Husky Football Blog
Times reporter Bob Condotta keeps the news coming about the Montlake Dawgs.
August 30, 2008 6:31 PM
Posted by Bob Condotta
GETTING UGLY NOW --- Well, it's another rout at Autzen, and a distressing beginning for the Huskies, who have little time to wallow pity with BYU and Oklahoma up next. The most disheartening aspect of the game may be the inability to run the ball with any consistency other than Locker just improvising. The defense also couldn't hold on in the second half with Oregon playing two QBs who were buried deep on the roster when the year began.
I'll have more after the game.
GETTING AWAY NOW --- Oregon has a 30-10 lead and again has the ball. If my math is right, Oregon has outgained UW 137-56 in the second half as I type this, and outscored UW 16-0.
UW 41 YARDS IN THIRD QUARTER --- Tough offensive sledding for UW in the third quarter.
HUSKIES BARELY HANGING IN IT AS THIRD QUARTER ENDS --- Not a good third quarter for the Huskies, but as it ends, UW is still in it, trailing 21-10, though Oregon is again driving. Huskies are mixing up the personnel a little with Victor Aiyewa now in at safety. UW unofficially has 166 yards of offense, averaging 2.8 yards per play.
GARCIA PLAYING WHOLE GAME --- One bright spot so far is that Juan Garcia has played the entirie game at center.
KIRTON IN AT DT --- Johnie Kirton played that last series at DT.
DUCKS PLAY THREE QBS --- Oregon has now played three QBs --- Roper, Massoli and Harper.
DUCKS WAKE UP --- Oregon scored in a hurry and now with the muffed kickoff the Huskies are back up against it. It's 21-10 Oregon and again UW is in dangerous territory.
REALLY SLEEPY IN HERE RIGHT NOW --- With Oregon forced to punt after its first drive it is real quiet in there right now, as quiet as I remember hearing it here. A good opportunity for UW right now to take control of this game. Especially if Roper is out for the rest of the game, as may be the case. We aren't getting any official word in the press box about that.
LOCKER NUMBERS --- Locker is 7-15 for 66 yards but was seven of his last nine after starting 0-6.
SOME HALFTIME NUMBERS --- The official stats show Oregon with 252 yards to UW's 133. Oregon has 107 yards rushing on 15 carries andd has thrown for 145 while UW has 67 yards rushing on 27 carries and has thrown for 66. Locker is UW's leading rusher with 37 yards on 10 carries, though he has gained 56 yards, losing 19 on a couple sacks. Polk has 15 yards on nine carries. UW has held the ball for 17:58 to Oregon's 12:02.
WILLINGHAM COMMENTS --- Willingham said in his radio comments that the biggest problem early was adjusting to "the pave of play. It's very difficult to simulate that in a practice session so i think getting up to the pace of play both offensively and defensively was important for us.'' He also said the line at first wasn't protecting "the way we need to protect'' and that he thinks UW is "still deficient in the run game.''
He said UW has to find a way to eliminate the "drop-down guy'' in the Oregon defense who is making a lot of the tackles on the inside runs.
And asked about the young defensive line he said "they are just getting up to speed right now. They are not there yet but they are working.''
Also worth nothing that all 24 points in the game have been scored with the win in this game.
IT'S A GAME AT THE HALF --- After the 14-0 start, UW is within 14-10 at the break. I'll have some stats in a minute.
HUSKIES CLAWING BACK --- UW has crawled within 14-10 with 3:17 left, using the arms and legs of Jake Locker to finally get on the scoreboard. UW used three fullbacks on the second-and-goal play, Homer, Kravitz andn Austin Sylvester.
FRESHMEN DTS TOGETHER --- For part of that last drive UW had both of its true frosh DTs on the field --- Kelemete and Ta'amu.
FIRST-QUARTER STATS --- Oregon had 152 yards to 30 for UW in the first quarter. UW had 15 rushing yards on 13 carries while Oregon had 55 on 6. Locker was 2-8 for 15 yards, Roper 6-9 for 97 and one TD.
14-0 END FIRST QUARTER --- And it could have been worse Oregon's offense has mostly stopped only due to its own mistakes. UW's offense is showing some signs of life but needs a first down here.
HUSKIES DODGE BULLET --- Oregon is making some mistakes to keep UW in this one, dropping a pass and missing an FG on that last drive to keep it a 14-0 game.
OREGON TAKES 14-0 LEAD --- The game is getting into a dangerous area already as Oregon has taken a 14-0 lead. The defense was a more normal 4-3 that time with Kelemete in the game.
NEW DEFENSE STAYS ON FIELD --- The Huskies stayed in the 3-3-5 for their second defensive series. What we'll need to figure out later is whether this is an Oregon thing or an all-season thing.
WRS HAVING TROUBLE GETTING OPEN --- The Huskies tried three pass plays on their second drive, but the UW receivers are struggling to get open at the moment and it's another punt.
NEW-LOOK DEFENSE --- Well, we saw what UW wanted to keep secret, a new-look defense with three down linemen and three safeties. Essentially, it was was Tripper Johnson at safety and out was Senio Kelemete up front in a 3-3-5 look. Unfortunately, it didn't work early as Oregon drove easily for the touchdown.
--- Temperature at kickoff is 67 with winds at 13 MPH out of the north, with gusts up to 18.
--- The captains for UW are Jake Locker, Juan Garcia, Donald Butler and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim.
--- The teams are coming on the field, and it's getting loud in here as Oregon just celebrated a tradition here, the playing of the Kenny Wheaton pick in 1994 against UW on the big screen. Oregon is 9-4 in this series since then, almost a quarter of their 37 total wins against UW.
--- There's 30 minutes left to kickoff and we'll start the game thread with the news that Kavario Middleton will apparently get the start at tight end.
Middleton is working with the first-team offense as it goes through its pre-game warmups. Starter Michael Gottlieb is not on the trip with a hamstring injury and while Walt Winter is listed as the backup, Uw coach Tyrone Willingham had said Thursday that Middleton could get "his share of the lion's share'' of the playing time.