LACK OF URGENCY? Jesse Callier said afterward that “there was a lot of miscommunication out there. We definitely didn’t have a sense of urgency coming out in the game. We’ve got to get that up next week. We’ve got to come out with a sense of urgency next time. … We’ve got to get guys going early and play with a higher level of intensity.”
SOME QUICK POST-GAME NOTES — Sarkisian said Aiyewa’s injury was a “knee contusion.”
— He said Cameron Elisara suffered a recurrence of the shoulder stinger issue that has dogged him all season.
— Sarkisian didn’t specifically confirm that Locker had a rib injury, but didn’t deny it when asked, just saying that “he’s beat up. I didn’t want to expose him. Didn’t want to do that to the kid.”
— Sarkisian said that Locker’s injury “changes our offense in an effect. Going in we thought we would be able to run the ball maybe better than we were able to and then as the game wore on and it got out of hand you can’t just sit and rely on the run when you are down 20 or so. The game went the exact opposite of the way were hoping it would go. Our idea was to get out to an early lead, which we were there, and sustain that and then get into our play-action stuff and in turn they forced the game for us into a drop back game and they were able to rush the passer which is the best thing we do.”
— Asked about the long-term prognosis on Locker he said “it’ll be a week to week thing. It is what it is.”
HEADING TO THE FIELD — Still 44-14 4:47 left in the game and this one is petering to a sad finish for the Huskies.
I’m heading down to the field now for interviews so no more on the blog for a little while — not that I imagine too many of you are out there reading this right now.
This was total and complete domination by Arizona. UW could be held under 100 yards rushing for the first time all season and may hold UA under 500 total yards only because the Wildcats have put it on cruise control.
A tough night all the way around.
UA NOW TURNINIG IT INTO A LAUGHER — Scott drops the snap and still throws for a TD, 21 yards to Criner, to make it 44-14 with 11:09 left.
Scott is now 18-22 for 233 yards and two TDs and has another 65 rushing on seven carries.
So much for the thought UW caught a big break getting to play against him instead of Foles.
Is this the most disappointing loss of the season for the Huskies?
HUSKIES TURNED AWAY — After driving from their own 30 to the Arizona 25, the Huskies were turned away when a fourth-down pass to Callier went incomplete. Actually, it looked like the timing was off and the pass hit Callier in the face mask.
The third quarter is now over with UA ahead 37-14.
HUSKIES FORCE A PUNT — With 4:39 to go in the third, UW forces a punt when Scott throws two bad passes, one in the face of pretty good pressure. He was 15-17 before the two incompletions. UA still leads 37-14.
ARIZONA STARTING TO TEE OFF NOW — Locker is sacked for the fourth time tonight and UW has to punt, trailing 37-14 with 7:25 to play in the third. This is total domination at the moment.
If this holds, UW has to win one of these games — at Cal, at Oregon or home against Stanford — as well as beating UCLA and WSU to get to 6-6.
UA CONVERTS QUICKLY — This one is starting to get out of hand as UA needed just six plays to convert the fumble — despite two penalties that moved it back 10 yards. Grigsby scored on a 4-yard run and Arizona now leads 37-14 with 10:09 to play in the third quarter.
HUSKIES START WITH A FUMBLE — After a first down via a pass interference penalty, Locker was hit and fumbled and UA has the ball at the Husky 26. One of the few times tonight UW’s tackles have been beaten off the edge. Schaefer was beaten by Elmore on the play.
FWIW —- Arizona had just 352 yards last week in the entire game at WSU.
FIRST-HALF THOUGHTS — If only the Arizona offense were as slow as my Internet connection. Sorry, but really having issues here.
But so is the UW defense, allowing an amazing 356 yards in the first half — OSU got just 353 last week including the OT periods. UW simply has no answer for UA’s offense.
Scott is 14-16 for 186 yards and Arizona has 170 more on the ground.
UW is in it solely due to an offense that has made the most of its two drives, getting TDs each time it really moved the ball.
Locker is 11-19 for 139 yards passing but does not have a carry other than two sacks for minus-16. He is obviously not running to protect the ribs.
Also, Cameron Elisara is out and seems unlikely to return. Not sure the injury but he has had issues with stingers and maybe that cropped up again. He was on the sidelines with his pads off as the half ended with Matthews in his place.
Interesting that UA took a knee with ball at its own 20 and 1:11 left. Seemed like UA could have taken some shots, but maybe Stoops just wanted to get out of the half with the lead and not do something stupid to give UW some momentum — and UA had no time outs left.
UW gets the ball first to start the second half and that is obviously key to move the ball and get some points.
AIYEWA IN — Aiyewa made the tackle on that last play so he’s able to play.
WELL, THAT WAS FAST — UW back in dangerous ground as Arizona scored on the first play of its next drive, a 78-yard run by Keola Antolin when he juked past Justin Glenn at about the 35 and went off to the races. Glenn was in for the injured Fellner and Parker was also out there in a nickel formation. It obviously didn’t work.
UW COMES RIGHT BACK — Huge drive for the Huskies to come back and take away all the momentum. UW went 55 yards, scoring on a 7-yard run by Chris Polk to cut the lead to 17-14 with 7:55 left in the first half. Chris Polk having a great game so far with 41 yards on six carries and a 10-yard gain on a screen on that drive to pick up a third-and-six, slipping a tackle that would have been for a loss to get the first down.
UA TAKES 17-7 LEAD — At the moment, the Huskies simply can’t stop Arizona’s offense. UA just moved 92 yards in 10 plays in 4:55 to take a 17-7 lead. Arizona now has 236 yards of total offense with 10:48 remaining in the first half.
Despite playing against a backup QB, UW has no answers. Scott is 10-12 for 153 yardss and also has 49 rushing on three carries.
UA LEADS 10-7 END OF FIRST QUARTER — UA has a 148-95 edge in yards and the ball, but deep in its own territory at the own 4.
A few quick thoughts:
— Locker doesn’t appear to be doing any designed running, surely to protect his ribs
— Devin Aguilar hasn’t played at all, with Bruns and J. Polk getting more snaps, so doesn’t look like Aguilar is really back at all.
— UA QB Matt Scott seems to lack pocket awareness at times but has been accurate so far, and UW will need to get more pressure on him to win this one.
MORE BEND BUT DON’T BREAK FOR UW — UA has a 152-63 edge in yards but just 10-7 on the scoreboard as the Huskies held Arizona short on a third down try to force a 29-yard field goal. The kick was good and Arizona leads 10-7 with 4:42 to play in the first quarter.
Scott is 8-10 for 126 yards and so far giving no indication there will be a huge dropoff from Foles.
WILDCATS COME BACK — Scott looks good so far, hitting 5-6 for 76 yards and leading UA right back down the field for a TD to tie the game at the 9:20 mark. It’s 7-7.
HUSKIES STRIKE FIRST — Locker hits Kearse on a 26-yard pass to take a 7-0 lead with 11:33 left. Locker rolled left out of a Pistol formation look and found Kearse open in the end zone. UW got the ball after a fumble by Arizona’s Taimi Tuogi at the 38. UW went 62 yards in four plays in 1:34.
INTERNET RUNNING REALLY SLOW HERE — Sorry, but as kickoff nears we are having the same problem, as much of the year — with 50,000 people here all on Blackberrys and whatever else, the net is really slow. So not sure what I will be able to post on here. It may be just trying to post updates each quarter.
I’ll do what I can. But if you want second-to-second updates, try our sports home page, ESPN.com, GoHuskies.com, or others.
LOCKER RUNS FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE IN PRE-GAME — Locker was with the starters during the pre-game. Aiyewa was with the second team with Fuimaono with the first team.
PRE-GAME — The buzz in the press box is the news that Jake Locker has at the least, bruised ribs, the reason he was limited in practice this week. We’ll see how that impacts his play today — will that mean more Keith Price? More reliance on other aspects of the offense?
Also is the news that Victor Aiyewa apparently won’t play, out with a knee injury with Mason Foster moving to the strongside and Princeton Fuimaono possibly getting the start.
So some early intrigue as this game gets ready to kick off here at 7:21 p.m.