10:55 of 3rd: Jeremiah Johnson went 13 yards for the TD. Johnson is now over 100 yards on the night, a career high. The drive was helped by a facemask call against the Huskies — and those are all 15-yard penalties this season.
Note: I’m on a real tight deadline tonight, so I probably won’t be blogging as much this half. Thanks for the halftime comments.
By the way, I don’t know how much the TV crew is mentioning this, but it’s no coincidence that all of the points so far have been scored by the team moving west-to-east. There’s a pretty stiff breeze going that way, too.
Halftime: We are told that Oregon starting quarterback Justin Roper has suffered a hand injury and isn’t expected to return. Roper, of course, seemed destined to be the No. 2 quarterback until Nate Costa suffered a season-ending knee injury late in camp.
3:17 of the second: The Huskies drove 60 yards in 13 plays, capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Paul Homer.
12:15 of the 2nd quarter: The Huskies get their first points of the season on a 35-yard field goal by Ryan Perkins.
5:13 of the 1st quarter: UW switched to a 4-3. Then gave up a 60-yard screen to Terrence Scott for the second score.
10:20 of 1st quarter: UW had one first down and punted. Then Oregon needed four plays to march 63 yards — all on the ground — to take a 7-0 lead.
7:10 The season has kicked off. Kicked off into the UW end zone for a touch back. (Return men for the Huskies were Tripper Johnson and Jordan Polk.)
UW game captains are Donald Butler, Jake Locker, Juan Garcia and Daniel Te’o-Nesheim.
7 p.m. We’re minutes from kickoff. The temperature is 68 degrees, there is a 10 mph breeze, and there are some dark but not-too-threatening-looking clouds floating by.
The pregame ceremonies included a moving tribute to Oregon football player Todd Doxey, who drowned on July 13. Also as tribute, a different Duck will wear Doxey’s 29 each game, and there are “29-TD” helmet stickers on the helmets.
6:10 The Ducks now have taken the field. They are wearing green helmets, jerseys and pants. And I guess this is the odd day that the Ducks don’t have the most double-take-inducing uniforms in the Pac-10. (Turn on the Cal game on ESPN.)
6 p.m. The first of the Huskies have just taken the field and we now know that two things haven’t changed. UW is wearing the same road uniforms and they have over the past several seasons, and the Oregon students are still chanting the same classlessly crude chants that they’ve chanted in past season.s
5 p.m. It is a breezy and partly cloudy day at Auzten Stadium as we count down to the much-anticipated opening game of a much-anticipated season.
I plan to use this blog much as we have on past game days. I’ll pass along any news as we get it before the game, then try for updates at the end of each quarter or as news breaks. After the game, I’ll be absent for a while, as I head down to the locker room for quotes. But I hope that you’ll pick up the slack, as you have in the past, with your impressions of what you saw.
One change this season is I’m going to keep everything on one long running blog. In the past, I’ve handled each piece of news with a new item. But my thinking is that a single running blog entry might allow for you guys to have a smoother comments/conversation than having to bounce around. At least, that’s what I’ll try tonight, and feel free to let me know if you like the old way better.