GAMEDAY: Huskies at Oregon State
There are a host of Huskies and their fans here in the Beaver state. As the Husky football team gets ready to take on Oregon State this afternoon at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, the UW women's soccer team is reveling in a 1-0, first-round victory over Ole Miss Friday and prepping for a showdown with Portland Sunday.
Meanwhile, also in the Rose City, the Husky women's basketball team opens its season with a game at Portland State later today at 2:00 p.m.
And, south of us in Eugene, Washington's powerful men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the NCAA West Regionals at Oregon.
Join us here for coverage of today's football game. Kickoff is set for 12:36 p.m. and you have several other options for following along: live TV on FSN-Northwest, live radio on 950-KJR in Seattle and on the rest of the Washington ISP Sports Network, or you can listen live right here via Dawg Channel All-Access.
For more of gohuskies.com's coverage of the game, check out the latest headlines by clicking here.
Still plenty of time to go here, but with the outcome not really in question, we'll step away and get ready for postgame duties. Thanks for following along today here on the Dawg Blawg. After a bye week, we'll be back for the Apple Cup Nov. 28 at Husky Stadium.
4th Quarter: C. Polk take a Locker pass for another first down and the Dawgs are constructing a nice drive here. However, flags fly before the first-down snap. This one is on the Beavers, who had a lineman make contact before the snap. First and five. After a four-yard run sets up 2nd and 1, Polk gets the first down, but fumbles, ending the drive. Just not the Dawgs' day today.
End of Third Quarter: Another solid run from Chris Polk, who drags several OSU defenders downfield for a first down. On second down, Locker is flushed from the pocket once again and dumps the ball out of bounds under pressure. On the final play of the quarter, on 2nd and 10, Polk runs around left end for seven more yards. After three periods of play, it's all Oregon State: Beavs 41, Dawgs 7.
3rd Quarter (2:40 on the clock): Dawgs force a punt from OSU, but have to take over deep in their own territory after a good boot from Beaver punter Johnny Hekker. After a loss on first down, Chris Polk gets it back on second down, but only enough to set up a third-and-nine. Huskies send four receivers wide and Locker scrambles for the first down.
3rd Quarter (5:38 on the clock): Dawgs have to punt on their next drive. Not much doing right today for the Husky offense. Locker hasn't had much time to throw. OSU takes over after a punt, looking to add to the lead.
3rd Quarter (7:31 on the clock): Beavers are sustaining a nice drive, looking to add on to their advantage. Jacquizz Rodgers has done much of the damage with a long run. He's closing in on 100 yards for the game. He finishes off the drive with a nice run for the score. With the extra point, it's now 41-7, OSU.
3rd Quarter (12:00 on the clock): Washington completes a pass from Locker to D'Andre Goodwin on first down of the ensuing drive, but a penalty costs them 10 yards. After a short gain on 1st-and-20, the Dawgs are called for a false start. But then, the Dawgs look like they caught a break as the Beavers are flagged for pass interference as an OSU defender rode James Johnson out of bounds. But, the officials pick up the flag as the pass was ruled un-catchable. Then, the Huskies take a delay of game, their third penalty of the drive. Third and 28 from the six. Locker completes to Kearse for about 18 yards, but it'll still bring about a punt.
3rd Quarter (14:05 on the clock): OSU scores on its second try from the one-yard line as Jacquizz Rodgers carries it in. 34-7 Beavers now.
3rd Quarter (14:49 on the clock): Dawgs will kick off to open the second half, having received the opening kick. And if there was any question about the momentum in the second half, OSU takes firm grasp of it as James Rodgers returns the kick 84 yards to the one-yard line before being tripped up just shy of a touchdown by Desmond Trufant. They're reviewing the play, however, to see if he might have fumbled it out of the endzone. If he didn't, it's OSU's ball on the Husky one-yard line, just 11 seconds into the third quarter. And, the call stands. OSU ball on the one.
A few halftime stats: Washington has 82 total yards (43 rushing and 39 passing). OSU has 213 (78 rushing, 135 passing). Locker is 7-for-10 for 39 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT, but has lost 24 yards on 4 carries (3 sacks). Chris Polk is a solid 11 carries for 65 yards. For OSU, Sean Canfield is 14-for-21 for 135 yards and 3 TDs (2 to James Rodgers). Jacquizz Rodgers, who left the game with a minor hip injury, has 64 rush yards on 7 carries.
Halftime: Score - OSU 27, Washington 7 -- Chris Polk returns the kick to the 30 with only 19 seconds left in the half. After a short pass, the clock runs out and that it's for the first 30 minutes of play from Reser Stadium.
2nd Quarter (0:24 on the clock): After the timeout, the Beavers throw into the endzone and Canfield connects with James Rodgers on a 10-yard TD pass. Almost headed into the locker room, momentum favors the home team in a big way. The Beavs' scoring drive took 10 plays, 70 yards and only 1:51 off the clock. Beavers lead it, 27-7 with the kickoff forthcoming.
2nd Quarter (0:30 on the clock): The Beavers are looking to get on the scoreboard one more time before the halftime gun. A long pass that would have put them deep in UW territory is dropped to set up a second down at the Husky 40. But, on the following play, Canfield hits Jovan Stevenson to get the back to the 19. Another pass puts the ball at the 10-yard line with 0:30 left in the game before OSU calls a timeout.
2nd Quarter (2:21 on the clock): Aguilar is up and off the field under his own power. On second down, Polk tries the middle but is stopped for no gain, bringing up third and goal from the three. Locker rolls right and hits Kearse in the endzone for the score, cutting the OSU lead to 20-7.
2nd Quarter (3:53 on the clock): The original call is upheld, putting the ball on the five-yard line. Easily the Dawgs' best scoring opportunity thusfar. On first down, Locker hits Jermaine Kearse with a backwards pass (ruled as a rush), and Kearse makes his way to about the three-yard line. Fellow receiver Devin Aguilar is shaken up on the play and is being attended to as we await second down and goal.
2nd Quarter (4:26 on the clock): On that second-down play, Polk takes a pitch around left end and picks up 23 yards for a first down. He gets the ball again on first down and stays going after it looked like the play was dead, running the ball to the 10-yard line. Looked to all the world like he'd been stopped shy of a first down, but his legs kept churning. A personal foul on the OSU defense put the ball on the five-yard line, but the play is being reviewed to see if Polk actually was down earlier. Either way, with the penalty, it'll be a first down for the UW, deep in OSU territory. Best drive of the game for the UW, no doubt.
2nd Quarter (4:55 on the clock): Chris Polk notches a couple of nice runs for the UW, gaining an first down on a third-down carry and then running for nine yards on the next play. However, on second down, a long scramble from Jake Locker down inside the OSU 10-yard line is negated by a holding penalty and the Dawgs face 2nd-and-11 at the OSU 49.
2nd Quarter (7:38 on the clock): The Beavers punch it in again on a six-yard pass from Canfield to James Rodgers. With the point after, it's 20-0 Beavers with 7:38 to go before halftime. Thanks in large part to sacks, the Huskies have only nine yards of total offense. Really, the UW's defense has played okay. They've faced short fields, been on the field for a long time and have held up okay. But the offense hasn't been able to help them.
2nd Quarter (10:55 on the clock): On the first play of the ensuing drive, OSU's Jaquizz Rodgers goes 42 yards to move the ball well into UW territory. Rodgers has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing for his second straight season.
2nd Quarter (11:07 on the clock): The Dawgs take a 16-yard sack on Jake Locker, putting them in a second- and third-and-long situation. Locker is then sacked once again on third down as the Huskies have to punt once again, this time from deep in their own territory. Nice, long punt for Mahan and good coverage from Nate Williams and the Beavers will start again on their own 29-yard line.
2nd Quarter (13:28): Beavers go up 13-0 as Justin Kahut connects on his second field goal of the afternoon, this one from 44 yards.
The Dawgs need to get their offense on track. So far, they've been held to minus-1 yards rushing and 24 yards passing.
End of First Quarter: After a 15-yard facemask penalty against the UW, the Beavers fumble for the third time on their final play of the quarter, but once again (as in the previous two cases), the Beavers are able to get on the loose ball and retain possession. As the first quarter comes to an end, it's 10-0 Beavers.
1st Quarter (1:39 on clock): Another three-and-out for the UW as a third-down pass attempt to Kavario Middleton is broken up. This time, Mahan's punt is a good one and the Beavers take over on their own 28 yard line.
1st Quarter (3:34 on clock): Dawgs give up one first down, but do a great job sniffing out an OSU end-around to force a field goal. However, Beavers kicker Justin Kahut splits the uprights with the field goal to make it a 10-0 OSU lead with 3:18 left in the opening quarter.
One semi-interesting note on the Huskies' kick return team is that linebacker Donald Butler is lining up deep alongside James Johnson, as a blocker. And yes, that is is Butler, not Devin Aguilar.
1st quarter (7:06 on clock): Huskies have yet to find their rhythm. After getting a first down on their third drive of the game, the Dawgs suffered a sack on a third-down play and were forced to punt. However, Will Mahan's boot came off the side of his foot and traveled only seven yards, giving OSU good field position at the UW 42 yard line.
1st Quarter (10:17 on clock): Washington has made a little change in its offensive line after the first drive. Drew Schaefer, who started at left tackle, remains in that spot, but Ben Ossai, who Schaefer replaced at LT, is in there at left guard, replacing Nick Wood.
1st Quarter (10:22 on clock): OSU takes the early lead, converting a Jake Locker interception deep in UW territory into a two-yard TD drive. Washington native Joe Halahuni (Graham, Wash.) scored the TD on a reception from Beavers quarterback Sean Canfield.
The Dawgs find themselves in an early hole, less than five minutes into the first quarter.
1st Quarter (11:50 on clock): After the Huskies go three and out and punt on their first drive, OSU's first play results in a sack from Husky DE Darrion Jones, who also forced a fumble (OSU recovered). Looks like the Beavers will also have to punt on their first drive.
Pregame (12:35): Linebacker Cort Dennison and tailback Curtis Shaw joined the regular UW captains for the coin toss. OSU won the toss and deferred. The Huskies will receive the opening kick.
Pregame (12:33): The rest of the Beavers (all but the seniors) are ready to take the field ... the Huskies have yet to make their way from their locker room, though just as I type that, a few have started to trickle in.
Almost kickoff time!
Pregame (12:28): Senior Day at Oregon State, so a bit of a delay in the proceedings as they introduce their seniors.
For the national anthem, both the Oregon State (in the form of the Beavers' "OS" logo) and Washington (in the block "W") bands were on the field, each taking up a half. As it's a bus trip rather than a flight, the entire UW band is here in full force today.
Scoreboard clock say 8 minutes to kick.
Pregame (12:18): The Huskies have returned to their locker room, which is located in Gill Coliseum (OSU's basketball arena), having wrapped up their warmup period. The stadium clock says kickoff is just 18 minutes away.
Just going by the Huskies' warmup, it would appear that Drew Schaefer will start at left tackle for the second straight game while Nathan Fellner was warming up at one safety spot, where Jason Wells started last week.
The Husky Marching Band is now on the field!
What started out as a very clear day when the team arrived in Corvallis has now slipped into overcast skies with the temperature in the high 40s. Still a nice, crisp November day the Willamette Valley.
(apologies for the loss of some of the previous updates here ... user error)
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