Husky Football Blog
Times reporter Bob Condotta keeps the news coming about the Montlake Dawgs.
September 28, 2008 9:49 AM
Posted by Bob Condotta
A few next-day links and notes:
--- You can find all of our Husky coverage here. Most noteworthy are the game story, a colmumn from Steve Kelley on Jake Locker's bad break,.another from Jerry Brewer on the lax defense, and a notebook leading off with the QB situation.
--- The San Francisco Chronicle story notes it's the first time Stanford has won back-to-back games in the same season since 2005. Also a telling quote from Stanford QB Tavita Pritchard that "this thing was won in the trenches.'' Indeed Stanford did. And when has it ever been able to be said that about Stanford against UW?
--- Jon Wilner of the Mercury News now says Willingham has "no chance'' to save his job.
--- ESPN.com's Ted Miller agrees that "change is coming'' at Washington.
--- The Huskies remain 118th in the nation in defense, allowing 507 yards per game.ahead of only SMU. And it's pretty equal opportunity as the Huskies are 116th in rushing defense (227.8 per game) and 110th in pass defense (279.2)
--- As the conference stats show, UW is also last in the nation in pass efficiency defense (in part due to 14 touchdowns allowed against just two interceptions); And in what to me ranks as the most disappointing stat of the season, UW is 99th in the nation and eighth in the Pac-10 in rushing offense at 113.75 per game.
--- And UW not only has no sacks this season but just 11 tackles-for-a-loss, nine fewer than any other Pac-10 team (and there are a lot of bad defenses in this conference this season). UPDATE --- And the Huskies are indeed the only team in the nation without a sack.
--- Ken Goe of the Oregonian has lots of good links around the Pac-10.
--- Somebody asked where the running game went in the second half last night. It is a decent question as UW had 112 yards on 26 carries in the first half, then finished with 140 on 38. But I'm sure the injuries to Jake Locker and David Freeman played a role in it as UW ran little, if any, read zone plays after Locker was hurt, not wanting to put Ronnie Fouch in any danger. Also, UW fell behind 28-14 less than six minutes into the second half, at which point I think they felt they had to throw to stay in the game. Stanford definitely turned the game in a physical way in the third quarter --- thanks to the 83-yard run by Anthony Kimble, Stanford had 107 yards rushing on eight carries in the third quarter while UW had 24 on seven.
--- You'll note our notebook details two starting position changes on the defense --- Tripper Johnson for an injured Johri Fogerson and Matt Houston for Josh Gage for strictly playing purposes. There was some thought the two weeks between games might have resulted in some changes for the UW defense, but it looked pretty much the same (with the Huskies in a 4-3 most of the time other than passing downs). And that could be a little ominous going forward, that maybe there simply isn't much that can be done right now.
--- I got lots of comments on the TV situation during the game. I had no way to answer those, being at the game myself, so hope you understand. I have no idea what may have gone wrong there. I relayed the info that I was given from the school and also what I saw on my own system. But maybe those of you denied the chance to watch it were better off.
--- Finally, for those who say the Huskies just lack consistency, check their score-by-quarters this season:
UW 14 24 21 20
Opponent 41 42 35 44
Looks sadly consistent to me.