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September 11, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Upon further review. …

Five notes and thoughts reviewing the Hawaii game. …

1, A few of you have asked how many of UW’s passes went for more than 10 yards after the Huskies didn’t have any the previous week. I count eight — seven in the first half before the Huskies dialed it down a little bit in the second half (which also simply featured fewer possessions). That’s eight out of what were 18 completions in total for Keith Price. And six went for 20 or more yards.

2, An underrated stat in the game may be the two rushing yards for Hawaii QB Bryant Moniz, who had rushed for 121 the previous week. It’s obvious the Huskies made a concerted effort to keep Moniz in the pocket, thinking they might be better off making him play pitch-and-catch down the field with a young receiving corps than gobbling up long chunks with his legs, as he had done against Colorado. “We were trying to keep him in the pocket and make him throw the ball,” said defensive tackle Everrette Thompson. And that’ll undoubtedly be the task again this week as UW faces Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez for the third time in a year. UW got eaten up by Martinez’s running in the first game last year but had success in the Holiday Bowl keeping him in the pocket.

3, Another real key stat for UW so far is a plus-five turnover marging, getting six turnovers while losing just one (the interception returned for a touchdown by Hawaii). That ranks sixth in the nation. UW was plus-two last season, losing 17 turnovers while getting 19.

4, And here’s another underrated area UW has won so far — the kickoff coverage game. There was a lot of consternation last year about the depth of Erik Folk’s kickoffs as he had just two touchbacks in 57 attempts last year (both coming on the road). He has already equaled that number with two in 14 attempts this season, both obviously at Husky Stadium, where the ball notoriously doesn’t travel quite as well. He is averaging 64.1 yards per kickoff this year opposed to 63.0 last season. That compares to just 59.0 per kickoff for opponents. UW is averaging 25.9 yards on its own returns while holding opponents to 24.3. All of those yards — in the kickoffs themselves and the returns — add up over the course of a season.

5, Austin Seferian-Jenkins is on pace for 606 receiving yards this season. If he can truly reach that number, it would be the third-best ever by a UW tight end (or what UW lists as tight ends since I know there’s a lot of controversy over whether Dave Williams, who holds the record with 795 yards in 1965, was really a tight end. Jerramy Stevens is next on the list with 651 in 2000).

Finally, here are more highlights of the game:

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