GAME OVER —- It ends 52-13. UW outgains PSU 429-261. Next up, Stanford on Sept. 27.
UW STOPPED ONE LAST TIME — The Huskies drove to the PSU 19, but the drive ended there as a pass on fourth down fell incomplete.
The score remains 52-13 with 3:29 left.
PSU GETS ON THE BOARD — Portland State is still playing hard and used an interception to get good field position and then drove 43 yards for a TD to make it 52-13 with 10:28 left in the game. A few UW defensive starters still out there, but also lots of subbing.
THIRD QUARTER HAS ENDED — It’s 52-6 here as the third quarter ends. The offense under Brown has been a little sloppy and the Huskies have not gotten a drive going sine Price left. But UW has the ball again after a Justin Glenn interception.
UW has 359 yards to 216 for PSU, 162-68 rushing.
Walter Bailey being honored as the Husky Legend as I type this.
Official attendance today is 54,922.
THERE GOES THE SHUTOUT — A 70-yard TD pass, on which Marcus Peters was the cornerback beaten, ends the shutout. But the PAT was predictably blocked so the score is 52-6 with 7:48 left in the third quarter.
UW AN EASY DRIVE TO START SECOND HALF — UW had an easy drive for another score as the third quarter began, concluding with a 6-yard run by Bishop Sankey to make it 52-0. UW is obviously going to try to get the running game going in the second half — it has 143 rushing yards right now.
Keith Price played that series but it looks like Derrick Brown will be in on the next series.
A FEW FIRST-HALF NUMBERS — The big number here is obviously the score, UW leading 45-0. That dominance is also reflected in most of the numbers as UW has a 261-137 edge in yards, and 14-6 in first downs.
UW has a 95-69 edge in yards, helped greatly by a 31-yard run by Erich Wilson II in which he was hemmed in, then cut back across the field and found a lane.
Keith Price is 12-17 for 150 yards and three touchdowns and UW has 166 passing yards including the 16 on the Travis Coons fake punt.
John Timu, Shaq Thompson and Princeton Fuimaono lead UW in tackles with five each. Thompson also has a blocked field goal that led to a touchdown.
FIRST HALF OVER, UW LEADS 45-0 — A Travis Coons field goal with three seconds left made it 45-0 and tied UW record for points in a half.
But Sarkisian was far from happy as the half ended, gathering the team around him and giving it the proverbial riot act for a minute or two as the half ended.
Asked in his halftime radio comments on KJR what he told the team there he said: “We don’t play that way. We don’t hit guys out of bounds. We don’t taunt opponents. We don’t do that kind of stuff and I wanted to make sure the message was clear.”
Asked his thoughts on the half he said he was pleased by “the big play stuff” and that the red zone execution was better and “our ability to make plays when we needed to on fourth down.”
Asked about the remade offensive line he said they are “doing okay.”’ He said of the team in general that “we need to play a cleaner game.”
He was obviously clearly miffed about a late hit on Justin Glenn on a PSU returner on the last kickoff the half.
AND NOW IT’S 42-0 — UW another quick score on a 21-yard interception return by Marcus Peters. Now 42-0 with 6:27 left in first half. McDonagh dropped the snap then threw late on an out and Peters was right there and picked it off and returned it for the score.
HUSKIES NOW UP 35-0 — A total rout here now as Price hit ASJ for a 16-yard TD with 6:44 to play in the first half. That came after Price had hit ASJ for 40 yards to get the Huskies into PSU territory. As might be expected, PSU simply has no matchup for Seferian-Jenkins and UW is taking advantage. Price with three touchdown passes in first half.
UW NOW UP 28-0 — Shaq Thompson blocked a 33-yard PSU field goal attempt and Tre Watson returned it 79 yards for a touchdown. UW now 28-0 here with 10:45 left. That’s PSU’s backup kicker as the regular was hurt and the play was a little slow developing and UW took advantage. The blocking was also horrid and Thompson broke through pretty easily.
This game is officially now the hoped-for rout. And UW with a huge edge in special teams with the recovery of the onsides kick, a successful fake punt and now the blocked field goal.
FAKE PUNT INFO — The pass by Coons was UW’s first pass on a fake punt since the 2010 Apple Cup when Kiel Rasp hit Jermaine Kearse in what was a key play in leading the Huskies past the Cougars. That play went for 30 yards.
HUSKIES BLOWING IT OPEN — UW used the boost from fake punt to easily move down field and score on Price pass to Kasen Williams from 3 yards out. 21-0 UW, 12:17 left in first half. That was 12 plays, 65 yards in 6:36. Running game still not really doing a lot but PSU’s secondary is not very good and Huskies are taking advantage with 104 passing yards so far.
END FIRST QUARTER — It’s 14-0 Huskies but UW is driving for more thanks to a 16-yard pass on a fake punt from Travis Coons to Sean Parker that takes the ball to the PSU 32. UW appeared stopped but Coons rolled right then threw left to a wide open Parker.
UW has 110 yards in the first quarter to 50 for PSU, and has a 35-32 edge in rushing, 75-18 edge in passing.
LATE FIRST QUARTER UPDATE — It’s 14-0 with 6:28 to play in first quarter. UW was just held three and out after a holding penalty on Seferian-Jenkins negated a long pass from Price to Mickens. PSU used a facemask penalty on Josh Shirley to get into UW territory but was stopped on fourth and one at the UW 41 when Fuimaono sniffed out a short pass and stopped it for a 5-yard loss.
UW UP 14-0 — UW another quick score on a 20-yard pass from Price to Campbell — first career TD for Campbell. 14-0 with 11:15 to play in first Q. Two-play, 35-yard drive for Huskies in 40 seconds. Price looks sharp against a struggling PSU secondary.
PSU THREE AND OUT — Vikings three and out on their first drive, including another penalty for a team that has been sloppy.
With Crichton out, Tokolahi getting start at DT and Hudson moved out to DE. Shamburger also played, so he’s recovered well enough from his eye injury.
And Marvin Hall returned the punt for his first career action as a Husky.
UW TAKES EARLY LEAD — UW on the board on a 15-yard draw play run by Sankey. PSU failed onside kick and two penalties helped as UW drives 46 yards easily.
Sankey had two carries for 24 yards on the drive and Price a completion of 12 yards to ASJ.
DiAndre Campbell started at one WR spot and Cody Bruns also in there early as Jaydon Mickens and Kendyl Taylor not getting the time early that they did last week.
TANIGAWA OUT WITH KNEE INJURY — Gregg Bell of UW’s official web site has Tweeted that Colin Tanigawa indeed has a knee injury. We obviously may or may not learn the severity at some point.
BEAUTIFUL DAY — Weather remains perfect as kickoff nears.
PRE-GAME — Check through the chat below for lots of pre-game notes.
Of most interest today may be the offensive line. Colin Tanigawa and Erik Kohler are not playing.
Based on warmups, the starting offensive line appears to be — from left to right — Micah Hatchie, Dexter Charles, Drew Schaefer, James Atoe and Mike Criste.
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