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October 30, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Stanford game thread

MORE FROM SARK — Here are a few more quotes from Sarkisian:
Opening statement: “First, tip my cap to Stanford. They had a nice game plan, did a nice job. But I think in a sense the saying you’ve got to hit rock bottom before you can start going back up might hold true. We obviously hit rock bottom tonight. This is a very disappointing pergformance. I feel for our fans, they deserve better than that, and we will continue to work, trust me. We will continue to work and battle and we will get better. But as of tonight, bad loss, disappointing loss.”
On whether emotion was the issue or execution: “I’m not sure to be honest with you. I’m going to have to try to assess it all. I thought we just didn’t perform and they did. Obviously the line of scrimmage was a big factor. But we are going to assess everything and try to figure out why, how and what we can do to fix it.”
On the youth up front: “I just I don’t want to make excuses. We are better than that, I know that much. We are better than that.”
SARK SAYS HE WON’T MAKE EXCUSES — Asked about having to start two true frosh on each side of the ball, Sarkisian said that “I don’t want to make excuses. We are better than that. I know that.”
QUICK POST-GAME NOTES —- Steve Sarkisian has met the media here, and while he was cordial while talking, he then cut the session off after roughly five-and-a-half minutes. He mostly declined to get real specific about what went wrong saying he didn’t want to “rush to judgment” and that he and the coaches will “assess everything.”
He said the obvious difference was the way that Stanford dominated the line of scrimmage.
He said that “we obviously hit rock bottom tonight” and said if there is anything positive it’s from the old saying about having to hit bottom before you can go back up.
“I feel for our fans,” he said. “They deserve better than that.”
STANFORD MOVING AGAIN — The Cardinal is again moving for a touchdown.
This one is obviously over and for now, I’m ending the blog to write my story. I’ll have more later whether you want it or not.
LOCKER THROWS SECOND INTERCEPTION — He came out for UW’s first series of the fourth but after a couple completions threw a pick so Stantord has the ball at its own 28 with 13:08 to play.
UW is in serious jeopardy of its first home shutout since a 7-0 loss to Cal in 1976. UW gained 250 yards that day. It has 82 right now.


IT’S 38-0 AT THE END OF THREE — Stanford scored on the final play of the third quarter to make it 38-0.
The domination continues as Stanford has a 410-54 edge in yards.
HUSKIES HOLD AFTER INTERCEPTION — An errant Locker pass was picked off and returned to the UW 22. But the Huskies at least kept Stanford out of the end zone and the Cardinal was held to a field goal and what is now a 31-0 lead with 7:12 left in the third quarter.
Christine was back in at guard for Porter on that offensive series, and Sean Parker appeared to play some corner on the last defensive series.
DUCRE FOR RICHARDSON — At CB to start the second half. Huskies force a three-and-out.
KEYS TO THE SECOND HALF? — Usually about this time I roll out some keys to the second half here in this space. But the only key is for UW to show a little life and not allow this one to turn into an all-time embarrassment.
Mostly, UW needs to score and avoid its first shutout at home since 1976.
SO MUCH FOR THE RUNNING ATTACK — UW has exactly zero yards rushing at halftime. Polk has eight yards on eight carries. Locker has minus-eight on six carries including three sacks.
Locker is 4-9 for 35 yards passing to account for all of UW’s offense.
Luck is 13-18 for 156 yards while Stanford has 162 yards rushing on 21 attempts.
SARK’S HALFTIME COMMENTS — Sarkisian was pretty blunt in his halftime radio comments.
He said that the first half was “the worst offensive half of football I’ve ever been associated with. We’ve got to come out and fight in the second half. They dominated the line of scrimmage.”
Asked what he thought of the new-look offensive line he said that “there was a lack of execution early and lack of fight” late.
And asked if Stanford has a good OL he saide “they do. Fortunately for us our defense showed some fight the last couple series.”
HALF ENDS 28-0 — UW stopped Stanford on the last drive, Fellner picking off a pass in the end zone to end the half when Stanford called time and just flung it to the end zone on the last play.
Stanford has 318 yards to UW’s 35.
UW HAS GONE 63 MINUTES WITHOUT A POINT — Huskies last scored with 7:55 to play in the first half last week at Arizona.
UW FORCES A FIELD GOAL — And Stanford misses it so the score remains 28-0 at the 4:46 mark of the first half.
Stanford has a 291-34 edge in yards.
ANOTHER PUNT FOR THE HUSKIES — That’s five possessions and five punts for the Huskies. Stanford already in scoring position.
UW BEING RUN OUT OF THE BUILDING — This is as dominating a performance by an opponent as we have seen here — and that’s saying something considering all we’ve seen here the last few years.
Stanford just went 80 yards in 10 plays to take a 28-0 lead and this is just a rout at the moment.
Stanford has an astounding 269 yards to UW’s 32 as the Cardinal has had drives of 86 and 80. No cheap turnover-driven TDs for Stanford. This is just one team whipping up another.
UW PUNTS AGAIN — Huskies got one first down and then a personal foul penalty to move into Stanford territory at the 42. But the drive ended there as Stanford blitzed on three straight plays to tackle Locker for no gain and then force two incompletions. SU takes over at its own 20 with 13:29 left.
SU SCORES AGAIN — Stanford already in rout mode as Taylor scores on the first play of the second quarter to make it 21-0 with 14:54 to play. That was 61 yards in six plays in 2:08.
FIRST QUARTER OVER — Stanford is completely dominating as it has the ball at the UW 3 as time runs out on the quarter. The fans are booing as the teams switch sides.
SU has a yardage edge of 186-13. If Stanford scores early, I’m betting a few fans take off to go watch the USC-Oregon game.
No other explanation so far other than that Stanford has been much better in every area.
UW FORCED TO PUNT AGAIN — Huskies lose six yards on this possession, Locker sacked on third down and it’s another punt by Rasp. UW had to call time out when Fellner ran on the field late, leaving the Huskies with just 10 men. Fans booed.
STANFORD SCORES AGAIN — An easy 42-yard drive down the field nets the Cardinal another TD and a 14-0 lead with 4:20 left in the first. SU has 128 yards to 19 for the Huskies. That was six plays in 2:38. Key play a 16-yard pass from Luck to Ertz on third-and-seven, though a UW holding penalty meant the Cardinal had the first down regardless.
Already a gut check time for the Huskies.
UW PUNTS AGAIN — Three plays equalled a loss of 13 yards for UW and Stanford has the ball at the Husky 42 with 6:58 left. Locker was sacked on third down.
STANFORD STRIKES FIRST — Luck with a great fake on third-and-two keeps it and runs down the sideline 51 yards for a TD. So that’s a quick 86-yard drive and SU has a 7-0 lead with 8:37 left.
STANFORD COMES OUT THROWING — First four plays are all passes. Luck completes three of them, the other dropped, and SU has a third-and-two at its own 49.
UW FORCED TO PUNT — A false start on Barnett on third-and-one killed the drive as Polk then got just two and UW punted. Stanford takes over at its own 14.
DOMANSKI, KANCZUGOWSKI GET TIME AT TE — Those were the two TEs UW used when it went to a Wildcat with Polk to pick up a first down on its first drive. UW moving well so far.
WEATHER REPORT — Officially it’s 49 degrees with a “light” rain.
UW TO RECEIVE — Stanford won the toss and deferred so UW will get the ball first.
GAME CAPTAINS — The game captains today for UW joining the season captains are Sean Parker, Ben Riva, Colin Tanigawa, James Atoe, Micah Hatchie and Mike Crist. So obviously, that means all five of the redshirting OLs were rewarded for their work this week in practice.
TWO TRUE FROSH ON UW OL A SCHOOL RECORD — According to the school, UW has never before started two true frosh on the offensive line as it will do today with Porter and Kohler. Since ’76, only true frosh listed as starters are Ward in 97 and Pahukoa in 87.
DEFENSE AS ADVERTISED — As the defense goes through its warmups Jamora and Potoa’e are on the starting line. The rest is as advertised all week.
PRE-GAME — About a half-hour to kickoff and a pretty late-arriving crowd at the moment. Maybe 10,000 here or so in the stands at the moment.
Word is no personnel surprises for UW, unlike last week.
As discussed on the chat, I fully expect Colin Porter and Erik Kohler to start on the right side of the offensive line with Drew Schaefer at center. That’s the lineup as the team goes through warmups.
Looks as if Chris Izbicki is in street clothes and Daniel Kanczugowski appears to be the No. 1 TE in warmups. Also expect to see a lot of Marlion Barnett, as well.

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