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Archives: Oct. 2007


Anybody wanna talk hoops?

There will be more football news tomorrow. But just for a short breather, I thought I’d weigh in with a few basketball lists.

First, I finally sent in my Pac-10 picks, which will be part of the media poll that will be released Thursday.

Here’s what I sent:



2. Washington State

3. Stanford

4. Oregon

5. Arizona

6. Washington

7. Southern California

8. California

9. Arizona State

10. Oregon State

Also, this season I will be this state’s voter in The Associated Press

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State of the Huskies: Looking forward and back


Washington (2-6 overall, 0-5 Pac-10) squandered a 15-point lead in the final quarter, losing to Arizona, 48-41. The mild upset leaves UW as the only Pac-10 team without a conference win. It also was the Huskies’ sixth straight defeat, and this one clearly stung coaches, players and fans more than most.


The Huskies put up big offensive numbers. Their point total was their highest since the opener at Syracuse. Their 572 yards of total offense was their highest of the season. Quarterback Jake Locker set career highs in passing

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Postgame discussion: Arizona 48, Washington 41

The Huskies didn’t pretend that this one didn’t hurt more than most. But they vowed not to let it sink the season. The offense vowed not to point fingers at the defense. Some Huskies even restated their belief that they can win out from here and still make a bowl game.

But even coach Tyrone Willingham indicated that this likely won’t be the breakthrough season they had all hoped, while still pointing out that the next five games offer some promise of ending on a better note than now seems likely.

And everyone seems to understand that

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Halftime (yes, halftime): UW 28, Arizona 23

Jake Locker already has a career high in passing yardage.

The Huskies already have over 400 yards of total offense.

And yet, the Wildcats are right behind them.

Individual numbers: Locker 269 yards passing and 98 rushing. Rankin, 42 yards rushing. Reece three catches for 142 yards.

Arizona has 281 passing yards, but are minus-18 on the ground.

Total yardage is UW 415, Arizona 263.


1st quarter: UW 7, Arizona 7

Washington got into Arizona territory on its first two drives, and fumbled it away both times.

Arizona scored first when Mike Thomas beat Byron Davenport down the sidelines.

Washington answered with a long drive capped by a 14-yard Locker run.

UW has 184 total yards, Arizona 87.

The normal offensive line is back in, raising the possibility that the ununual starting lineup was discipline-related. I assume we’ll find out after the game.

Davenport was yanked after giving up the long TD pass, with Vonzell McDowell stepping in.


Surprise starting lineup

Three surprises in the starting lineup today.

On the offensive line, Jordan White-Frisbee is in in place of Casey Bulyca and Cody Habben in place of Ben Ossai.

On defense, Mason Foster is in for E.J. Savannah, who has had stinger issues much of the season.