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Trumpeted trio defuse 'Cuse
Huskies rally back from 10-point deficit
Malamute, 11 September 2010

Led by its trumpeted trio of Jake Locker, Jermaine Kearse, and Chris Polk, the Washington Huskies rallied back from a 10-point deficit to coast to a 41-20 victory over the Syracuse Orange at Husky Stadium.

Quarterback Locker, with a sterling performance, if not Heisman-esque, passed for 289 yards and 4 touchdowns, while completing 22 of 33 passes with no interceptions. Locker's passing efficiency on the game, 180.23, was the third highest of his career, exceeded only by games against Idaho (192.61) and California (216.23) last season. Locker's PE on the season is 150.17; he's completed 60% of his passes in two games, a nice bogey to reach.

Locker's steady improvement in career passing efficiency is shown in Figure 1 below (taken over the 2009 and 2010 seasons). Figure 2 shows Locker's career passing efficiency before Steve Sarkisian's and Doug Nussmeir's arrival (taken over the 2007 and 2008 seasons.) The data shown in Figure 1 partly explain the fifth year senior's decision to finish out his career with the Dawgs and nix the pros at the end of the 2009 season. He's getting better with each game, improving steadily over his first two years at Washington, according to the numbers.

Having a career day, junior wide receiver Kearse caught 9 passes for 179 yards and 3 touchdowns, with a long of 57 yards that came mostly on a run after catch.

Running back Polk rushed for 117 yards on 20 carries and got off a 52-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, to give the Huskies a 34-13 lead.

The Huskies' defense held Syracuse to just 336 total yards, sacking quarterback Ryan Nassib once, while putting considerable pressure on him most of the day. As a result, Nassib finished with a mediocre passing efficiency (100.77) on the game.

In his blog, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, the fastest typist in town, quotes defensive coordinator Nick Holt as saying, "I thought other than a couple missed tackles and the fourth quarter touchdown on second and long, I thought our guys did a nice job, I really did. They executed the game plan, did a nice job in coverage, played the run real well. I knew they were going to try to run the ball and for the most part I thought we were really really stingy."

Figure 1. Locker's improvement in career passing efficiency over his last 14 games. (106.71 - 119.45). Call it the Sarkisian/Nussmeier effect.

Figure 2. Locker's career passing efficiency in his first 16 games (the 2007/2008 seasons (starting at 136.46 and ending at 104.68).

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Syracuse 10 0 0 10 20
Washington 3 10 14 14 41


Time Team How Player (s) Score
1st qtr        
12:41 SU TD Ryan Nassib 28-yard run SU, 7-0
4:29 SU FG Ross Krautman, 29-yard kick. SU, 10-0
.05 UW FG Erik Folk 37-yard boot. SU, 10-3
2nd qtr
6:50 UW FG Folk 24-yarder SU, 10-6
4:09 UW TD Jake Locker 5-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse, Folk kick. UW, 13-10
3rd qtr
14:40 UW TD Locker 57-yard pass to Kearse; Folk kick. UW, 20-10
6:20 UW TD Locker 28-yard pass to Kearse; Folk PAT. UW, 27-10
4th qtr
12:24 SU FG Krautman 37-yard kick. UW, 27-13
10:04 UW TD Chris Polk 52-yard run; Folk kick. UW, 34-13
7:13 SU TD Nassib 19-yard pass to Alec Lemon; Krautman kick. UW, 34-20
6:33 UW TD Locker 14-yard pass to Devin Aguilar; Folk kick. UW, 41-20

 

Statistic SU UW
Total First Downs 16 20
  Rushing 5 5
  Passing 10 14
  Penalty 1 1
Total Net Yards 336 447
Net Yards Passing 224 292
Net Yards Rushing 112 175
Completions-att-int 19-37-1 23-34-0
Punts, yards, average 6-358; 43.0 6-242; 40.3
Sacks by (number, yards) 0-0 3-27
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 8-207-0 4-72-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 4-56-0 1-0-0
Kickoff Yards 5-250 8-515
Net Yards per kickoff 35.6 38.5
Average yards per kickoff 50.0 64.4
Touchbacks (kickoffs) 0 0
Third-down conversions 5 of 16 9 of 18
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 0-0-0 1-0-0
Penalties, no., Yards 10-80 7-65
Fumbles; number/lost 4-1 2-1
Time of Possession  28:06 31:54

Passing cmp att yds tds int
SU          
Ryan Nassib (100.77) 17 35 202 1 1
Charley Loeb 2 2 22 0 0
           
Washington          
Jake Locker (180.23) 22 33 289 4 0
Keith Price 1 1 3 0 0
           
SU Rushing No. yds tds long  
Delone Carter 18 91 0 18  
Ryan Nassib 7 20 1 28  
Antwon Bailey 4 16 0 13  
Aaron Weaver 1 -7 0 0  
Charley Loeb 1 -8 0 0  
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Jake Locker 5 12 0 8  
Chris Polk 20 117 1 52  
Jesse Callier 8 46 0 24  
           
SU Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
Van Chew 6 83 0 37  
Aaron Weaver 4 58 0 32  
Nick Provo 3 19 0 8  
Alec Lemon 2 34 1 19  
Antwon Bailey 2 11 0 6  
Jose Cruz 1 16 0 16  
Delone Carter 1 3 0 3  
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
Ryan Tolar 1 0 0 0  
D'Andre Goodwin 1 6 0 6  
Devin Aguilar 7 81 1 20  
Chris Polk 1 2 0 2  
Jermaine Kearse 9 179 3 57  
Marlion Barnett 2 15 0 8  
James Johnson 1 3 0 3  
Austin Sylvester 1 6 0 6  
           
Punting        
  No. yds avg long tb
Rob Long 6 258 43.0 56 2
           
Washington          
   
Kiel Rasp 6 242 40.3 53 0
Attendance: 62,418          

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