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Trufant snags victory from the talons of the Eagles

In the closing seconds of the game, Washington CB Desmond Trufant intercepted a pass thrown by Bo Levi Mitchell to ensure a 30-27 victory  over the Eastern Washington University Eagles at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

"We knew they were going to take a shot," Trufant was quoted as saying. "I'm just happy they threw my way. We softened up the coverage a little bit and the ball came my way and I just went up to go get it."

Four Eagle turnovers were the key to the game, with the Huskies scoring 17 points off of the miscues.

The Eagles rained the air with 69 passes -- an aerial assault rivaling one of Saddam's scud missile attacks -- their offense more than doubling the Huskies' total yardage and first downs.

Unfortunately, defensive coordinator Nick Holt's Patriot missile system made just two interceptions. However, Trufant's pick was major, winning the skirmish as it turned out.

Except for Chris Polk's outstanding performance (125 yards rushing), the Washington offense appeared sluggish and inept, managing just 250 yards of total offense. Although Keith Price completed 17 of 25 passes for 102 yards and 3 touchdowns, his longest completion of the day was only 10 yards. He suffered sprained a knee in the first half, but didn't seem to limp at all in the second half. Hopefully, he'll be healthy when the Huskies face more of the same next week, in a pass-happy Hawaii team.

On special teams, Erik Folk contributed mightily, booting three field goals, coming from 40, 47 and 53 yards out. Folk had one touchback on kickoffs, matching half his total from 2K10.

Punter Kiel Rasp punted five times, averaging 46.8 yards per kick.

The turnover margin for the Dawgs was plus-4 and, surprisingly, they won time of possession.

The young receivers looked good, showing promise. Price connected with 10 different receivers in all.

Now for the bad news.

The Huskies' defense yielded a whopping 504 yards, 473 yards coming through the air. Just plain inexcusable when considering all the pre-season hype about the Dawgs' improved defense this season. After all this was an FCS team Washington was playing.

I'm not buying into this quote from Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times, "The Huskies are talented, but very, very young. That was obvious in this 30-27 season-opening win over Eastern."

Okay, maybe Coach Sark had the wraps on young Price, but we're mainly talking defense here and promises, promises, promises.

Although it is too soon make a prognosis for the year, the Washington team, as seen on Saturday, resembled some of the feckless teams coached by Tyrone Willingham (2005-2008), say a 2-10 rendition plucked somewhere from the Willingham era. His teams were also very, very young.

I'm haunted by some burning questions.

Has the mediocre transitional recruiting class of 2009 begun to show its affects?

Does Keith Price have a strong enough arm? Is he robust enough and physically strong enough to last all season? What happens when the coach (Steve Sarkisian) gives him the green light to throw the long ball?

What if Chris Polk goes down, the leader of what appears to be a one-dimensional offense?

Where was the pass rush on Saturday? Mitchell threw 69 times and was sacked just once!

Where was the closer, as an Angels' announcer might ask? The Huskies failed to run out the clock with 3:43 remaining and punted the ball away. With 1:03 left in the game and UW clinging to a three-point lead, the Eagles drove 70 yards from their own 5-yard line to the UW 25, from where Trufant intercepted Mitchell in the end zone to seal the deal.

Where are the Locker knockers now?

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
EWU 10 3 7 7 27
Washington 7 13 7 3 30


Time Team How Player (s) Score
1st qtr        
11:26 UW TD Keith Price 7-yard pass to Jonathan Amosa; Erik Folk PAT. UW, 0-7
9:08 EWU TD Bo Mitchell 32-yard pass to Ashton Clark; Mike Jarrett kick. T, 7-7
2:14 EWU FG Jarrett 28 yarder. EWU, 10-7
2nd qtr
12:25 UW TD Price 9-yard pass to James Johnson; Folk kick. UW, 14-10
5:25 UW FG Folk 53-yard boot. UW, 17-10
3:28 UW FG Folk 47 yarder. UW, 20-10
0:00 EWU FG Jarrrett 28-yard kick. UW, 20-13
3rd qtr
2:44 UW TD Price 6-yard pass to Kasen Williams; Folk boot. UW, 27-13
:44 EWU TD Mitchell 43-yard pass to Greg Herd; Jarrett kick. UW, 27-20
4th qtr
9:37 UW FG Folk 40-yard boot. UW, 30-20
3:50 EWU TD Mitchell 5-yard pass to N. Edwards; Jarrett kick. UW, 30-27

 

Statistics EWU UW
Total First Downs 30 14
  Rushing 5 9
  Passing 22 5
  Penalty 3 0
Total Net Yards 504 250
Net Yards Passing 473 102
Net Yards Rushing 31 148
Completions-att-int 39-69-2 17-25-0
Punts, yards, average 1-47; 47.0 5-234; 46.8
Sacks by (number, yards) 3-33 1-5
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 6-129-0 5-113-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 2--5-0 0-0-0
Kickoff Yards 5-303 7-443
Net Yards per kickoff 38.0 42.0
Average yards per kickoff 60.6 63.3
Touchbacks (kickoffs) 0 1
Third-down conversions 10 of 16 6 of 15
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 0-0-0 2-7-0
Penalties, no., Yards 5-35 6-60
Fumbles; number/lost 2-2 0-0
Time of Possession  29:18 30:42

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Bo Mitchell; 122.66 39 69 473 3 2
           
Washington          
Keith Price; 149.87 17 25 102 3 0
           
           
Eagles Rushing No. yds tds long  
Mario Brown 8 30 0 13  
D. Bronson 5 5 0 4  
Jordan Talley 2 0 0 1  
Bo Mitchell 2 -4 0 1  
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Chris Polk 23 125 0 26  
Jessie Callier 10 47 0 13  
Team 1 -1 0 0  
Keith Price 4 -23 0 10  
           
EWU Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
N. Edwards 12 108 1 32  
Brandon Kaufman 10 140 0 29  
Greg Herd 7 87 1 43  
Ashton Clark 4 73 1 32  
Zach Gehring 2 26 0 23  
Jordan Tallley 2 19 0 20  
Mario Brown 1 15 0 15  
D. Bronson 1 5 0 5  
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
James Johnson 4 29 1 9  
Kevin Smith 3 15 0 8  
Kasen Williams 2 6 1 6  
Michael Hartvigson 2 5 0 7  
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins 1 10 0 10  
Jermaine Kearse 1 8 0 8  
Devin Aguilar 1 8 0 8  
Jonathan Amosa 1 7 1 7  
Jessie Callier 1 7 0 7  
DiAndre Campbell 1 7 0 7  
           
Punting        
EWU No. yds avg long IN20
Jake Miller 1 47 47 47 0
           
Washington          
   
Kiel Rasp 5 234 46.8 55 2
           
Attendance: 58,088          

Richard Linde, aka Malamute can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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