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Final: UW 21, Arizona 10

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 30, 2006 at 10:34 pm with No Comments »
September 30, 2006 10:34 pm

A few items that will be in the Sunday paper.

Player of the game: In a game dominated by defense, Washington linebacker Scott White led the Huskies with 10 tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 25 yards. "We knew we couldn’t let (Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama) get any rhythm," he said.

Offensive player of the game: Sonny Shackelford once again was Isaiah Stanback’s favorite target. Shackelford led the Huskies with five receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown, all coming in the decisive second quarter.

Turning point: Arizona’s first score seemed to rouse UW. After a listless first quarter, the Wildcats took a 3-0 lead in the third. Immediately thereafter, Washington unleashed three consecutive touchdown drives, with Stanback completing 10 consecutive passes.

Best play: For the second season in a row, Stanback ended the first half at Arizona with a long touchdown pass. Unlike his rain-making 69-yarder to Craig Chambers last season, his 55-yarder to Quintin Daniels on Saturday was a pass-run combination, with Daniels making a nice move into the end zone.

Worst play: Early in the second quarter, quarterback Isaiah Stanback threw a long lateral to Kenny James, who passed back to Stanback, who snaked through the Arizona defense for an apparent 23-yard razzle-dazzle touchdown. However, the play was called back due to a clipping penalty on freshman tackle Ben Ossai.

Special plays: In both the first and fourth quarters, UW punter Sean Douglas launched punts that were downed on the Arizona one. UW kicker Michael Braunstein was less successful in his return to his home state, as he was wide right on field goal attempts of 39 and 22 yards.

Injury report: Isaiah Stanback suffered a leg bruise while scrambling late in the fourth quarter. Carl Bonnell finished up the drive, but Stanback returned for the Huskies’ final drive. Anthony Russo suffered a concussion, but is expected back by midweek. Chris Stevens suffered an asthma attack, but should be fine next week.

Arizona quote: "I’m very disappointed in our effort in some areas of the first half. There was an eight- to nine-minute stretch where we broke down in some areas. We dug ourselves into a hole and we couldn’t get out." – coach Mike Stoops

Extra points: UW quarterback Isaiah Stanback’s first four passes fell incomplete. After that he led a 21-point Huskies surge by completing his next 11 for 273 yards. … Washington’s running game improved after a couple of tough games. On Saturday, tailback Louis Rankin ran 17 times for 63 yards and Kenny James carried 12 times for 45 yards. … Arizona’s touchdown ended a steak of 100 scoreless minutes for the Wildcats, and a streak of 80 minutes since the last touchdown allowed by the Huskies. … Late in the third quarter, UW defensive end Greyson Gunheim recorded his first sack of the season. … Representatives of the Emerald Bowl were in attendance. That bowl, based in San Francisco, will host either the fourth- or fifth-place team from the Pacific-10 Conference. … UW game captains were Sonny Shackelford, Clay Walker, Roy Lewis, and Arizona-native Michael Braunstein. … An estimated 6,000 people turned out for the telecast of the game available at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Next: 12:30 Saturday, at Southern California, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, FSN.

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