UW runs and runs: Locker has a 6-yard TD run nullified by
holding. The junior QB has 79 yards on 7 rushes. Polk is up
to (by my count) 97 yards on 20 carries. Dawgs can’t finish off the
drive and settle for another Folk FG (27 yards): UW 23, WSU
0. 11:03 left.
The Huskies are laying some big licks on the Cougs.
Polk nearly breaks one. He’s now over the 1,000 yard mark for
And this one’s over. Check out our Apple Cup coverage online and
in Sunday’s paper. Freelancer Howie Stalwick and Scott Johnson will
be filing reports and I’ll have a column.
One last note: Locker just danced into the end zone from 23
yards out. It’s 30-0 with 6:45 left.
End of the quarter: UW 20, WSU 0. Locker ends quarter with an
18-yard gain on a scramble. Washington’s not got 330 yards of total
offense; WSU has 144.
Xavier Hicks picks Locker afrer the Huskies had moved the ball
near midfield with a 21-yard pass from Locker to Aguillar. That’s
11 interceptions for Locker, seven in his last five games. He threw
just four picks in his first six games.
UW 20, WSU 0: Chris Polk scores from a yard out. Locker’s
10-yard run set it up. Polk now has 53 yards on 15 carries. He
needs 58 to hit 1,000. 12 plays, 75 yards, 6:59 time of possession.
6:11 left in the quarter.
Loebestall’s back for the Cougars, but for how long?
THE WAGNER FILE
What a great story it would be if Dan (The Man) Wagner can lead
the Cougars to a comeback win. He still hasn’t thrown a college
pass. Since nobody knows anything about him, here’s some info
courtesy WSU’s Web site:
WAGNER’S WSU CAREER
RS-FRESHMAN (2008): Saw action in two games on season, one
as a punter and one under center…made collegiate debut in
season-opener against Oklahoma State, punting eight times for 312
yards (39.0 average)…had a long of 51 and one inside 20…also
recorded a tackle in that contest…played the fourth quarter at
quarterback at Oregon State following injury to Marshall
Lobbestael…did not attempt a pass.
FRESHMAN (2007): Redshirt season.
WAGNER’S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
A graduate of Jesuit High, where he earned three varsity letters in
football and four varsity letters in baseball…led the Crusaders to
the football state championship in both junior and senior
seasons…also led the squad to three consecutive Metro League
championships…earned all-league honors at quarterback as a
senior…football team captain as a senior…coached in baseball by Don
Lovell and in football by Ken Potter.
Daniel Rodney Wagner…born in January, 1989 in Portland,
Ore….parents Brent and Cindy Wagner…father played football
professionally for the Buffalo Bills…one younger brother Pat and
one younger sister Amy… undecided on major.
HALFTIME: UW 13, WSU 0
Someone asked how I was doing and I said, “Better than the WSU
They’re down to their 4th-stringer, and as far as I know, might
be holding open tryouts at halftime.
As for Washington, I’m puzzled. What happened to the Huskies?
Take away the 50-yard TD pass from Locker to Kearse and they’re
only outgaining WSU 133-116 yards. Washington has 9 first downs,
WSU 8. Washington has 43 rushing yards, WSU 43.
Halftime: UW 13, WSU 0.
Now Lopina’s down. Washingotn’s Cameron Elisara landed on him
after he released a pass that was nearly picked off by the UW’s
Foster. WSU’s Dan Wagner, a sophomore from Portland, is now warming
up. Wagner hasn’t taken a snap all seaosn. He’s the
fourth-stringer. Lopina is helped off the field and doesn’t look
like he’ll be back. Loebestall’s status is unkown (although he’s
calling plays from the sideline) and freshman Jeff Tuel, who has
taken most of the snaps this season for WSU, isn’t available
because of a knee injury. Maybe Walden will suit up for the second
Locker to Kearse. Locker to Aguilar for 20. But Dawgs bog down
and Folk kicks 46 yard FG: 13-0, 2:39 left in the half.
WSU’s Marshall Loebestall just scrambled for 11 yards, but he
was knocked a little loopy after trying to run over the UW’s Jason
Wells. He staggered off the field. Maybe Jim Walden will QB the
rest of the game? Nah, Lopina’s back. It’s 4th and 4 at the 33. He
was sacked for a 7-yard loss by Darion Jones.
UW 10, WSU 0: Locker just hit Kease with a 50-yard TD pass. That
was a 3-play, 85-yard drive. Locker run, Locker pass to Kearse,
Locker pass to Kearse. 12:41 left. That didn’t take long.
There’s been a delay as they haul a member of the chain-gang
crew off in an ambulance. He was down in front of the UW bench,
near the 50 yard line. Not sure what happened.
UW: first and 10 at the 25 when play resumes.
End of quarter: UW 3, WSU 0. WSU has a first down at the 40. It
was about the kind of quarter you’d expect from 3-7 and 1-9
Marshall Loebestall, sophomore from Oak Harbor, in at QB for
WSU. First and 10 at the 25. Cougs take a timeout. Only 10 men on
UW settles for a 24 FG (good by Folk) after the turnover: 3-0,
Turnover: Mason Foster interception and 26-yard return gives
Huskies the ball at the WSU 13. 2:54 left. WSU QB Kevion Lopina
shaken up on the play.
WSU takes over on its own 25: 3:50 left in the quarter.
UW holds, starts second possession at its own 5. 7:11 left in
quarter. Huskies punt it back to WSU.
WSU trickery After moving for a couple of first downs, WSU tries
a throwback to the QB, who heaves it to a wide-open Gino Simone.
Simone stopped his route for some reason and the ball sailed over
his out-stretched arms at the goalline. Shoulda been a TD.
First big penalty: UW called for interfering on a punt, not
giving Gino Simone room to catch it. Simone fumbled it nd WSU would
have started inside its own 10, but the penalty moves the ball out
to the 42. Big break for Cougs.
First big hit: WSU linebacker Mike Ledgerwood rocks Jermain
Kearse, stops him for a 6-yard gain.
Washington”s on the field, waiting for the kickoff and WSU’s
still huddling. The Cougars were late arriving, at least it seemed
that way. The Huskies even beat them out of the tunnel, and I don’t
remember that ever happening. He we go …. UW starts its first drive
a the 26.
TWO MINUTES BEFORE HALFTIME
This might be the emptiest I’ve ever seen the press box at Husky
Stadium. There’s more open seats than I can ever remember.
Lots of empty seats in the stands, too.
It’s 50 degress and overcast with winds 15 mph from the south.
It feels much colder than that.
It’s one of those days where it takes a few minutes to thaw out
once you hit the press box. Baby, it’s c-c-c-old outside. My eyes
teared up on my way from the parking gargage, and it wasn’t because
of the magnitude of the game I’m about to cover.
Anyway, it’s about 50 minutes to kickoff.
Any predictions out there?
If you read this blog, you know I went with Washington,
I think most people are predicting a big UW win. Bob Condotta of
the Seattle Times’ pick was 45-16.
I was listening to the Husky Honks on KJR radio on the drive
around and Dick Baird, who writes a blog for us, thinks the Cougs
might have held some players out of last week’s loss against Oregon
State to make sure they were healthy for today’s game.
There seems to be a lack of noticeable pre-game excitement, but
I guess that happens when a 3-7 team (UW) takes on a 1-10 (WSU)
team and follows a year in which WSU won two games and the UW was
A couple things worth noting:
* UW redshirt freshman running back Chris Polk needs 111 yards
to become the first freshman in Husky history to rush for 1,000
* WSU has never won three straight against Washington or
suffered through a winless Pac-10 season.
We’ll sneak in an Eastern Washington update: Stephen F. Austin
leads the Eagles 23-12 at halftime of their playoff game.