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December 1, 2007 8:13 PM

Hawaii game thread

Posted by Bob Condotta

HAVE TO DO OTHER STUFF NOW --- Sorry, I now have to devote myself to other duties but I'll check back after the game.

HAWAII TIES IT UP --- And UW has now officially blown a 21-point leade. We'll see if they can come back.

LOCKER BACK --- He took a shot to the midsection and is now back in the game.

BEND BUT DON'T BREAK NOT BREAKING --- I know it gets criticized a lot, but the whole point of this defense is not to get beat on long plays, and it's working so far in the second half as UW keeps holding Hawaii once the field shortens and Hawaii has now missed two FGs.

HUSKIES HANGING ON AS THIRD QUARTER ENDS --- A scoreless third quarter, which seems hard to believe after the way the two teams moved the ball in the first half. UW is hanging on, which I also think is a big victory considering the way the first half ended. If the running stats are right, UW held Hawaii to 21 yards in that quarter.

LOCKER READY TO GO BACK IN? --- Looks that way.

HAWAII STOPS EM --- I'm sure a lot of you have already commented about the third-and-two pass call when UW seemed to be running at will. Could be a turning point now as Hawaii blocked Perkins' field goal and now has the ball again.

LOCKER HURT --- Locker has gone out of the game with an injury of some kind. Carl Bonnell is in and picks up a key first down on a third-down scramble. UW coaches had talked about him playing at some point in this game but it had not happened until it was necessary.

LAPPANO NOT ON WSU LIST --- In case you missed this, Tim Lappano is not on the list of finalists for the WSU job, according to the Spokesman-Review.

BRENNAN'S STREAK STOPPED AT 19 --- And now a big fourth down. Hawaii calls time out.

HUGE STOP FOR UW --- Halftime seemed to lull the crowd to sleep, and the Huskies took advantage by stopping on that first drive with many fans still outside on the concourse doing whatever.

BTW --- The officials are from the WAC. This is a straight home-and-home deal with Hawaii coming to UW in a few years, so it will be Pac-10 officials then.

BRENNAN HAS COMPLETED 17 STRAIGHT --- And Hawaii will get the ball to start the third quarter, so the Husky defense will be put to the test quickly.

UW has 189 yards rushing on 30 carries while Hawaii has 94 on 10.

Locker is just 5-10 passing for 51 yards while Brennan is 22-26 for 224 and three touchdowns.

His 17 straight completions is a new school record.

Hawaii has also punted just once to three times for UW. Hawaii punted after its second series but since then has been stopped only on turnovers.

BRENNAN WAS 16-16 PASSING IN THE SECOND QUARTER --- That's pretty amazing. He threw for 179 yards and three scores in the quarter.

UW LEADS 28-21 AT HALFTIME --- Hawaii has gotten back in this one as maybe you thought they would given the struggles of the UW defense this season.

UW coach Tyrone Willingham said in his halftime radio comments that he was not happy with the officiating, saying "my biggest complaint is they are screwing it up. This is a hell of a football game and it is not being done the way it needs to be done.''

Of the defense, Willingham said UW is missing too many tackles: "We knew this was an explosive offense, what we had to do was tackle, tackle, tackle ... don't give up the big runs after the catch. Unfortunately we have allowed that to happen.''

Willingham said he was happy with the running game and that he hoped that can continue: "We've got to keep our defense off the field and the best way to do that is for the offense to stay on the field and score.''


HAWAII SCORES AGAIN --- This is getting interesting now. When the reversal of that TD was announced that was one of the loudest single roars I've heard in a long time. Hawaii now has 311 yards of offense after UW was dominating early.

HAWAII COUNTERS QUICKLY --- UW's defensive dominance has ended after those first few series as the Warriors are moving at will on the Huskies now, cutting the lead to 28-14. A big last 4:11 now as Hawaii will get the ball to start the third quarter so UW needs to maintain, or increase, this lead.

HUSKIES TAKE 28-7 LEAD --- Big drive by UW there to regain the momentum and Paul Homer was the star of that one with the big block that sprang Rankin on his 44-yard run, then his 10-yard catch that should have been a TD and then his one-yard run for the score. Locker obviously wanted Homer to get the score there as he leaped up and down, punching the air with his fist twice, as Homer scored.

GETTING WEIRD NOW --- A man dressed up as Santa Claus sauntered onto the field and strolled from one end to another before security finally got to him.

HAWAII CLOSES GAP --- But as I type this, Rankin runs 44 yards up the middle. This looms as a big drive for UW to re-establish momentum and so far, the Huskies are doing just that.

UW AHEAD 21-0 END FIRST QUARTER ---- It's all going UW's way as we end the first quarter with Hawaii losing three fumbles.UW has 131 yards, all on the ground, going 20 straight plays at one point without a pass.

RAIN IS FALLING --- And pretty hard now, a further dampening of the spirits of this crowd after UW recovers a fumble. There's a long way to go, but Hawaii has a long way to go to get in this one. UW has 123 yards, all rushing.

UW UP BIG NOW --- This is pretty shocking as the Huskies have built a 21-0 lead by simply having their way on both sides of the lines. Other than the penalty for too many men there has been nothing fluky about this.

HUSKIES JUST DOMINATING --- No other way to say it, and with Brennan now ailing, everything is trending Washington's way.

HUSKIES TAKING IT TO THEM --- An incredibly fast start for the Huskies, who have jumped ahead 14-0 and are dominating the lines. For those who wanted blitzing, you got it with Nate Williams breaking through to force the fumble on Brennan. And UW silenced the crowd by getting that fourth down.

UW has 72-3 edge in yards, all on the ground. The crowd seems stunned.

FAST START FOR HUSKIES --- UW showed it can run the ball on Hawaii there, moving right down the field after getting a break with the penalty on the Warriors. Locker looks in mid-season form running.

THIS PLACE IS ROCKING --- Almost too much for those of us out-of-towners in the press box. This is a rickety stadium and when the crowd roared during the Anthem, the box shook a little bit. It'll be up to the Huskies to keep it from shaking from now on. Hawaii is introducing its starting lineup much like you see an NFL team do, with the players coming through a big floaty helmet and smoke. More of that kind of feel here than your traditional college atmosphere.

PRE-GAME --- We'll start the game thread here as there are 22 minutes to kick off.

The stadium is quickly filling up and the Hawaii players got the fans jazzed up by concluding their pre-game warmups with the traditional Ha'a, which is a Hawaiin version of the Haka.

Also, looking at UW's warmups, expect to see a lot of the special pass defense that includes Chris Stevens as a down lineman, something the Huskies have pulled out a few times the last few years.

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