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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 14, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Ticket update — and a few other notes and links

Word out of Corvallis is that the Beavers are practicing with piped-in noise this week in anticipation of a sold-out Husky Stadium.
They may encounter a loud stadium, but not likely a sold out one as the official word from UW is that there are about 62,500 tickets distributed as of today for Saturday’s game. They are basically sold out in the discounted seating areas, but single-game tickets remain through the ticket office at 206-543-2200.
Attendance last week was 65,685, buoyed a bit by Band Day. This week is Homecoming, and maybe there will be a little bit of a gameday push. But looks like attendance will be in the mid-60,000s or so.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— An interesting short video take here from former UW center Ed Cunningham, now an ESPN analyst, who says flat-out that the OSU game is make-or-break for Washington’s bowl hopes.
— This is a few days old now, but I know some of you like the Hardcore Football segment of former UW QB Hugh Millen on KJR-AM. You can find it here (just scroll down a little bit). I listened to it and Millen’s main topic was breaking down the third-and-three play that resulted in an incomplete pass to Austin Sylvester early in the fourth quarter against ASU. As always, you’re better off listening to it to get Millen’s full context. But the short version is that he thought the play might have been better off going to Jermaine Kearse in the slot matched up on an ASU linebacker rather than Sylvester, who was covered by ASU CB Omar Bolden. Millen says that “I saw a look of disgust on (Steve) Sarkisian’s face after the play. I don’t think that’s what he wanted out of that.” UW punted after that and ASU then kicked a field goal to go up 10, which just about ended things.
— Former UW QB Brock Huard, who is doing the game for ESPN Saturday alongside former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti (wonder how OSU fans will feel about that pairing?) had an interesting stat about this game on his show on ESPN 710 Seattle today. Huard said that UW QB Jake Locker is completing just 35 percent of passes on throws of 15-plus yards, and that two of his three interceptions have also come on such throws (the first pick against Nebraska and the one at the end of the game last week). OSU’s Ryan Katz, meanwhile, Huard said is completing 50 percent on such throws with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. He said of UW that “that’s what’s going to have to change if they are going to win.”
Lee Sterling, the regular handicapper on the Dave Mahler show on KJR-AM, today picked UW to beat Oregon State 34-27. Sterling noted that OSU never turns the ball over (one all season) and that Katz “is really coming around” and that despite the injury to James Rodgers that Katz “will keep them in any game this year.” But he said that UW is erratic, that “one week they are terrible, the next they are great” and that “I think that because Locker was not really on last week, as long as they bring some pressure on defense and get two turnovers” he will call for the Huskies to win.
All for now.

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