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Archives: Dec. 2011

Dec.
29th

Washington postgame press conference transcript and audio

COACH SARKISIAN: Can I just start for a minute? I’ll say the Valero Alamo Bowl and ESPN got what they were hoping for tonight. What a game. What a game to be part of for these guys. That’s a good football team, obviously. We knew coming in it wasn’t just about Robert Griffin, it was their entire offensive football team. They weren’t the No. 2 offense in the country just for a fluke. They were good. We knew the challenges

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Dec.
29th

Game updates: Baylor 67, Washington 56 — 2:28 fourth quarter

Fourth Quarter

2:28 — Washington fails to convert on fourth and 8 and Baylor doesn’t just run the clock out, they scored again as Ganaway scores from 44 yards out. It’s now 67-56 and over.

8:15 — Baylor needs only 1:25 to score again. Robert Griffin III hits Kendall Wright on a 48-yard pass which led to Ganaway’s 4-yard TD run. Baylor leads 60-56

9:40 — Keith Price continues to play like a future Heisman winner. He scrambles away from two tackles and gets into the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown run.  UW leads 56-53

Third quarter

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Dec.
29th

The pick: Baylor 52, Washington 31

Basically I sat and tried to figure out a way in which Washington wins this football game. This is the only scenario – Chris Polk runs for 200 yards, UW controls the ball and kills the clock and  the Huskies get a lucky turnover or play on special teams.

When Kansas nearly upset Baylor earlier this year, the Jayhawks – who have a worse defense than UW – were able to keep Baylor’s offense off the field by running for close to 300 yards and holding the ball for nearly 3/4 of the game.

The more opportunities you give RGIII, the worse off you will be.

Could UW win? Yes.

Will UW win? I don’t see all those things going right. In the end, I think Washington will get down a couple of scores and be forced to throw and throw an that will hurt them.

Check out the breakdown below …

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Dec.
29th

Huskies beat OSU, 95-80, in Pac-12 opener

Small crowd as national anthem is sung before conference opener.

It’s final. UW goes 1-0 in conference race with 95-80 win over Oregon State. The Oregon Ducks — also a winner tonight — visit Saturday.

Tony Wroten leads UW with 26 points. However, five other Huskies in double figures: Gaddy, N’Diaye, Wilcox, Simmons and Ross.

Joe Burton leads OSU with 18 points. Jared Cunningham, who had 13 points at halftime, ends with 15.

Here’s some of what both sides had to say afterward:

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
Opening comments:

They are a dangerous offensive team, Oregon State. There is nobody that they put on the court that can’t do something offensively. Burton, we had him as a guy that we planned to go single coverage because he’s such a good passer. He showed that he had offense tonight. So I commend our guys because we were able to come out and persevere here. Desmond Simmons I thought had a great game, brought us energy off the bench. Two statistics that glare out are that that team forces so many turnovers, and we only committed 9. Also our ability to make free throws, we were 17-20. Those two areas really make a difference in the game. We turn the ball over a few more times or miss half of those foul shots; maybe it’s a different game. Tony Wroten was very good. He rebounded the ball, he scored the ball, and he took care of the ball. He did a nice job for us.

Was this Tony Wroten’s Smartest Game?
I don’t think there’s any question, sometimes how Read more »

Dec.
29th

KeiVarae Russell chooses Notre Dame over Washington

The “fence” around the state of Washington that head coach Steve Sarkisian boasted of building to keep in-state recruits in seems to have a few holes in it.

For the third time this season, the Huskies have lost out on a high-profile in-state recruit as Mariner running back KeiVarae Russell announced today that he will attend Notre Dame next fall. Russell had narrowed his choices down to the Irish and the Huskies.

That means, Washington has now lost out on Tacoma Baptist offensive tackle Walker Williams, who committed to Wisconsin, and Puyallup offensive

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Dec.
29th

Noon hoops: What’s wrong with the Pac-12?

Big thanks to Todd Milles, who stepped in and wrote an excellent preview of the Pac-12 basketball season which begins tonight.

His story addresses all of what has gone wrong with the Pac-12 in the non-conference season, while pointing out that the lack of any true “star” level players is a factor in the early season troubles.

From Todd’s story

The numbers are not pretty. Consider:

• Pac-12 teams are 0-12 against ranked opponents.

• Although nine of the 12 conference teams posted winning marks, 31 of the collective 57

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Dec.
29th

Morning reading: Alamo Bowl preview

It’s going to be a long day for both teams as they have to wait for an 8 p.m. kickoff local time. Plenty of buildup to the game, but I do wonder if there as much interest in this game than a year ago for the Holiday Bowl. There just doesn’t seem to be as much buzz surrounding the game.

From game preview today …

In years past for the Huskies, playing in a bowl game in consecutive seasons wasn’t so much an accomplishment as an expectation. The program was a national power under Don James,

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Dec.
28th

Huskies will honor Andrew Moritz before Thursday’s Pac-12 opener

From the press release …

The Washington Huskies men’s basketball team will honor former player Andrew Moritz prior to the 6:00 p.m. tipoff of their Pac-12 opener versus Oregon State on Thursday.

Moritz, who was a walk on at Washington from 1997-2000, passed away on Nov. 26 after a three-year battle against cancer.

The Huskies will play Thursday’s game with a decal on the floor by their team bench displaying the initials A.M. and the years of his life, 1978-2011.

“Andrew was a dedicated Husky,” said Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar. “He was someone that would inspire anyone that came into contact with

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