Sept. 15, 2007
The Washington game captains for today were center Juan Garcia, cornerback Roy Lewis, offensive tackle Chad Macklin, defensive end Caesar Rayford. Ohio State's captains were linebacker James Laurinaitis, fullback Dionte Jackson, defensive end Vernon Gholston and offensive tackle Kirk Barton.
Today's attendance of 74,927 is the third-largest in Husky Stadium history, trailing only the 76,125 vs. Army in 1995 and the 74,986 vs. Arizona State in 1997. The attendance was boosted by about 2,500 high-school band members participating in the UW's annual Band Day.
The Huskies had only one possession in the entire first quarter. Ohio State used up the first 3:25 on the clock before a missed field goal. The UW then used up 6:12 on an 11-play drive that ended with a punt. The Buckeyes then ran off the final 5:23 in the first quarter in a drive that would eventually end with a field goal early in the second.
Washington failed to score on a trip inside the opponents' red zone for the first time this season on Jake Locker's second-quarter interception. Linebacker James Laurinaitis picked off a shovel pass on a third-down play from the OSU five-yard line. The Huskies had gone 8-for-8 scoring inside their opponent's 20 prior to that play (seven touchdowns, one field goal).
Husky senior defensive tackle Jordan Reffett blocked a field goal for the second consecutive Saturday. Prior to his block vs. Boise State last Saturday, the Huskies hadn't had a blocked field goal since Larry Tripplett blocked one in the 2001 season.
By the same token, the Huskies had a field goal blocked for the second straight week. Before the Boise State game, the Huskies hadn't had a field goal blocked since the 2004 Fresno State game.
Washington's TD pass late in the second quarter -- a 23-yard toss from Jake Locker to Anthony Russo -- marked the first time all season that the Buckeyes surrendered a touchdown. OSU beat Youngstown State, 38-6 (two field goals), in the opener and Akron, 20-2, last Saturday.
After being held to just a field goal for the first 35 minutes and 23 seconds, the Buckeyes scored two touchdowns only 39 seconds apart in the third quarter, on the 68-yard pass from Todd Boeckman to Brian Robiskie followed by the 14-yard run from Chris Wells, which occurred after the UW fumbled the ball on the kickoff. In their two prior games, the Dawgs hadn't allowed a point in the third quarter.
With 102 yards rushing and 153 yards passing, Jake Locker had his first 100-yard passing day. The last Husky to both rush and pass for 100 yards was Isaiah Stanback, who did it in last season's opener vs. San Jose State (102 rushing, 163 passing).
Washington senior Tyler Jones, an economics major from Mission Viejo, Calif. won the halftime AT&T Quarterback Challenge. He connected on all five throwing targets from various distances. He won a $5,000 tuition credit from AT&T.