UW vs. SDSU Game Recap

Well the season is off and running and there is a lot to talk about so let’s get right to it!

The Huskies began the season with a win, beating the San Diego State Aztecs by the score of 21-12. Something I thought I wouldn’t say for quite some time, but the Husky defense looked much better than the high octane offense that us Dawg fans have grown accustomed to. But a win is a win, so we’re all smiles here at SS&O.

The Offense:

It was somewhat a mixed bag to take away from the game Saturday night. I think we can all agree that Austin Seferian-Jenkins is the real deal. I understand that he was extremely good as a freshman last season, but he is now the focal point of the offensive game plan, alongside Kasen Williams. ASJ hauled in nine receptions for a total of 91 yards. It took at least two defenders just to take him down. He will demand a load of respect from defenses from now on, and if they fail to notice his capabilities, he will punish them repeatedly.

Kasen also had a nice game, making six catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. On that scoring play I thought Sark was excellent with the play call, using Williams in the backfield and motioning him out into the flats to set up the screen. It was great how Kasen hid himself from the defense by crouching behind the Huskies O-line, making it hard for the Aztecs to adjust once he was put in motion. Williams did have a catch negated in the first half due to an offensive pass interference call (to the displeasure of the Husky faithful), but after watching the replay, the zebras got it right. He created clear separation from the defensive back by using both arms to push off.

The rushing attack for the Huskies wasn’t anything great, but it had its moments. The boys in purple suffered a setback when Jesse Callier went down with an apparent knee injury. It seemed as though he just got tripped up on his own after receiving a catch. He is scheduled to have an MRI and hopefully it won’t be anything that keeps him out for too long. In his stead, Bishop Sankey assumed the bulk of the rushing load, carrying 22 times for a total of 66 yards and a score. Erich Wilson II saw a few carries as well, breaking one of them for 17 yards. Still not really who you want as your number two back if we find Callier to be out for an extended period of time, but good for him as well as Willis Wilson for getting some meaningful carries in there.

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UW Football Bye Week Report Card

The first five games for the UW football team warrant a variety of adjectives. After escaping embarrassment against Eastern the word was “scary”. After Hawaii torched UW’s secondary the word was “vulnerable”. If an FCS team and a WAC team could rip the secondary to shreds like an issue of Skyline High School’s “The Forum”, who knew what kind of damage could be done by some of the offenses lurking on UW’s schedule. No one felt comfortable heading into Lincoln, Nebraska as the Dawgs took on a top ten team in a notoriously raucous environment. Another embarrassing performance by the defense later and the Dawgs lost 51-38 and gave up more than 300 yards on the ground to the Cornhuskers. A report card at that juncture of the season would have been much more bleak than this one will be.

Alas, the Dawgs came home for some home cooking against Cal for their first Pac-12 test. The UW defense performed stunningly in the second half and closed the game by stopping Cal at the goal line to ice the game, winning 31-23 and moving to 3-1 heading into a tough road test against Utah.

Or so we thought.

The Huskies came into Salt Lake City against the Utes (who really don’t deserve to win until I know what the hell a “Ute” is) and took care of business. The pregame chatter heading into the game centered around Utah’s pro style offense led by prolific RB John White IV and dynamic QB Jordan Wynn. Well, White ended up with zero rushing yards in the second half and Wynn was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury. The UW defense simply was out to make plays from the very beginning. The first play of the game was a forced fumble on the kickoff picked up by Jamaal Kearse for a touchdown. That set the pace for what would be a long day for Utes’ fans as the team was held to a grand total of 17 rush yards and turned the ball over three times. Keith Price stole the show again with another 3 TD passes, which is Price’s fifth straight game with at least 3 TD’s through the air. Chris Polk absolutely battered Utah’s defense, going off for 189 yards to demoralize them in the second half. The Dawgs came out with a dominating 31-14 victory, only made so close by a Utah touchdown with 0:07 seconds left on the clock. Coach Steve Sarkisian called the game one of the biggest wins in his tenure at UW due to the dominating performance defensively and the commitment to running the ball on offense to finish games.

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UW vs. Hawaii Game Recap

The opening week game against Eastern Washington put questions in a lot of Husky fans minds (nevermind that Eastern lost 30-17 at South Dakota last week). But the questions were valid. The play calling looked timid, the pass defense looked like my 7th Grade Flag Football team could play better, and it took a great play by Desmond Trufant just to seal the victory against an undeniably inferior team.

You can't handle the Truf

The Hawaii game answered a couple of those questions. First of all, the offense came out firing against the Rainbow Warriors of Hawaii. No toes in the water offense, Coach Steve Sarkisian went right at Hawaii. The first offensive play of the game for Huskies tells the entire story. A play-action pass with the first read being the deep ball over the middle, but Price checked down to hit a wide open Austin Seferian-Jenkins for a 30 yard gain. Sark and Price didn’t stop there, hitting ASJ on a seam route over the middle for a 47 yard gain down to the 2 yard line where Chris Polk ran it in for a touchdown on the next play. The next two Washington possessions continued the trend of a more agressive offense trying to win instead of trying not to lose. UW scored on a Jermaine Kearse touchdown to make it 14-0 to cap off a 95 yard drive. Kearse caught a slant and took it all the way to the house for a 20 yard touchdown, making it a 21-0 first quarter lead for the Huskies. This offensive onslaught that was being put on display prompted me to tweet “Goodbye haters, UW is back” from the student section. Exactly what haters I was referring to is still a mystery.

But regardless, UW was rolling at that point. And the above picture gives me the opportunity to talk about the helmets that UW chose to wore for the game. They were phenomenal. The Dawgs came out of the tunnel for warmups wearing their customary gold helmets, but when they came out of the tunnel for gametime wearing the new whites, they looked unbelievable. But the reason behind the helmets was even more important with the “W” logo on the helmets in red, white and blue it was designed to honor the victims and heros of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and it did a fine job of that.

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Pac-12 North Preview: Washington

Let me preface this article by saying that those of you that know me may question my objectivity in this preview. I am a diehard Husky fan and no doubt will present a biased view of how they will perform this year. I’m sure many of you have heard my tried and true tagline about me and Husky Football: I haven’t missed a home game since I was two years old. 16 years of Saturdays in the fall dedicated to Husky Football. As much as that might be an indictment on my ability to objectively look at this UW team, I think it helps. I have seen UW play absolutely horrendous football over the last few years, but I can tell you all that those days are done. Without further ado.

Steve Sarkisian leads the dawgs out of the tunnel for his third year as Head Coach at UW

Washington Huskies
2010 Record 7-6, (5-4), Beat Nebraska 19-7 in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

Offense

Jake Locker is gone. I have three UW Jake Locker jerseys that are now in retirement. What could possibly be worse than the hit my gameday wardrobe collection took? UW has to break in a new quarterback for the first time in four seasons. Looking to fill the enormous void left by the #8 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft is redshirt sophomore QB, Keith Price. Price beat out the starchild Nick Montana in Spring Practice and held the job all the way through Fall Camp. Price is a very athletic quarterback but his throwing ability is nothing to laugh at. At St. John Bosco High School in Compton, California, Price threw for more yards than fellow Trinity League QB Matt Barkley.

UW

Barkley was a Five-Star recruit coming out of high school and currently stars at USC. Price received limited game action last season in mop up duty against Syracuse, Stanford, and Arizona. But Price memorably came in to throw a key touchdown in a road win at USC. Price’s key performance came against Oregon where he started in place of Jake Locker. Price performed well against the eventual National Champion Runners-up, going 14-28 with 127 yards and a TD in hostile Autzen Stadium. I would expect better than those type of numbers in Price’s full games this year. He has an accurate arm, a multitude of weapons to throw to this season, and a potent running game to go with it.

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