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Archives: Oct. 2010


Day after: Drawing the line (where is one, anyway?)

As soon as the boon died down, as well as all the post-game interviews in the lower hallways of Hec Edmundson Pavilion, the greatest joy still had a smile on Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh’s face.

Domination on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

It wasn’t too long ago when the Cardinal had the laughing-stock offensive line of the Pacific-10 Conference – 2006, to be exact – in the final year of former coach Walt Harris.

Talent evaluators surmised that offensive line was one of the worst they had seen in the league in recent history.

Good big men – beefy, bouncy and bright – go the longest way in determining whether a program flourishes or flounders.

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UW-St. Martin’s tips at 5 p.m. Saturday

Washington’s men’s basketball exhibition game against St. Martin’s will tip off at 5 p.m. Saturday at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Ticket prices range from $11-15 and can be purchased online at GoHuskies.com, by phone (206.543-2200) or in person at the ticket office.

There will be no radio or TV broadcast. However, we will, of course, be giving blog and twitter updates as the curtain raises on the new season.


No. 13 Stanford 41, UW 0, FINAL

The Cardinal went into conservative play-calling mode, designed to run out the clock in this laugher at Husky Stadium – one that saw the UW hit offensive lows it hasn’t seen in decades.

The Huskies were shut out at home for the first time since 1976 (7-0 loss against California in early November).

The only scoring of this final quarter was Nate Whitaker’s 39-yard field goal at the 5:41 mark.

The Stanford score was set up by Jake Locker’s second interception. He was picked off by Delano Howell wilth 13:08 remaining.

Locker was replaced by backup Keith Price with 5:41

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No. 13 Stanford 38, UW 0, 3rd Qtr.

Andrew Luck threw a 3-yard touchdown to Zach Ertz on the final play of the quarter, and the Cardinal holds a comfortable advantage.

A Jake Locker interception early in the quarter set up Nate Whitaker’s 22-yard field goal for a 31-0 Stanford lead at the 7:12 mark.

The UW ran eight plays in the quarter – five of them Chris Polk runs (10 yards).

The Huskies have 54 total yards.


No. 13 Stanford 28, UW 0, Halftime

Might be the most uninspired I’ve seen the Huskies play under UW coach Steve Sarkisian.

Some here in the press box remarked it’s as lethargic an effort they’ve seen the UW play EVER.

Apparently, Sarkisian told sideline reporter Elise Woodward it was the worst half of offensive football he’s ever been associated with.

Two more touchdown runs by the Cardinal – 3-yard scampers apiece by Stepfan Taylor and Tyler Gaffney – and Stanford scored on its first four possessions of the game.

The only real downer for Stanford was Nate Whitaker’s missed 40-yard field goal – his first misfire of

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No. 13 Stanford 14, Washington 0, 1st Qtr.


That sound could be heard throughout Husky Stadium in the latter stages of the opening quarter.

The same song-and-dance: Little movement by the offense, no resistence by the defense as Andrew Luck and company made it look easy by scoring touchdowns on both drives.

Luck scampered down the left sideline on a third-and-2 play on the Cardinal’s opening drive, going 51 yards for the first score at the 8:37 mark.

Stepfan Taylor talled the second one on a 2-yard run.

And the Cardinal was at the Huskies’ 3-yard line as time expired on the quarter.


Drip … drip! Tick … tick! Big afternoon

Another day shaking my head exiting the back door, grabbing the umbrella and wondering if “Game Day Saturday” and Rain Day Saturday” will run simultaneously the rest of the season.

The downpour is not quite pounding the artificial turf as it did a few weeks ago against Arizona State. But the rain is present. An eerie dark, smog is looming all around (spooky Halloween reference).

Certainly a day to run the ball. Paging Chris Polk? Paging play-caller Steve Sarkisian?

John McGrath, our fine TNT columnist, sarcastically remarked as we were walking to the press-box elevator about the “electricty” felt around

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UW-Stanford pick: It’s a Harbaugh-style hurtin’

Man, I’ve tried to convince myself otherwise.

What could the Huskies do to beat Stanford? Jake Locker could throw five touchdown passes. Chris Polk might run for 200 yards. The defense could force a turnover or two.

All I came back to was one simple fact: Opponents committed to the run game … well, run wild on the UW defense.

Nobody does that better than the Cardinal under coach Jim Harbaugh.

Here is the breakdown:

No. 13 Stanford (6-1, 3-1 Pac-10) at Washington (3-4, 2-2)
Kickoff: 4 p.m. PDT, Husky Stadium, Seattle.

TV: Versus. Radio: 950-AM.

The series: UW

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