or something.
Sorry about that.
For all the details of the game, click here.
WEIRD PLAY HURTS UW — Locker burst through the middle and appeared on his way to a TD when Shareece Wright caught him from behind and punched the ball out through the end zone. That resulted in a touchback so USC now has the at its own 20 with 8:05 left in the second.
It was officially a 50-yard run by Locker.
AND USC COMES RIGHT BACK — Looking like a shootout here at the Coliseum as USC uses a 55-yard KO return by Robert Woods to get in position and then moves easily the rest of the way. Tyler scored from five yards out to make it 17-14 with 9:08 to play.
Obviously, more poor special teams play hurts UW.
HUSKIES STRIKE AGAIN — UW hitting in every way possible on offense right now. A perfect play-action fake to Callier got Aguilar wide open in the end zone for a 44-yard pass from Locker. UW now leads 17-7 with 11:57 to play in the second. Locker is now 9-13 for 150 yards.
UW FORCES A THREE-AND-OUT — A penalty helps, as does a Thompson sack, and USC is now punting. UW has a chance to take real control of the game as it will start at the USC 44 with 12:05 to go in the second quarter.
HUSKIES TAKE LEAD — UW offense is rolling at the moment, moving 80 yards to score and take the lead. Polk got the TD on a 1-yard run at the 14:04 mark. That was a 12-play drive. UW has looked as efficient as it has all season on offense.
END FIRST QUARTER, USC UP 7-3 BUT UW MOVING — Husky offense playing well so far and UW is at the USC 32-yard-line as the quarter ends. USC remains ahead 7-3.
The Huskies have had a nice plan so far with short and intermediate passes for Locker, and some varied runs including a couple fly sweeps by Jesse Callier.
Locker is 7-10 for 91 yards. Each team has exactly 120 yards of offense, though USC has 96 on 10 rushes as UW has missed a few tackles, while UW has 91 through the air.
HUSKIES GET A STOP — USC moved quickly into UW territory but then the Huskies came up big with Nate Williams delivering the hit of the year for the Huskies on Rhett Ellison to force an incompletion and Mason Foster a good open field tackle to stop a third down screen.
UW will take over at the 20 with 3:30 remaining in the first quarter down 7-3.
UW STRIKES BACK — Huskies put together a nice drive to get to the six as Locker completed his first four passes — all shorter throws, one a slant. But the drive stalled at the 6 and UW had to settle for a 23-yard Folk field goal.
Kanczugowski is wearing No. 97 in another number change.
USC STRIKES QUICKLY — A 76-yard drive isn’t a good way for the Huskies to start. Bradford, looking more than healthy, went 37 yards up the middle for the TD. 7-0 USC. Also, No. 26 on returns is Kevin Smith.
STARTING DEFENSE AS EXPECTED — Elisara at end and ET at tackle, as expected. Rest the same.
GOOD COVERAGE — For UW on the opening kickoff. Callier and Walker were the gunners on that one.
UW WINS TOSS, DEFERS — Huskies will put defense on the field immediately. We’ll see if there is improvement from two weeks ago quickly.
GAME CAPTAINS — Chris Robinson and Princeton Fuimaono are the game captains for today joining the regulars of Locker, Kelemete, Foster and Williams.
HORTON NOT STARTING FOR USC — Looks like DE West Horton, who hurt his back against USC, is out for the game — he’s at least not starting. USC just announced that Armond Armstead will move from tackle to play for Horton at end, with DaJohn Harris going in at tackle.
Horton is the one who made some particularly strong comments about wanting to get revenge against the Huskies after last week’s win in Pullman.
PRE-GAME — Pictured above is the scene on the field about 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The Huskies are going through their paces. An early cloud cover has passed and it’s a really nice, pleasant fall day here right now. The temperature gague near the scoreboard says it’s about 68 degrees.
In pre-game injury news, still hard to tell on a few USC guys. Allen Bradford is in uniform and going through warmups, as is DT Armond Armstead. But haven’t really seen Wes Horton yet.
As for the Huskies, there’s nothing really new officially.
James Johnson is participating in the warmups and expected to go, and so is Victor Aiyewa, though he has some kind of wrap over his left hand.
Marlion Barnett is getting a lot of reps with the one offense, but important to recall he technically started against Nebraska, as well. He will definitely see more action going forward, though not sure if it’s accurate to call that a change in the depth chart yet, just more that they are going to get Barnett out there more.

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