DAWG BLAWG: LSU Wins 31-23
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Huskies Fall 31-23:
Valiant effort by the home team tonight, but ultimately, LSU's speed and poise down the stretch helped them win. You can watch Steve Sarkisian's post-game press conference by clicking here, but you must have a paid subscription to watch.
9:54 - BLAWG hiatus due to work duties. Back later
End of 3:
Corey Dillon is tonight's Husky Legend.
Attendance is 69,161.
UW is 11 points down, but by no means out of the game. They have been able to move the ball at times, but struggled in the third quarter. They'll have to be able to start moving the ball here to get some momentum back on their side.
Clock - 5:50:
LSU takes a 24-13 lead after a 39-yard hook up between Jordan Jefferson and Terrance Toliver, the second time this evening they have connected. Dawgs find themselves down by 11 points.
Third Quarter - 6:31
After a relatively slow first half, things are moving along in the second half pretty quickly. After a 3-and-out by LSU, UW had the ball for a short drive before stalling. Now LSU is marching into Husky territory. If you aren't at Husky Stadium or watching at home, you are missing a great game so far!
The Husky Alumni Marching Band is playing Jimmy Buffett right now.
A 37-yard field goal by Erik Folk as the clock expired narrows LSU's lead to 17-13.
The big difference is the game are two big Husky turnovers in the first half, one which gave up a touchdown and another that came with the Huskies knocking on the door for at least a field goal attempt.
After a shaky start, Jake Locker finished the first half with 183 yards passing on 11-of-20 attempts. The real nice discoveries of the first half were Chris Polk, who ran for 82 yards on 12 carries. Also, true freshman James Johnson led the UW with four receptions. Also, you have to give a thumbs up to the offensive line for busting holes open for the Huskies.
The defense also had a good first half. UW has 296 total yards of offense, while LSU has 160. Besides the big play for a touchdown late in the second quarter, they have done a very admirable job.
Clock - 1:15:
The Tigers jumped back on top with a 45-yard TD strike by Jordan Jefferson to Terrance Toliver. LSU now leads 17-10 with 1:15 remaining.
Clock - 3:49:
Four Husky true freshmen have played so far: James Johnson, Desmond Trufant, Demetrious Bronson and Semisi Tokolahi.
Clock - 5:51:
The Huskies are six of seven on third down conversions.
Clock - 12:03:
Personal fouls in two of the last three plays by the Huskies' defense has helped LSU march the ball down field. But the Huskies are hoping to catch a break of their own as Charles Scott appeared to have fumbled on the very next carry and the officials will review the play. THE HUSKIES WON THE REVIEW! Washington football.
13:50 - 2nd quarter:
Erik Folk hit a 34-yard field goal, his first career attempt, to knot the game up at 10-10. On second and long, it looked like LSU got away with interference on James Johnson, and Willie Griffin ran the ball just one yard short on third down, forcing UW to settle for the three.
End of 1st quarter:
It was a long one and the big plays so far stand to be the two Husky turnovers. But, one of the nice revelations, was the running of Chris Polk, who gained 66 yards on seven carries.
Clock - 5:49:
First LSU got three back with a 24-yard field goal by Josh Jasper. The Huskies had a great defensive stand after allowing LSU to march all the way down to the five-yard line and were held out of the end zone. LSU's Jacob Cutera then picked off Jake Locker's first pass of the ensuing drive and took it back 29-yards for the go-ahead score. It is now LSU 10, UW 7.
Clock - 8:12:
Darrion Jones had to be helped off the field with an apparent right leg injury. Kelani Aldrich came into replace him.
Clock - 10:35:
10 play 85 yard drive capped by a Jake Locker to James Johnson 17-yard touchdown!!! Johnson's first career catch is a big one. The Huskies are all huddled on he sideline together and ready to unveil their 2009 defense. UW 7, LSU 0.
Momemnt before kickoff. The Huskies won the toss and elected to receive. At about the 25 yard line senior linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo gathered about 15 of the Polynesian players and got the group pumped up for the game. Let's get this game rolling!!!
The National Anthem has just been completed by the Husky Marching Band and we're just moments away from both teams taking the field and kicking off the 2009 season. The captains are taking the field right now for LSU and the UW captains should be shortly behind.
Both are on the field doing team drills. The Husky Marching Band is starting to gather and ready to take the field! Almost time for Husky fans to get in your seats! 27:00 minutes on the scoreboard clock.
Starting lineups are being shown on the JumboTron and it is pretty cool, as each player is introducing themselves.
LSU is leaving the field right now with 24:00 minutes on the clock!6:35 p.m.:
An hour before kickoff and some fans are already in the stadium. The parking lot is packed with fans and there is a line to get into The Zone.
On the field there are several players from both squads, mostly special teams players and quarterbacks. LSU's band just arrived and was greeted by their contigent warmly of course. Just a few more minutes before all players will be taking the field for warm ups!
In news outside of the game, former Husky safety Lawyer Milloy signed with the Seattle Seahawks toda!
Well, the parking lots and The Zone are starting to get jumping. Just two hours from kickoff!
About an hour ago I went through the locker room, down the Husky tunnel onto the field and cruised over to the zone. I got some pictures, including inside the locker room, the Curtis Williams memorial, shots of the field and pictures of the zone.
I have to say, The Zone is going to be a GREAT alternative for those who want to tailgate closer to the Stadium. There are some excellent choices for eating, KJR is stationed in there as is KUBE, playing some tunes. There are plenty of activities for kids and adults as there is a huge covered beer garden. Also, there are suites that are set up for groups.
Take a look at the updated Pre-Game Photo Gallery that now includes photos of all the above described!
I arrived at Husky Stadium around 2:30 and things are starting to pick up. Cruised around E-11 and E-12 with the iPhone and took several shots of the tailgating in the parking lot.
Click Here to view the early festivities from the parking lots around Husky Stadium.
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