A few leftover notes, quotes and anecdotes from a game I figure you won’t be able to read too much about (the picture to the right is of the game-winning picture from the LA Daily News).
— How rare was it to get a road win against a ranked team? It’s actually something UW hadn’t done since Oct. 18, 2003 when it beat No. 22 Oregon State in Corvallis, 38-17. Since then, UW had lost 11 straight against ranked teams on the road. And UW hadn’t beaten a team on the road ranked higher than USC’s No. 18 yesterday since beating No. 3 Washington State in the 2002 Apple Cup (thanks to those of you who pointed out the error in the first edition of this).
— Jake Locker continues to move up career passing and total offense charts. His 420 yards of total offense yesterday were the fifth most in school history behind the 509 of Marques Tuiasosopo against Stanford in 1999 (his famous 300-200 game), 493 by Locker against Arizona in 2007, 473 by Cody Pickett against Arizona in 2001 and 430 by Pickett against Idaho in 2002.
— Locker is also now tied with Tuiasosopo for the most 200-plus passing games in school history with 16 — Pickett leads with 29.
— He now has 6,310 career passing yards and needs just 61 to pass Brock Huard as No. 2 (Pickett is No. 1 with 10,220 and uncatchable right now).
— He also passed Huard as No. 2 all-time in passing completions. Locker now has 505 (Huard had 484 while Pickett is first with 821).
— And Locker’s 110 rushing yards were the sixth-most in schoolo history and the second-most of his career behind the 157 against Arizona in 2007.
— The Orange County Register offers five observations on the game, including that USC’s defense just doesn’t seem very good so far.
— Ted Miller says Locker showed a lot of mental toughness to rally from the Nebraska game.
— ESPN’s USC blog quotes Steve Sarkisian saying as he left the field that it was his best day ever other than the days his kids were born. He was a little calmer by the time we met with him in the press tent (and darn having to stay in the press box to write a deadline story that I didn’t get to witness any of that).
— The aforementioned Daily News story linked at the top also includes some interesting notes from the USC side, including Lane Kiffin’s unhappiness with his kicking game, defense and ability of Matt Barkley to make throws that could have extended USC’s lead.
All for now.
October 3, 2010 at 12:24 PM
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