Clearing out the notebook while also clearing out the cobwebs on a Sunday morning. …
— It can’t be said that the Huskies don’t know how to win the close ones. They are now 6-1 in games decided by three points or less under Steve Sarkisian, and have won four in the past two years. The only loss in that category under Starkisian was the 24-23 defeat at UCLA late in the 2009 season. UW is also 7-3 in games decided by a touchdown or less under Sarkisian.
— Bo Levi Mitchell’s 69 pass attempts were the most ever against UW. The previous high was 59 by BYU’s Kevin Feterik in 1999.
— Mitchell’s 473 yards were tied for third with Major Applewhite of Texas in the famous 2001 Holiday Bowl. The only ones to top that were Feterik’s 500 yards in 1999 (a game that was the first for Rick Neuheisel as UW’s coach) and the 510 of Arizona’s Willie Tuitama in the Wildcats’ comeback win in Seattle in 2007. It was just ahead of the 469 of Oregon State’s Jonathan Smith in 1998.
— UW has now won five games in a row for the first time since the end of the 2000 and beginning of 2001 seasons, when it won 12 in a row. It’s won those games by a combined 35 points, three by a touchdown or less.
— To clarify, since I have gotten the question a lot, six true freshmen played yesterday — Kasen Williams, Bishop Sankey, James Sample, John Timu, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Danny Shelton. Sankey was in the game early and it was announced at one point that he had a carry (which is why I wrote it on here initially). But the official box score changed that to Jesse Callier and Sankey did not have any stats.
— It kind of got lost in the shuffle, but Erik Folk’s 53-yard field goal was actually the longest ever by a UW player in Husky Stadium. It was the fourth-longest field goal in UW history, but the other three all happened on the road (the longest is 56 by John Anderson at UCLA in 1999). A couple of opposing players have kicked longer field goals at Husky Stadium, the high being a 60-yarder by Stanford’s Kenneth Naber in 1977.
— To those asking about injuries, we won’t get any updates until Sarkisian’s press conference tomorrow. Nothing was portrayed as overly serious. Keith Price suffered a sprained knee but continued to play and said he expects to not miss any time in the future. Sarkisian said it’s a sprain and not a tear of any kind and that they know exactly where it is so the was not worried that it might evolve into something worse. Jermaine Kearse suffered a sprained ankle and said he’ll be back this week. He said his foot got stuck in the turf. It was portrayed as not being a high ankle sprain, so not as severe as that suffered by Quinton Richardson recently. Greg Ducre and Justin Glenn suffered cramps which is why they were out of the game late. Cort Dennison suffered a thigh bruise, and the Tacoma News Tribune reported that Garret Gilliland suffered a concussion.
— Stats after the first game of a season are notoriously misleading. But UW’s stats don’t look real great in any area other than special teams and turnover margin. As might be expected, UW is last in the nation in pass defense in terms of yards allowed (only 112 ranked at the moment with some teams still to play).
— Didn’t get this linked last night, but Eastern WR Brandon Kaufman called the Huskies “an arrogant group” in this column from John Blanchette.
— A few other Pac-12 links to pass along:
— Bruce Feldman says the Pac-12 seems lacking.
— As might be expected, T.J. Simers wonders what’s going on at UCLA.
— While LA Times colleague Bill Plascke wonders the same about USC.
— And George Schoreder says Oregon proved it’s not yet truly elite.
— Ted Miller has UW going to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
All for now.