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Archives: Aug. 2007

Aug.
31st

Final: UW 42, Syracuse 12: Postgame discussion

I’m eager to hear how it looked on ESPN?


It struck me as pretty impressive. I thought Jake Locker was even better than his numbers indicated (those numbers are below). He was dominating enough that Syracuse had to account for him on every play, and I think that helped every other phase of the game, especially Louis Rankin, who also was dazzling.


Syracuse may be one of the very worst teams in Division IA, and we’ll get a much better read on these guys next week. But that was a very impressive start in a lot of ways.


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Aug.
31st

3rd quarter: UW 35, Syracuse 6

Utter domination right now, and the Syracuse fans have seen enough. They are filing to the exits … muttering.


If this margin holds up — or, of course, grows — it will be the biggest UW win of the Willingham era.

Aug.
31st

Halftime: UW 14, Syracuse 6

Locker just took over in the second quarter, expecially running. For those 15 minutes, at least, he was everything he was billed to be. He was dangerous enough to change the Syracuse defense, as they kept a player spying on him and even that couldn’t slow him.


However, it’s a game of adjustments, and it’s clear that SU coach Greg Robinson had to halftime task more important that finding a way to slow Locker. It will be interesting to see what he came up with, and interesting then to see what UW/Willingham/Locker do to answer the Orange changes.


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Aug.
31st

Orange, orange, orange

Syracuse just came out on the field in uniforms that might make the Oregon Ducks gag: orange helmets, orange jerseys, orange pants.


The school had announced previously that the team would debut new helmets: the traditional orange but with a new block “S.” However, it was assumed they would go along with the usual uniform of last season: navy jerseys and orange pants.


However, we have just received a note saying that the team last won all orange on Nov. 6, 2004 and they defeated Pitt in double-overtime. The time before that, they routed Temple, 41-7.

Aug.
31st

In the Carrier Dome

I got to the dome just about the time the Huskies did. There were a few dozen fans in purple cheering them on as they took the trek from bus to dome.


Then I walked into the building, which is as warm as billed. It’s a near-perfect day outside, and certainly several degrees cooler than in here.


The place looks like the little brother of BC Place up in Vancouver — with the semi-transparent air-suspended roof — but much smaller. It really feels about halfway in size between the Tacoma Dome and BC Place.


It not

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Aug.
31st

Game day!

Game day has dawned here in Syracuse, and with all fall camp and all the build up behind us, it’s time for the Huskies to to start the 2007 season.


We’ve heard a lot about the heat inside the Carrier Dome, but it isn’t expected to be a sizzling day here: A high around 74, and probably well below that by the 5 p.m. PDT start, which is 8 p.m. out here.


I’m not expecting any more news to report until getting to the stadium, but I’ll file as information comes in, then a little during the

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Aug.
30th

Talking Huskies today at 2:20 p.m.

At 2:20 this afternoon I’ll be talking about the Huskies’ opener at Syracuse with the Groz on KJR, 950-AM. The conversation also will be streamed over the Internet.


Next week, I believe we’ll slide back to the 2:20 p.m. Wednesday position, which out default slot for the rest of the football season.