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September 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

A few notes, a few links

Clearing out the notebook. …

— What may rank as the biggest source of concern heading into the LSU game is the running attack. UW rushed for 106 yards on 31 carries against SDSU in what was the first game of the post-Chris Polk era. Only seven times in the last three years did UW rush for fewer. And the injuries to Jesse Callier and Ben Riva only cloud the issue a little bit (Riva’s injury could result in a reshuffling of the line). UW will have to get something figured out there fairly quickly. EDITED — Fixed from earlier to change the injured players mentioned.

— On the other hand are some of the defensive numbers. First week statistical standings are obviously pretty premature. But here they are anyway, showing UW 46th nationally in total defense after one game, allowing 327 total yards. UW allowed fewer than that just twice last season (Utah, 322; and Colorado, 269). The 128 passing yards allowed was the fewest since the 2010 Holiday Bowl, when Nebraska threw for just 98 total and had 189 total yards. And the 12 points allowed were the fewest since that Holiday Bowl, as well.

— UW did end up allowing 199 rushing yards and 5.0 per attempt. For what it’s worth, 31 came on those last two plays when Ryan Katz scrambled as the clock ran out. Katz finished with 77 yards on 16 carries, typifying what was an odd game in an awful lot of aspects. More relevant may be the breakdown of SDSU’s two tailbacks, who had 118 yards on 20 carries with Walter Kazee getting 86 on nine.

— I wish I’d had time to do more on this for the paper. But as Steve Sarkisian noted after the game, he remembered being on the good side of a play similar to the one on which SDSU scored its first touchdown while at USC in 2006 and that the play came against UW. Indeed it did, a play you can see on this video here at the 5:40 mark. The play was a 20-yard pass on a fake field goal, and helped lead USC to a 26-20 win that day (the same game where the Huskies couldn’t get a final snap off in time). As Sarkisian noted, he thought the rules had since been changed to not allow such plays. He also thought he should have been granted a time out. But the time out wasn’t given, and he said the only real explanation he got was that the play was legal.

— Not sure I got this passed along or not, but UW had seven true freshmen play last night, which includes walk-on snapper Ryan Masel. The other six were receivers Jaydon Mickens and Kendyl Taylor, punter Korey Durkee, safety Shaq Thompson, defensive lineman Pio Vatuvei and running back Erich Wilson II.

— Former UW QB Nick Montana threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mt. Sac to a win yesterday. Zach Fogerson had 41 yards on five carries in that game, as well. Full stats here.

— San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Kevin Acee says he doesn’t know what Rocky Long was thinking with some of those decisions last night.

— The UT’s game story notes that SDSU’s offensive line was thought to be a real question mark going into the game and played like it.

—’s Pac-12 blog projects UW to the Holiday Bowl

— From what I can tell, no Huskies were re-signed to practices squads (full list of practice squads here).



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