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End of Game:
Hey, what did I miss while I was gone? WHAT??? SERIOUS. Washington did what?
Congrats to the Dawgs and Steve Sarkisian on a landmark victory!! Go Dawgs!!!
Huskies are moving the ball and on the 28 and have a 3rd and 21. Post-game duties will keep me from reporting on the Blawg for awhile, so if you're following from afar, tune into Gametracker and UW Twitter for the latest updates.
14:21 fourth quarter:
Donald Butler stops Stafon Johnson on a rush attempt on third and one to force the USC punt. Butler has nine tackles, a forced fumble and a pick in the game!
End of Three:
In what has turned into a defensive battle, USC and UW are tied at 10 after three quarters. It has been a very exciting game and will be interesting to see if UW can keep up the great defensive effort and punch one into the endzone.
The Huskies honored tight end Mark Bruener as the Husky legend. Also, attendance for the game is officially 61,889.
The Huskies make it a trifecta of turnovers in their favor with Donald Butler stepping in front of a short pass to David Ausberry for the pick. USC QB Aaron Corp tried to force it into double coverage and the Huskies were having none of that business. UW ball!
Huskies don't capitalize on the turnover and have to punt the ball away. USC will start their drive on the 42-yard line. USC is currently winning the battle of field position but have not been able to capitalize.
Perhaps in a case where amazing athletic ability can be costly, Stanley Havili caught a pass and appeared to maintain his balance and not go down. He tried to make forward progress while cradling the ball and lost control, which the Huskies jumped on to take over. The Huskies are leading the turnover battle, 2-0, with USC coughing the ball up twice in their red zone.
USC's Joe McKnight apparently hurt his left leg, causing a momentary delay in action.
The Huskies received the ball first in the second half, but went three and out.
Football fans got to see two contrasting philosophies at the end of the first half. Washington got the ball with just over two minutes remaining and chose to run the ball and go into the locker room content with a tie. They were unable to move the ball and were at 1:23 and had to give the ball back.
USC decided they wanted to try to tack more points on the board and got into field goal range before getting stuffed on a 3rd and 1. They were forced to hurry their field goal unit onto the field and try a 40+ yarder, but ultimately the clock expired and the Huskies escaped into the locker room tied with the No. 3 ranked team in the nation.
The UW will get the ball first in the second half and you would have to say they have momentum on the side. They trailed by 10 early and were able to batten down the hatches and weather the early USC storm.
The Huskies tied it up with a 28-yard Erik Folk field goal, but were inches away from having a 1st and goal instead of fourth and 4. Locker scrambled right and found Kavario Middleton on the one-yard line by the side, but Middleton had stepped out and jumped back in bounds to make it illegal touching on the Huskies. They settled for the field goal and we have a new ballgame.
Mason Foster caused the first turnover of the game, the third time this season he has been involved in a turnover by the opposition, to give the Huskies the ball back. But, a few penalties made it difficult for the UW to get anything going on the ensuing drive and they were forced to punt the ball away. I can't say enough about the job Will Mahan has done so far this season. He has great directional skills and hits the ball for a lot of hangtime.
In between quarters:
The University recognized softball player Danielle Lawrie, who won the Softball Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Honda Award. The last few days have been very busy for the team as they had an alumni game yesterday and received their National Championship rings in the Zone.
End of First:
UW got on the board right before the end of the first quarter when Jake Locker marched the Huskies down the field and scored on a four-yard run. It was important that the Huskies answered back quickly. Score is USC 10, UW 7.
Jordan Congdon puts USC up 10-0 with a 42-yard field goal. The Husky defense stepped up at the end of the drive and kept USC in check, after the Trojans were seemingly going to march down the field again. So, a moral/morale victory for the Husky defense...we'll see if Jake Locker and the offense has an answer.
The Husky drive stalled at about midfield after initially moving the ball on the ground and in the air. The USC defensive line is definitely going to provide a stiff test for the Huskies today and earned credit for two sacks on the initial drive. The UW is going to have catch some breaks today and cause some turnovers to try and help swing the momentum back towards their direction.
Way too easy for the Trojans on their first drive, as they marched down the field 80 yards in six plays and put a quick seven on the board. The Trojans' outstanding junior running back Joe McKnight punched it in from four yards out to give USC the early 7-0 advantage.
Hello Dawg fans! Both teams have run through the tunnel and we're about ready to go. The Huskies may be catching a few "breaks" today, as USC's Taylor Mays is out for the game. Starting QB Matt Barkley will take a back seat to Aaron Corp too, it appears. So, they lose a couple high school All-Americans and will plug a couple of other All-Americans to fill the hole!
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