UW FALLS TO 1-1 — Time is running out on this one. I’ll have more later, but the upshot is UW is now 1-1 and plays Portland State next Saturday needing a solid win to get some momentum going heading into conference play.
LSU NOW UP 41-3 — Another methodical scoring drive has LSU up 41-3 with 8:04 left. And for any UW fans who may be angry that LSU’s starters are still out there, the Tigers obviously have national title hopes and can use this win to be as decisive as possible in case that matters later.
THIRD QUARTER OVER — Third quarter over, LSU ahead 34-3. UW has now gone six straight quarters without an offensive touchdown.
However,, the Huskies are driving, with a third and five at the LSU 34 as the quarter ends. Third quarter pretty much more of what was seen in the first half — LSU just better up front.
TIGERS ADD ANOTHER — That was a 10 play, 73 yard drive that ended in a 32-yard pass from Mettenberger to a really wide open Kadron Boone. That makes it 34-3 with 2:51 to play in the third.
Worth noting on that drive that Thomas Tutogi was in at MLB, and he had a couple of good plays. Could be something we see more of as the Huskies look for some heft in the middle of the defense. LSU with a 365-99 edge in yards, and 180 to minus-2 rushing.
LSU STRETCHING IT OUT NOW — For a brief moment in the third quarter it looked like the Huskies might have some life when cornerback Tre Watson picked up a dropped lateral pass and returned it 70 yards for a score. But after a lengthy review, the officials said the play was an incomplete pass. Three plays later Kenny Hilliard scored on a 3-yard run to put LSU ahead 27-3 with 10:35 to play in the third quarter.
That drive followed another three and out for the Huskies, and the rout is obviously now on.
A COUPLE QUICK NOTES — Not sure if it was noticed but DL Pio Vateuvei got a couple of plays at fullback on that last drive.
And here are UW’s first half drives:
4 plays, 4 yards
3 plays, 2 yards
3 plays, 0 yards
5 plays, 9 yards
3 plays, minus-2 yards
6 plays, 16 yards
9 plays, 29 yards
HALF ENDS WITH LSU AHEAD 20-3 — The Tigers took a few knees to end the half, happy to go into the locker room ahead 20-3.
It’s been pretty much total domination for the Tigers who have a 232-70 edge in yards, 103 to minus-11 on the ground (changed from earlier).
Pretty much the only real analysis of this one needed is that the Tigers are just a lot stronger and faster than the Huskies — or were in the first half, and that’s not usually something that changes real quickly.
UW will get the ball first to start the second half, hoping to score an offensive touchdown for the first time since the first quarter of the SDSU game.
LSU UP 20-3 — Another minor victory for UW to hold LSU to a field goal there. Still, it’s now 20-3 and LSU in complete control with 5:03 to play in the first half. LSU has a 236-39 edge in yards, 13-2 in first downs.
LSU UP 17-3 — It could have been worse there but UW with a bit of a victory as it stops LSU at the 1 and the Tigers decide to kick a short field goal to take a 17-3 lead with 10:02 to play in a slow-moving first half. Marcus Peters was in on that last series as the third CB in place of the injured Greg Ducre. UW also played its bigger defense (or jumbo package) for much of that last drive and it held up there on the last three plays, at least, to keep the Tigers out of the end zone.
FIRST QUARTER OVER — LSU leads 14-3 at the end of the first quarter and the Tigers have been dominant since the first few plays.
LSU has a 114-18 edge in yards and the Huskies have just one first down, their three points coming after a recovery of a fumble on the opening kickoff.
Keith Price is 5-13 for 21 yards as the passing game is not in sync and UW’s receivers can’t much separation from LSU’s DBs.
LSU starts the second quarter with the ball and another TD here could end the suspense pretty early.
LSU UP 14-3 — LSU a methodical drive for the TD and a 14-3 lead going 47 yards on seven plays, all runs. Physical dominance starting to show. And punting giving LSU short fields also hurting. Key here now for UW to mount a drive.
UW BACK ON OFFENSE — Thanks in part to chop block penalty, UW forces LSU punt. Huskies will take over at their 20 with 7:10 left in a slow-moving first quarter.
ANOTHER PUNT FOR HUSKIES — UW another three and out — still no first downs — and another punt. And Kohler left with right leg injury. Criste in at RT.
LSU TAKES 7-3 LEAD — After UW went three and out and got a bad punt, LSU made it look easy needing two plays to go 38 yards as Alfred Blue runs 21 for the score to put LSU ahead 7-3 at 11:18 mark.
UW DEFENSE PASSES FIRST TEST — UW forced an LSU three and out the first time the Tigers had the ball but a good LSU punt forces UW to take over at its own 4.
HUSKIES SCORE FIRST — Travis Coons has UW ahead 3-0 as he hits a 34-yard field goal with 14:03 to play. UW recovered an Odell Beckham fumble on the kickoff. Taz Stevenson forced it and Thomas Tutogi recovered at the 20. UW threw three times but a drop by Sankey on second down hurt and then a third down pass to Mickens in the end zone was incomplete.
UW WINS COIN TOSS — And defers.
WEATHER AT KICKOFF — It’s 83 degrees with winds out of the north at 9 MPH. And 69 percent humidity.
UW WEARING GOLD HELMETS — Purple jerseys and white pants.
TICKETS SOLD — Washington sold 5,300 tickets for the game through its ticket office. But appearances made evident that a few more UW fans found other ways of getting into the game.
PRE-GAME — It’s about a half hour to kickoff. As was the case last week, I will post some notes on here as the game goes on. I can’t do a play-by-play, however, so what I do here will be more of highlighting key moments/events, recapping at the end of quarters, etc.
The officiating crew is from the SEC and is led by Ken Williamson.
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