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From raining cats and dogs to Dawgs reining Katz
Jake Locker throws five touchdown passes, 4 to Kearse
Malamute, 16 October 2010

Ryan Katz and the Oregon State Beavers missed on a two-point conversion in the second overtime, and the Washington Huskies (3-3, 2-1) prevailed, 35-34, at Husky Stadium.

Last Saturday at Arizona, Katz completed 30 of 42 passes for 393 yards and two touchdowns, with two others called back by penalties

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/george_schroeder/10/15/oregon-state/#ixzz12WQatlBs
Last Saturday at Arizona, Katz completed 30 of 42 passes for 393 yards and two touchdowns, with two others called back by penalties

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/george_schroeder/10/15/oregon-state/#ixzz12WQatlBs

Last Saturday at Husky Stadium, it rained cats and dogs, as a lethargic Husky team lost to Arizona State, 24-14.

This Saturday, the Dawgs reined Katz -- the OSU quarterback, that is, intercepting him three times and forcing an incomplete pass on the two-point try in the second overtime. 

Showing what appeared to be an unstoppable offense, the Huskies took a 21-0 lead in the second quarter at the 10:06 mark, and, seemingly, a rout was underway.

Seizing the momentum back, however, the Beavers scored 21-unanswered points, to tie the game with 11:26 to go in the third quarter.

Thereafter, the two offenses regressed, and the two suspect defenses dominated the rest of regulation. It was still 21-all going into overtime.

Commenting on the Huskies' struggles after taking a 21-0 lead, coach Steve Sarkisian said, "We couldn't get out of our own way on offense for a minute there. We had four false starts, a delay of game penalty. It wasn't so much about them we were just putting ourselves in bad down and distance situations.''

For example, in the second quarter on a third and 18 from the Huskies' 26, Jordan Poyer intercepted Jake Locker, and the the Beavers had the ball on the Washington 35, from where they took five plays, aided by a 15-yard facemask penalty, to score a touchdown and narrow the lead to 21-14.

For any quarterback, throwing on third and long locked in his own territory is like drawing to an inside straight. Why not call a draw play, coach, and give your QB an even deal?

The Huskies and Beavers traded touchdowns in the first overtime, making it 28-all.

After the Huskies took a 35-28 lead in the second overtime, Jacquizz Rogers ran in from 2 yards out to winnow the lead to 35-34. OSU coach Mike Riley called a timeout and decided to go for two. 

Katz's pass to Joe Halahuni was in his hands but dropped thanks to the tight coverage by Cort Dennison.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times quotes Dennison as saying, "I thought (I touched it) I did. I don't know. All that matters is we won. So I don't really care if I got my hand on the ball --- he dropped it. ... I saw him looking that way and I saw 87 coming down the middle of the field and so I just had to be a playmaker. I saw that he was open and I just made a play on it.''

"I thought they were pretty hot," Riley said, commenting on the conversion attempt. "I thought we were having a hard time with them, so we thought we could win the game right there."

And what a turnaround for Katz.

Last Saturday at Arizona, Katz completed 30 of 42 passes for 393 yards and two touchdowns, with two others called back by penalties. Against UW Saturday night, Katz completed 17 of 31 passes for 206 yards and one touchdown, against three picks. All for an anemic passing efficiency rating of 101.95.

On the other hand, UW quarterback Jake Locker had the fourth-best passing performance of his remarkable career, completing 21 of 35 passes for 286 yards and five touchdowns, against one interception. His PE on the game was 170.07. His five touchdown passes were the most of his career and tied a school record.

Having to buttress a makeshift offensive line that was overwhelmed at times, Locker ran 12 times for 60 yards, bulling his way through the contact zone or legging it to the outside for valuable yardage, and, when needed, sprinting laterally to throw on the run, something he does as well as a lot of pros, and, most certainly, when running to his left.

With a legendary performance against USC two weeks ago, Locker, on the night, was "legendary," once more, having overcome the effects of the severe cold and bruised quad, both factors hampering his performance in the ASU game.

But Huskies wide receiver Jermaine Kearse made his mark, too, hauling in a school record four touchdown passes.

The indomitable Chris Polk, who fights for every yard, especially after initial contact, posted 105 yards on 25 carries.

OSU's Jacquizz Rodgers had 140 yards on 32 carries with three TDs. He also caught four passes for 49 yards and a TD.

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times offers his take on the Jake Locker show.

Although the Huskies hold a 58-33-4 lead in the series, the Beavers had won the last six in a row, including four at Husky Stadium, all since 2004. That streak has ended.

The Huskies keep their bowl hopes alive with this victory, needing three more wins to go to a bowl. They should be favored to win the UCLA (home) and WSU (away) games. So that's two more, say. Other than Oregon, they have a puncher's chance to win one of the other three. The punchers: Locker, Polk, Kearse and an improving defense. The punchees: Arizona (away), Stanford (home), and Cal (away). 

Figure 1. Locker's improvement in career passing efficiency over his last 19 games. (104.68 - 119.95). Call it the Sarkisian/Nussmeier effect.

Older players in the Dobie era?

In the era of Gilmour Dobie (1908 - 1916), it was common practice at the University of Washington for a large percentage of athletes to work a year or two between high school and matriculation. This gave them a maturity and seasoning that was highly advantageous in building an athletics endeavor. This practice most likely explains the ages of the four footballers pictured on page 451 of a document published in 1914, titled, "Washington--A University of the Northwest," by Henry J. Case.

The players pictured are:

Bevin Presley, Senior, Center, age 24;
Wayne Sutton, Senior, Right End, age 22
Cedric Miller, Sophomore, Left Half, age 21
Herman Anderson, Senior, Right Tackle, Age 23

In his photo, Presley, age 24, shows a receding hairline.

Team 1 2 3 4 ot ot Total
OSU 0 14 7 0 7 6 34
Washington 7 14 0 0 7 7 35

Time Team How Player (s) Score
1st qtr        
4:22 UW TD Jake Locker 16-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse; Erik Folk kick. UW, 7-0
2nd qtr        
14:53 UW TD Locker 4-yard pass to D'Andre Goodwin; Folk PAT. UW, 14-0
10:06 UW TD Locker 45-yard pass to Kearse; Folk boot. UW, 21-0
6:11 OSU TD Ryan Katz 5-yard run; Justin Kahut kick. UW, 21-7
3:09 OSU TD Jacquizz Rogers 6-yard run; Kahut kick. UW, 21-14
3rd qtr
11:26 OSU TD Jacquizz Rogers 4-yard run; Kahut kick. T,  21-21
15:00 OSU TD Katz 10-yard pass to Jacquizz Rogers; Kahut boot. OSU, 28-21
15:00 UW TD Locker 17-yard pass to Kearse; Folk kick. T, 28-28
15:00 UW TD Locker 21-yard pass to Kearse; Folk kick. UW, 35-28
15:00 OSU TD Jacquizz Rogers 2-yard run; Katz pass failed. UW, 35-34


Statistics OSU UW
Total First Downs 22 26
  Rushing 8 11
  Passing 12 12
  Penalty 2 3
Total Net Yards 353 475
Net Yards Passing 206 286
Net Yards Rushing 147 189
Completions-att-int 17-31-3 21-35-1
Punts, yards, average 6-243, 40.5 4-192, 48.0
Sacks by (number, yards) 2-7 3-24
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 1-105-0 4-75-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 2-15-0 4-19-0
Kickoff Yards 4-234 4-254
Net Yards per kickoff 39.8 37.2
Average yards per kickoff 58.5 63.5
Touchbacks (kickoffs) 0 0
Third-down conversions 7 of 15 6 of 15
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 1-0-0 3-5-0
Penalties, no., Yards 10-80 10-70
Fumbles; number/lost 0-0 2-2
Time of Possession  29:43 30:17

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Ryan Katz (101.95) 17 31 206 1 3
Jake Locker (170.07) 21 35 286 5 1
OSU Rushing No. yds tds long  
Jacquizz Rogers 32 140 3 22  
Ryan Katz 11 6 1 9  
Markus Wheaton 1 1 0 1  
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Jake Locker 12 60 0 17  
Chris Polk 25 105 0 18  
Jesse Callier 5 20 0 6  
Jordan Polk 1 4 0 4  
OSU Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
Aaron Nichols 5 72 0 28  
Jacquizz Rogers 4  49 1 20  
Markus Wheaton 4 43 0 12  
Jordan Bishop 2 32 0 23  
Geno Munoz 1 5 0 5  
Joe Halahuni 1 5 0 5  
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
Jordan Polk 1 9 0 9  
Jermaine Kearse 9 146 4 45  
Chris Polk 2 29 0 19  
D'Andre Goodwin 6 75 1 28  
Jesse Callier 1 6 0 6  
Cody Bruns 1 15 0 15  
Marlion Barnett 1 6 0 6  
OSU No. yds avg long tb
Johnny Hekker 6 243 40.5 52 0
Kiel Rasp 4 192 48.0 57 0
Attendance: 65,235          

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