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UW leads 21-12 with under two minutes to go and looks like it will survive. Lots of curious calls by SDSU coach Rocky Long that helped the Huskies survive.
The defense has mostly played well but the offense — especially the running game — largely disappeared after the first quarter. The jury still has to be considered out on the O-line after this one.
SDSU SCORES — SDSU has made it something of a game here with a 1-yard TD with 12:06 to cut the score to 21-12. SDSU picked up two fourth downs on the drive, including the TD. The drive was 71 yards in 11 plays, taking 4:27.
Maybe worse, Desmond Trufant left after the first fourth down pickup with some sort of leg injury.
ATTENDANCE — Official attendance tonight here is 53,472. Lowest for UW since the 2006 San Jose State game, 52,256.
END THIRD QUARTER — UW leads 21-6 at the end of a weird quarter in which the only points were the Shamburger fumbled return. UW leads in yards 278-186 but hasn’t done much on the ground with just 75 total rushing yards, just one in the third quarter.
Katz just had a big run to take the ball to the UW 32 as the quarter ended. So still a little bit of suspense here.
UW HOLDS — Husky defense again comes up big, stopping SDSU after one first down to get the ball back at its own 22. UW has held SDSU to 147 yards, 47 on the one trick play. The last time UW held an offense under 200 yards for a game? Nebraska (189) and UCLA (163) in 2010.
QUICK TURNOVERS — Looked like UW was ready to blow out SDSU after Travis Feeney forced a fumble of Katz that Justin Glenn recovered at the 19. But Bishop Sankey fumbled the ball away at the 8 and the Aztecs still are hanging on to a little bit of life with just under 7 minutes to play in the third quarter.
UW DEFENSE WITH THE SCORE — Right when it seemed San Diego State might be getting in the game, the defense came up with what might be the key play of the game, forcing a fumble that resulted in a 44-yard fumble return for a score by Will Shamburger.
SDSU WR Colin Lockett was hit hard by Talia Crichton and Princeton Fuimaono as he struggled for yards and the ball came out. Shamburger picked it up and raced for an easy score to make it 21-6 with 10:13 left in the third quarter. SDSU had just picked up a first down on a 14-0yard run on the previous play.
RIVA STILL OUT — We don’t see Ben Riva on the sidelines as the second half begins, so looks like he’s out for the game with whatever injury he suffered. He left late in the first half. Mike Criste has played in his place. UW was forced to punt on its first drive of the second half and SDSU has the ball at its own 20.
A COUPLE QUICK STATS — Price is 17-21 for 146 yards at the half. Not the Alamo Bowl, maybe, but not bad. Sankey 49 yards on 9 carries. Parker is the leading tackler with three. ASJ the leading receiver with 44 yards on five attempts.
SECOND HALF ABOUT TO BEGIN — Remember that UW won the toss and deferred so it will get the ball to start the second half. Obviously, a chance to really take control with a score.
FIRST HALF OVER — First half is over with UW ahead 14-6. UW leads 220-121 in yards, will get ball first to start second half.
A few observations:
— As noted earlier, Callier got hurt early and appears out for this game, and who knows how much longer. They immediately put in Erich Wilson II possibly indicating that they think Callier might be out a little while.
— The defense has played well, with 47 yards coming on the trick play. Other4wise, SDSU has just 15 passing yards.
— A few key penalties really hurt UW on the last possession of the first half with an offensive PI on Kasen Williams negating his 39-yard TD pass from Price and then a chop block call on Kendyl Taylor killing a long run by Price.
— Six true frosh have played — Jaydon Mickens and Kendyl Taylor, punter Korey Durkee, safety Shaq Thompson, defensive lineman Pio Vatuvei and Wilson.
— No real surprises in the lineups anywhere though it’s worth noting James Atoe got a series at RG in place of Tanigawa there in the second quarter.
MID-SECOND QUARTER UPDATE — With 4:54 to go in the second quarter, the score remains 14-6 UW. UW drove to the SDSU 22 on its last drive but a sack killed it and then UW got a delay when it lined up for a 51-yard field goal and punted.
SDSU then drove from its 20 to the UW 36 but the drive stalled there — a nice play by Travis Feeney in the open field to stop a screen pass helped greatly — and the Aztecs quicked kicked on fourth down to pin UW at the 7.
SDSU ON THE BOARD — The Aztecs got on the board with a 47-yard TD pass when receiver Tim Vizzi snuck on the field on the far side late and UW didn’t see him and left him uncovered. It was the first play of the quarter and Sarkisian tried to call time out but he didn’t get it called before the snap went off.
Vizzi caught the ball and ran untouched down the sideline.
But as part of SDSU coach Rocky Long’s plan to go for two every time, he went for two and UW stopped it. So it’s 14-6 with 14:51 to play in second Q.
Also, Jesse Callier has a right knee bruise and his return is doubtful.
END FIRST QUARTER — UW has a 14-0 lead at the end of the quarter and is dominating the stats, with 97 yards to SDSU’s 27. UW has 82 passing and nine rushing, SDSU has 4 passing and 23 rushing.
SDSU is driving as the quarter ended, though, with a first down at the UW 47 thanks to a couple of decent-sized runs.
UW DOMINATING — UW forced a three-and-out on SDSU’s next drive, including a sack by Desmond Trufant on third down.
The Huskies then moved easily back down the field, 65 yards total, to take a 14-0 lead on an 8-yard pass from Price to Kasen Williams (an inside screen in which Williams slipped through a tackle and into the end zone). Price is 11-12 for 88 yards with 2:35 left in the first quarter.
UW ON THE BOARD — The Huskies moved easily down the field following the turnover to score on a 2-yd run by Sankey to make it 7-0 with 9:23 to play in the quarter. The drive was kept alive on a 4-yard pass from Keith Price to Jaydon Mickens on a third down.
UW GETS A TURNOVER — The defense came through on its first challenge of the season as a Tre Watson interception stopped a an SDSU threat after the Aztecs ran the kickoff back to the UW 40. SDSU QB Ryan Katz pretty much threw it right to Watson, who then returned it to the SDSU 35.
PRE-GAME —- We’ll have a little different format here this year for our in-game coverage.
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