Saturday, November 03, 2007

One Down Four To Go

It is always nice to win even if it is less than impressive. Statistically we dominated Stanford today and even if the score wasn't as lobsided as it should have been it is a big step in the right direction.

Cheers to Louis Rankin for putting together one of the most impressive rushing days of any Husky in history with 254 yards. Did any of you see Locker blocking in front of Rankin on one of his long runs, it was a thing of beauty. Locker finished with 97 yards rushing, giving him 791 to break the mark set by Dennis Fitzpatrick in 1974. Jake is on a pace to gain over 1000 yards on the ground this year.

Rankin's total was the most for a Huskies back since Corey Dillon ran for 259 yards against Oregon in 1996 and fourth most since 1947. Jake Locker also ran for two scores and set the Washington single-season rushing record for a quarterback. Locker took a hard shot to the shoulder on that final TD but said he thinks he'll be fine. But he had a lot of ice on it after the game according to Bob Condotta of the Times.

The Huskies had six sacks and held the Cardinal to 253 yards.

Johnie Kirton gets his first catch of the year in the ninth game of the season, converting a third-and-eight with a 10-yard catch. On the next play Locker threw to him again and the ball bounced off his shoulder.

Jordan Murchison stepped in today substituting for Nate Williams in the nickel. He had some nice plays, nice to see him back.

Anthony Russo was robbed of a TD pass at the end of first half on the replay. I watched it quite a few times and it was a legit TD, poor call by the officials.


t9odawg said...

Seeing Jake down there blocking reminded me of the Miami game where Nip comes out of nowhere to make a block way down field.

Next week is a much bigger test

John Berkowitz said...

Classic blocking sequence.

Anonymous said...

John, since Russo did not have control of the ball all the way thru, it is not a catch. From what I had heard on the radio at a prior game Dick Baird explained that this rule for possession of catch had changed for this year. As you saw when he hit the ground he did not have control of the ball.

Old Huskie Fan

hairofthedawg said...

The downfield blocking this season has been one of the bright points. The coaches are instilling at least that aspect of the game in the players.

Hopefully our problems last week were mainly due to a lack of confidence. Reading what the players are saying after this game points me in that direction. I realize it was Stanford, but they did what they say they knew what they could do.

Time to prove it!