Game Notes From UW-California
All this year, selected players have served as "game captains" along with the regular, season-long captains. Today, the entire senior class served in that role. They joined season captains Donald Butler, Jake Locker, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Ryan Tolar. Butler and Te'o-Nesheim are both seniors.
In terms of the calendar, today's game (Dec. 5) was the latest home game the Huskies have played since they played host to West Seattle A.C. on Dec. 10, 1932. Last year, the UW played Cal on Dec. 6, but of course that game was in Berkeley.
When Cal kicker Vince D'Amato missed a 42-yard field goal on the first possession of the game, it was only the third field-goal miss by a UW opponent all season. Coming into today's game, opponent kickers were 21-for-23 on the year, with both misses coming at Arizona State.
Husky WR Jermaine Kearse, who snagged a 30-yard TD reception in the opening quarter, scored a touchdown in his fourth consecutive game. He had two each at UCLA and Oregon State and one vs. Washington State.
During the drive that led to the Kearse TD, fellow wideout Cody Bruns completed a 38-yard pass to Kearse. It was the first pass attempt of the season for Bruns, who completed 2-of-3 as a freshman in 2008.
Before the end of the first quarter, Kearse had already established a new career high for receiving yards as he made five catches for 135 yards in the opening 15 minutes alone. His old career high was 114 yards, earlier this year vs. UCLA. By game's end, he had seven catches for 147 yards.
In addition to his passing TD, Husky quarterback Jake Locker rushed for two touchdowns, both in the first half. The last time he rushed for two TDs in a game was last season (2008) vs. Brigham Young (the second game of the '08 season), when he also had two.
Washington's 21-3 halftime lead represented the largest halftime lead by the Huskies this season at 18 points. Their 21 points also tied for the Dawgs' highest first-half total of the 2009 season, matching their 21 vs. Idaho (UW led that one, 21-9, at the half).
With 94 yards today, Husky RS-freshman tailback Chris Polk finished the season with 1,113 yards, good for the seventh-best rushing total in UW single-season history.
Jake Locker threw for 248 yards today, to finish the 2009 season with 2,800 passing yards. That's good for third on the UW single-season list, behind only Cody Pickett (4,458 in 2002; and 3,043 in 2003).