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Archives: Dec. 2010

Dec.
30th

Washington 10, Nebraska 0, End of 1st Qtr.

Erik Folk booted a 39-yard field goal on the Huskies’ third possession, and the UW has built an early 10-0 lead with 1:29 to go.

The Huskies turned an early Nebraska turnover (Rex Burkhead fumble) into a touchdown – a 3-yard run by Chris Polk at the 9:08 mark.

UW has 59 total yards; Nebraska 51.

Dec.
30th

No more hiding as both teams now at Qualcomm Stadium

Hola from cool Qualcomm Stadium. Temperatures won’t be very warm – possibly in the high 40-degree to lower 50-degree range as the night goes on.

Running backs coach Joel Thomas just led the Huskies onto the field for the first time tonight – to a moderate ovation. Many UW fans are still tail-gating in the massive parking lot here (even getting along with its Nebraska counterparts).

As you’ve heard, the UW will don its all-back uniforms tonight – the same ones from the final home contest against UCLA. Gives them mojo. Or so they’re hoping.

Press box is open air.

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Dec.
30th

UW-Nebraska (2) pick: Closer, but not a victory

Here is my primer to tonight’s Holiday Bowl. Have broken this matchup down over the past few weeks; don’t need to add any more as a lead-in to this:

No. 17 Nebraska (10-3)
vs. Washington (6-6)

Kickoff: 7:06 p.m. PDT, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Television: ESPN. Radio: 950-AM.

The series: Nebraska leads 4-3-1, including an earlier-season 56-21 victory over the Huskies in Seattle. The Cornhuskers have won the past three games.

The coaches: Nebraska’s Bo Pelini (30-11 record) is in his third season. He was a former defensive coordinator at Louisiana State (2005-07), Oklahoma (2004) and Nebraska (2003).

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Dec.
29th

Highlights from Huskies’ win over Trojans

A quick review of Washington’s 73-67 win over USC at Galen Center:

Player of the game: I’m going to say freshman Terrence Ross, who not only had 18 points, four 3-pointers, four rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes, but he seemed to dole his points out when UW needed them most. Back-to-back treys late in the first half finally moved Washington back into believing distance.

However, it’s hard to overlook Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who provided 18 points and eight rebounds. Or, of course, USC’s Nikola Vucevic, who had game highs with 28 points and 14 rebounds.

Those were career-high

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Dec.
29th

UW takes “great, great character win” over USC

Timeout in UW-SC game at Galen Center.

Playing in its Pacific-10 Conference opener against one of its toughest rivals, the Washington Huskies somehow found themselves being led by true freshman Terrence Ross.

Then, in overtime, Ross fouled out.

And somehow, the Huskies pulled it out anyway: a 73-67 win over Southern California on Wednesday at the Galen Center.

“I can’t think of a whole lot of wins that I’m as excited as I am tonight,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “We got down. We appeared to be rattled. Our guys stayed together and guarded and slowly fought their way back into it. It was a great, great character win.”

Ross struck a spark in the first half when it was much needed, and he continued at key moments of the second half when it was needed most. He ended with 18 points — including four 3-pointers – and added four rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes.

Ross got his opportunity to play when C.J. Wilcox was held out due to a sore hip. Then he took advantage when USC (8-6, 0-1 Pac-10) decided to put its only big perimeter defender – 6-foot-6 Marcus Simmons – on Isaiah Thomas.

“It was big,” Ross said. “It was big for me. It was big for the team. This is definitely something that we wanted to start the Pac-10 season off with. … I was open. I couldn’t hesitate. Coach said if I was open I should shoot the ball. That’s what I had to do.”

Senior Matthew Bryan-Amaning contributed 18 points and eight rebounds. Venoy Overton, Isaiah Thomas and Abdul Gaddy all hit key free throws when the Trojans fouled in overtime.

“Matthew stepped up against their front line and was terrific,” Romar said. “Terrence Ross? What a game to break out: on the road, Pac-10 opener. He really showed up. … But again, I just thought we played good defense, we did a great job on the boards, we did the little things that will allow you to beat a very good team on the road.”

Washington limited the Trojans to 34.5 percent shooting from the field. The Huskies also mauled USC on the boards, 44-28.

The combination finally proved enough to offset a 28-point, 14-rebound performance by Southern California’s Nikola Vucevic.

“We gave ourselves a chance to win down the stretch, but didn’t get it done,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “We executed well, but had two big turnovers down the stretch and we gave them offensive rebounds again, which is really hurting us in close games.”

The crowd of 5,584 included large portions of Washington fans in the area for the Holiday Bowl game tonight in San Diego. At times they created as much noise as the USC fans. And when the Huskies clinched it, they chanted “Just like football,” recalling the football team’s win at USC back in October.

“That was awesome support there,” Romar said. “They were loud. That was great.”

Washington (9-3, 1-0) will practice at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, preparing for its to Pac-10 1 p.m. New Year’s eve date at UCLA.

However, Romar said the practice will be over in time for the hoops Huskies to gather in their rooms and watch the football Huskies meet Nebraska.

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Dec.
29th

Everything winding down on the eve of Holiday Bowl

Greetings from a very wet, windy and stormy San Diego. This afternoon has seen a deluge – almost hurricane-like conditions – hit the area, causing concern for what the Qualcomm Stadium field might be like Thursday for the Holiday Bowl.

No practices today; just the traditional morning coaches’ press conference (Nebraska’s Bo Pelini and UW’s Steve Sarkisian attended and spoke), the afternoon kickoff luncheon involving both teams and coaching staffs and then team meetings and a brief walkthrough at the stadium.

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Dec.
29th

Huskies’ hoops answers start at USC tonight

Is this the season when the Huskies hoops breaks through to the Elite Eight or beyond? The answer to that question will be determined by the answers to several other questions. And we’ll begin getting answers tonight when UW opens the Pac-10 season at USC:

Will UW’s rebounding inconsistency linger?
Last season, Washington led the Pac-10 in rebounding margin. This season they have fallen to fourth, despite a starting lineup that replaces 6-foot-6 Quincy Pondexter with 7-foot Azia N’Diaye. Significantly, UW has been out-rebounded in all three losses. The problem isn’t physical: These Huskies are taller than last year’s

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Dec.
28th

Huskies’ trip to U.S.S. Ronald Reagan big eye-opener

Before the trip ever took off, many Washington players conceded the Holiday Bowl-related activity they were most looking forward to was the luncheon Tuesday on the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, a Navy aircraft carrier.

But after it was over, the experience opened some of the eyes of the UW coaches, notably headmaster Steve Sarkisian.

“That was a very cool event,” Sarkisian said. “It humbles you in a sense that you are sitting there, and there is the sailor sitting at your table and you look in their eyes and you realize they are 18-, 19-, 20-year old kids – the same kids we work with every day. And they are out there in the Middle East defending our country.”

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