Back from Nebraska, time to catch up on a few notes and links. …
— Here’s UW’s updated stats page, and probably no real surprises there — the defense ranks 108th overall and 115th against the pass, while the offensive numbers are a big bettter (35th in scoring at 36 points per game). UW’s numbers are certainly influenced a bit by who it has played and the style of those teams. But after three games — a quarter of the season, believe it or not — the numbers do start to reveal a few things.
— Most notable of the individual numbers may be that Chris Polk is 14th in the nation in rushing averaging 120.67 per game. That puts him on pace for 1,448 yards during the regular season, which would just better his 1,415 off last year and be the second-best in school history.
— Not included in those stats is that Keith Price is tied for the nation’s lead in touchdown passes with 11 — here’s the list.
— This isn’t trying to find things to pick at about UW, but for all the focus on the defense not getting it done yesterday, the offense was also kind of shut down during the stretch when Nebraska took control — and sure, the call negating the possible fumble recovery late in the second quarter might have changed things. UW scored on its first possession. After that, it had eight more possessions from then to the time that Nebraska took a 37-17 lead midway through the first quarter — a span of roughly 34 minutes on the clock. UW punted on five of those possessions, gaining 131 yards overall and just 40 rushing yards on 17 attempts. The only TD it scored in that time came on the 23-yard drive that followed Nebraska’s fumbled punt (the one that counted, anyway). Nebraska’s strength is its run defense, so that number maybe isn’t all that surprising. But that’s a stretch where a consistent running game could have helped things out a bit.
— If you want them, here are highlights of a number of key plays from the game.
— Some final thoughts on the UW-Nebraska game from Steven Sipple.
— Lots more Nebraska perspective from HuskerGameday.com.
—- James Johnson earned a helmet sticker from Ted Miller.
— The Huskies now will turn their attention to Cal, which had a glorified scrimmage yesterday aginst Presbyterian.
— Cal receiver Keenan Allen said the Bears “have some get-back” with the Huskies, referring to avenging UW’s win over Cal last year in Berkeley.
— Cal got a kickoff return for a TD from Brendan Bigelow, who was committed to UW for quite a while last year before signing with the Bears.
— The big college news today is that Pittsburgh and Syracuse are headed to the ACC, possibly setting off more moves elsewhere.
— Jon Wilner writes about what that might all mean for the Pac-12, including passing along a report that Texas is coming around to the idea of joining the conference.
— The Austin American-Statesman is reporting that Texas to the Pac-12 could happen soon.
— NCAA president Mark Emmert, formerly UW’s president, is urging caution when it comes to further expansion, according to USA Today.
— T.J. Simers notes it was bad news for UCLA yesterday when Tommy Lasorda left early.
All for now.