Huskies vs. Cardinal Game Thoughts

That’s all folks: Luck is watching from the sidelines, the score is now 41-0 and the Huskies aren’t going to be in the mood for any Halloween parties tonight. Stanford, meanwhile, looks like a team worthy of a BCS bowl. Washington, no doubt, will be talking about winning 3 of its final 4, which would make the Huskies bowl eligible.

Attendance: 69,020, but there’s probably only 30,000 left, if that.

Hall of Famers: South Kitsap grad Benji Olson, Eldridge Recasner and other memers of the UW’s 2010 Hall of Fame class were introduced between quarters.

End of 3rd Quarter: Luck hit Zach Ertz with a 3-yard TD pass on the final play of the quarter and it’s now 38-0. Did I mention that my feet are still wet?

Update: Stanford kicks a FG following a Locker interception. Stanford 31, UW 0. 7:12 left in third quarter.

Good sign: Washington’s returned for the second half. Hey, I’m just kidding. Here’s a couple telling statistics: Stanford has 318 total yards, Washington 35. Stanford’s converted 5-of-7 third down plays; Washington 1-of-7.

Bad Day for Cougs, Too: WSU’s not on televison this week, but the Cougars trail ASU 28-0 at halftime in Tempe.

Halftime, Stanford 28, UW 0: As I wrote in the pre-game portion of this blog, I thought Washington had to pound Chris Polk at Stanford in order to have a chance to win. They did it, for a play. On the first play of the game Polk rumbled up the middle for 10 yards. He ended the half with 8 carries for a net gain of 8 yards. Yep, one yard per carry. With Jake Locker’s net rushing total of minus 8 yards, the UW has a net of 0 rushing yards. That’s a problem because now the Huskies are down four touchdowns and they’ve got to throw the ball. Wonder what Sark and the offensive coaches are talking about right now?

Bye-Bye: Now, I’m not leaving, but I’m a little envious of the fans heading out of here. It’s not a mass exodus, but they can see the writing on the wall? Like I said before, you’d have to have to be insane to think the Huskies are going to find a way to get back in this one.

A Stop: After four straight possessions that ended with touchdowns, Stanford came away empty after missing a FG.

Luck Watch: If this is the first time you’ve seen Stanford’s Luck in action, better pay close attention. I don’t think he’ll be seeing much action in the second half.

The Beatdown Goes On: Stanford 28, UW 0. Last drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 4:52. Still 8:38 left in the half.

Making It Look Easy: Stanford’s scoring drives haven’t taken long: 5 plays, 86 yards, 1:51; 6 plays, 42 yards, 2:38, 6 plays, 39 yards, 2:44.

Stanford 21, UW 0: Another short scoring drive capped by a Stepfan Taylor TD run. 14:54 left in half.

End 1st Qtr: Stanford 14, UW 0. But Stanford’s ready to punch in another score. Cardinal has the ball at the UW 3-yard line. Luck is 6 for 8 for 91 yards with a 51-yard TD run. Locker’s 2-3 for 8 yards and has been sacked twice.

Yikes! UW had to waste a timeout because it only had 10 men on the field while lining up to pout from its own 14. This just after Locker was sacked on third down. It hasn’t been pretty thus far for the Huskies.

Insane Thoughts: They held the Rally for Insanity earlier today, and it’s early at Husky Stadium, but is it too early too think that it’s already over? You’d need to be insane to think the Huskies can come back in this one, don’t you?

Update: 4:20 first quarter: Two UW possessions, two punts. Two Stanford possessions, two TDs. Stanford 14, UW 0.

Update, 8:37 left in first quarter: After the UW bogged down at midfield after making a couple of first downs, Stanford just went 86 yards in 5 plays. It took 1:51 and was capped by a 51-yard TD run by Luck, who faked to a back and took off around the left side. He was untouched. Stanford 7, UW 0.

How Bout Those Cuse?: Did you realize that Syracuse is 6-2 after beating Cincinnati 31-7 on Saturday. Washington’s win over the Cuse looks a lot better now. Hard to figure, huh? BYU, which handled Washington 23-17, is 3-5. Freshman QB Jake Heaps from Skyline has been thrown into the fire and the results haven’t been all that good. Heaps has completed 52.4 percent of his passes (120-229), and is averaging just 4.62 yards per completion. He’s thrown 2 TD passes and has been intercepted 7 times.

Good start: Polk goes up the gut for 10 yards. First down on first play.

Update 4:07 p.m.: Kickoff in a second. It’s 49 degrees with a light rain and the wind is blowing 2 mph out of the east.

Lone Washingtonian: David DeCastro, a 6-5, 310-pound junior guard from Belleve, is the only state player on the Stanford roster. Boy, could the Huskies use him.

Update 4 p.m.: It’s Halloween Eve. I wonder if any of the Huskies are going to dress up as Steve Emtman, Rick Redman, Corey Dillon,  or Benji Olson? They’re going to need football players of that ilk to hang with the Cardinal today.

Pre-game: It’s 35 minutes from kickoff. I’ve been up in the press box about an hour now and my feet are still wet.

It’s that kind of day. Wet and dreary. The fans, and I can’t blame them, don’t seem to be in a hurry to get out in the elements. When this one ends, there’s gonna be some c-c-c-cold, shivery, teeth-chattering fans filing out of here.

Will the Husky fans be celebrating?

Will the up-and-down Dawgs continue their lose-win-lose-win-lose[win-lose season with a win?

Will Washington’s Jake Locker win the duel of high-profile quarterbacks, or  will Stanford’s Andrew Luck, now the consensus top quarterback in the country, add to his legend?

Will Steve Sarkisian’s Huskies get their faces bloodied by the physical Cardinal?

Will Sarkisian have the discipline to stick with a ground-oriented attack? I think the best way to beat Stanford is to pound Chris Polk at the Cardinal defense all game long. I think he needs to carry the ball 30 times today.

I’ll offer some thoughts an observations once the game starts.

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