Sept. 10, 2005
By Benton Strong
For the second straight week, a Husky put up career numbers in an otherwise frustrating game. Sonny Shackelford started off the game with a 56-yard touchdown reception on the first play from scrimmage, a play that had it looking like it would be the Huskies day.
Shackelford, a junior from Beverly Hills, hooked up with quarterback Isaiah Stanback a career-best six times for 124 yards and the touchdown. It was the first 100-yard receiving game of his career and the 56-yard strike was also the longest catch of his career.
His first two catches totaled 101 yards, one going for a touchdown, the other setting up a field goal. At that point the Huskies were still in the game and the passing game was flourishing.
Even though the success didn't last the entire day, Shackelford is still ready to compete the rest of the season.
"I'm still hot because we still have the whole rest of the season," he said. "Everybody is ready for next week."
The entire passing game made improvements as Stanback completed 22 of 39 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Coach Tyrone Willingham expressed his pleasure with the progress, but stayed cautiously optimistic.
"I think our quarterback had some ups and some downs," Willingham said. "But I continue to overall like what I see."
Shackelford also talked about the team's, "peaks and valleys," but was adamant in saying that the team needs to be up all the time. He made it clear that this team has some work to do.
"It's hard as a team, period, to come out week after week and lose, to be honest," he said. "We've got to come out and get act together and start winning some games."