GAMEDAY: Washington at Notre Dame
It's Game Day in South Bend, Ind. with the Washington Huskies traveling to face the unranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The game kicks off at 12;30 p.m. and will be televised live by NBC-TV. For more coverage information on how to follow the game live, click here.
We'll be blawging throughout the game right here, so keep refreshing your screen to get the latest inside information on the Dawgs!
Check out this photo gallery that features shots from when the team arrived at Notre Dame stadium, on the field before the game and some action from the first half!
Heading To The Field (3:36 p.m., 24-22)
Postgame duties require we head to the field. Keep in tune to GoHuskies.com for final recap, stats, photos and more.
Notre Dame Record-Setting Field Goals (3:31 p.m., 24-22)
Notre Dame's Nick Tausch connected on a 24-yard field goal with 12:23 left in the game, marking the Irish's fifth of the game. That ties the Notre Dame all-time record and is the second-most ever for a Husky opponent (the record is six by Alexis Serna of Oregon State in 2005). Washington has held Notre Dame to 2-for-10 on third down conversions.
After Three Quarters (3:20 p.m., 24-19)
Notre Dame leads the battle of statistics after three quarters. The Irish have 371 total yards of offense, compared to Washington's 321. Notre Dame has rushed for just 68 yards but Jimmy Clausen has passed for 303 (16-22-1). Locker is 16-of-24 for 203 yards through the air. Both QBs have one TD. Chris Polk leads Washington in rushing with 14 carries for 88 net yards.
"Bend But Don't Break" Defense Forces Irish Punt (3:10 p.m., 24-19)
The Husky defense has held Notre Dame to just 2-for-9 on third down. Despite the Irish holding a serious yardage advantage, Notre Dame has five field goals, one TD and two punts today.
Dawgs Hold Irish To Start Second Half (17-19)
As previously mentioned, Washington has been solid defensively in the red zone. After a 77-yard pass gave them Irish possession inside the 5-yard line, the stingy UW defense held them to a 21-yard field goal. ND is just 2-for-8 on third down in the game and has four field goals and one touchdown in five trips inside the 20-yard line.
Crazy End To The First Half (2:09 p.m., 17-16)
After Trufant's backwards pass return for a TD, Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen completes a 67-yard pass to Golden Tate for Notre Dame touchdown that made the score 16-14 Irish. After the kickoff, Washington went three-and-out and punted the ball back to Notre Dame. Donald Butler snagged his second career interception to give UW the ball with just 2:00 left in the half. On the UW's second play, Locker went back to pass and the ball was knocked loose from his hand as he was throwing the ball. The play was ruled a fumble and gave possession back to Notre Dame with 1:29 left on the clock.
The UW defense then held, with Notre Dame having fourth and 25 from their own 36-yard line - punting with :59 seconds left. Johri Fogerson fair caught the ball and the Dawgs took over at their own 30-yard line with :51 seconds left. After consecutive pass completions, the Dawgs were called for ineligible lineman downfield. Locker completed a long 29-yard pass to Goodwin with :13 seconds left. He then completed a 23-yard pass to Kearse with :10 seconds left. Locker spiked the ball to stop the clock and bring Erik Folk on for a 40-yard field goal that gave the Huskies a 17-16 lead at halftime!
Strange Days - Twice? (1:55 p.m., 14-9)
For the second week in a row, the Huskies scored on an errant backwards pass. Last week at Stanford, QB Andrew Luck's pass was picked up by Justin Glenn and he scampered 51 yards for a TD. Today, Jimmy Clausen's screen pass intended for Armando Allen was over his head. Desmond Trufant picked it up and the 17-yard-line and ran in for the score to give UW a 14-9 lead.
Huskies Solid in First Half Red Zone (1:42 p.m., 7-9)
Notre Dame has entered the Red Zone three times and each time came away with just field goals. On the year, Washington has limited opponents to just six touchdowns and nine field goals in 19 trips inside the 20-yard line. The other four ended with three fumbles and time expired once.
First Quarter Ends With UW Holding Slim Lead (1:21 p.m., 7-3)
The first quarter is over and Washington holds a slim 7-3 lead. The Huskies gained a total of 79 yards on 15 plays, but gave up 93 on 14 plays for Notre Dame. The UW featured a balanced offense with 39 rushing yards and 40 passing. Notre Dame had 52 yards rushing. The Dawgs were 3-of-4 in third down conversions, while holding Notre Dame to 1-of-2.
Huskies Hold Irish Inside Red Zone (1:02 p.m., 7-3)
Washington holds the Irish to just a field goal despite a few long runs and quick march downfield by Notre Dame. Quinton Richardson nearly had an interception on third and long in the end zone, but his foot was out-of-bounds. Notre Dame connected on a 34-yard field goal to make the score 7-3.
Washington Drives For A Score (12:54 p.m., 7-0)
The Husky offense was clinical in its first drive, going 56 yards on nine plays. Jake Locker culminated the drive with a five-yard rush for the touchdown. The Dawgs went 2-for-2 on third-down conversions, something that has worked for UW as the Huskies entered today's game ranked fifth nationally in that category.
Teams Enter The Field! (12:34 p.m.)
Notre Dame entered the field first with the Dawgs following a couple of minutes behind. Interestingly, it appears that former UW (and current ND) assistant Randy Hart must be coaching from the press box. He didn't run out with the team and isn't apparent on the sideline.
Washington is wearing white jerseys with white pants. Captains today are Jake Locker, Ryan Tolar, Donald Butler, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, along with Cole Sager and Mason Foster on the field for the coin flip.
A solid Washington contingent on hand today - approximately 4,500 or so. It was reported on ESPN.com that the UW athletic department returned a large number of tickets less than a week ago - jeopardizing a long ND streak of sellouts. UW actually returned just 12 tickets in the last 10 days.
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