GAMEDAY BLAWG - UW vs. Idaho
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The Huskies won 42-23 to snap the streak. You can follow Steve Sarkisian's press conference live (premium content) by clicking here!
Fogerson scores for the second time of the day, punching it in from 3-yards out to give Washington the 41-16 lead. It is looking more and more like the streak (what streak?) will be over and Steve Sarkisian will get his first career win as a college head coach.
End of Three:
Marques Tuiasosopo is today's Husky Legend! You can read about him here. Tui is also an asistant strength and conditioning coach and has sideline duties for the team today.
After three, the Huskies are down in total yards 318 to 300, but maintain a 35-16 lead.
De'Maundray Woolridge caps an 11-play, 65 yard drive that spanned 6:11 of the clock with a three-yard plunge up the middle. The score is now 35-16 and totatl offense is 303 for UW and 293 for Idaho. The Husky offense will need to sustain a lengthy drive here to get the defense a little bit of a break.
Another Husky makes the first big play of their career, this time Chris Izbicki, who catches a pass in the end zone for a two-yard touchdown. A great moment for Izbicki who struggled in his first two years to find a niche with the team! Washington now has five TD's in five possessions and leads 35-9.
Chris Polk punched it in from 1-yard out to cap a four play 21 yard drive, which comprised of a 3rd and 10 conversion on a 20-yard pass from Locker to D'Andre Goodwin. For Polk, it was his first career touchdown. Goodwin has three catches for 83 yards on the day. The UW leads 28-9.
Interesting start to the second half:
Not a good start to the second half with a fumble on the opening kickoff by UW. With Idaho knocking on the door right out of the gate, junior linebacker Mason Foster stepped in front of a Nathan Enderle pass and returned it 54 yards down the left-side line to the Idaho 21.
End of 1st half:
Trey Farquhar capped a 61-yard drive during the two-minute drill with his third field goal of the game, a 34-yarder. At the half, Washington leads 21-9.
Overall observations, the Husky offense looked excellent and had little trouble moving the ball on their three possessions. They racked up 246 yards of total offense to 221 from the visitors. Locker was a very efficient 12-for-17 for 183 yards and two TD's. Chris Polk had 10 carries for 44 yards to lead all rushers.
Defensively, the Huskies were able to get tons of pressure from their line early on in the first couple of drives. Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle had lots of success when given time, connecting on 16-of-22 passes for 202 yards.
Three Husky possessions so far, three Husky touchdowns. This time, on 3rd and 1, Locker faked the handoff up the middle and and hit a sprinting James Johnson, who beat two defenders, for the 31-yard TD strike. Locker is 12-for-17 for 183 yards with two TD passes and one rushing. UW leads 21-6.
• True freshman Jordan Wallace made his Husky debut as did offensive lineman Mykenna Ikeharra this quarter -- Wallace on special teams and Ikeharra on the offensive line.
• Washington is 7-for-8 on third down conversions.
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim ensures that Idaho will have to settle for a 28-yard field goal when he collected his first sack of the 2009 season and the 20th of his career.
10:47 (second quarter):
The Huskies executed a screen play to a tee for a 24-yard Johri Fogerson touchdown. The offensive line let the blitzing Idaho D-line through and Locker dumped the ball off to Fogerson, who had three blockers ahead of him and just two defenders to beat. He went virtually untouched into the endzone to score his first career TD.
After getting inside the Husky redzone, back-to-back penalties left the Vandals on their heels and eventually had to settle for a 44-yard field goal, which Trey Farquhar converted.
De'Shon Matthews had to be helped off the field. He was in the Idaho backfield wreaking havoc, a theme of the first quarter so far. The Husky defensive line, while not having been credited for a sack yet, has caused three holding penalties by the Idaho O-line and raised chaos for the Vandals. Overall, Idaho has 7 penalties for 63 yards.
True freshman Talia Crichton makes his Husky debut in the second Husky defensive series.
The Jake Locker show was on display for all to see in the Huskies' opening drive. He marched the team down the field 97 yards and capped it off with a 3-yard bootleg scamper into the end zone. He was 4-for-8 on the drive for 68 yards, highlighted by a 38-yard pass on 3rd and 14 to D'Andre Goodwin in which he had to run circles around the pursuing Idaho defensive line. Chris Polk also shined on the drive rushing for 28 yards. UW leads 7-0!
Additional note, that was the longest drive since UW went 97 yards against Arizona in 2007.
First four offensive plays run by UW were all to Husky running backs, two rushes and two pass attempts, one just completed for a first down to Johri Fogerson.
Couple notes from the Huskies first defensive stand, Justin Glenn started at safety, Kelani Aldrich at defensive end and Vonzell McDowell at cornerback.
And from offense, the Huskies are coming out with a two tight end set.
Band Day is in full swing at Husky Stadium. Approximately 3,500 band members from about 35 schools around the Northwest are in attendance. The Husky Marching Band is on the field solo right now, but will be joined by all the other bands in a moment for the national anthem.
The Huskies and Idaho are on the field warming up for the game! 52:00 minutes on the clock. Defensive end Darrion Jones is out for today's game. The coaches will rest him up today and hope to get him back next week for USC.
Click here to check out some photos taken from outside the stadium a few hours ago.
It's just under 3 hours until kickoff and per usual on gameday Saturday's, Husky fans are starting to gather in the parking lots around the Stadium to tailgate. Several of the parties have obviously been here for hours already and decked out their spots. The ingeniouty of Husky tailgaters can rival any college's fans in America.
Boats are also pouring through the cut and beginning the sailgate process. I have never sailgated personally but it is on my Husky-bucket-list.
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