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Huskies beat Spartans, 35-29
UW pass defense is where it left off last year
Malamute, 3 September 2006

A win is a win is a win. You can't knock that, especially after going 2-9 the year before. The Washington Huskies beat San Jose State University, 35-29, before 52,256 apathetic fans on a warm, sunny day at Husky Stadium and are 1-0 on the season.

Knock, knock. Who's there? Knocking the win.

The adjective best describing the UW pass defense is the same as it was the year before: anemic.

I'd like to sweep that adjective under the synthetic turf at Husky Stadium, but it can't be ignored, lest we put on blinders and ignore the iron deficiency that threatens to replicate last season's anemia.

Washington was one of the worst teams in passing defense efficiency last season, posting a wretched rating of 150.17, which was good for 113th in Division I-A football. The Huskies allowed the opposition to complete 67% of its passes.  

Last year,  the Spartans had a passing efficiency of 105.79, finishing 100th best in the nation out 117 Division I-A teams. SJSU was one of 12 teams that failed to complete half of its passes, just 47%.

In the health department, the Spartans' iron deficiency resolved itself against the Huskies, with quarterback Adam Trafalis completing 28 of 35 passes, for 323 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. His pass efficiency rating was 185.81 on the game, ranking him thirteenth in the nation.  Put in perspective, Rudy Carpenter of Arizona State led the nation in pass efficiency last year, posting a rating of 175.0, and Trafalis had a rating of 108.5 that season.

The good news for Washington is that its offensive line and defensive front seven acquitted themselves most admirably. The Huskies ran for 300 yards, while holding the Spartans to just 50 yards on the ground. UW had 3 sacks and gave up 1. The highlight of the day was Louis Rankin's 68-yard touchdown gallop, thanks to a block from Stanley Daniels that widened the hole Rankin had found; Rankin had 10 carries for 145 yards. Quarterback Isaiah Stanback carried the ball 17 times for 102 yards and a touchdown. He passed 25 times, completing 16 of them for 168 yards with one touchdown and an interception.

Stanback's passing efficiency rating was 125.65 on the day.  Last year, it was 128.8.

Three UW turnovers early on led to three Spartan field goals which, in the final analysis, kept the men from the land of Sparta in the game throughout. In fact, after SJSU scored its first field goal, the two teams traded scores the rest of the way. Every time the Spartans would narrow the Huskies' lead, the Dawgs would manage to turn on the afterburners to melt the winnowed gap. Rankin's touchdown run came 30 seconds on the clock, the next play, after SJSU had narrowed the lead to 28-22 in the fourth quarter with 5:32 to go.

The Spartans scored again at the 2:03 mark, to close the Dawgs' lead to 35-29. After the Huskies went three and out, Dwight Lowery returned a Sean Douglas punt to the Spartans' 15 with 36 seconds left in the game. SJSU managed to work the ball to its own 35, when the clock ran out. 

Anemia cast aside, pass efficiency ratings are for the statisticians. The final score was for the Husky fans.

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
SJSU 6 3 6 14 29
UW 7 14 7 7 35


Time Team How Player (s) Score
1st qtr        
10:42 SJSU FG Jared Strubeck, 40 yards SJSU 3-0
6:32 UW TD Kenny James 17-yard run, Michael Braunstein kick UW 7-3
:21 SJSU FG Strubeck 32 yard kick UW 7-6
2nd qtr
10:45 UW TD Louis Rankin 34-yard run, Braunstein kick UW 14-6
6:33 SJSU FG Strubeck 45-yard kick UW 14-9
:21 UW TD Kenny James 21-yard pass from Isaiah Stanback; Braunstein kick UW 21-9
3rd qtr        
11:31 SJSU TD James Jones 50-yard pass from Adam Tafralis; Strubeck's kick failed UW 21-15
5:10 UW TD Stanback 6-yard run; Braunstein kick UW 28-15
4th Qtr        
5:32 SDSU TD James Jones 50-yard pass from Tafralis; Strubeck kick UW 28-22
5:02 UW TD Louis Rankin 68-yard run; Braunstein kick UW 35-22
2:03 SJDU TD Jones 6-yard pass from Tafralis UW 35-29


Statistic SDSU UW
Total First Downs 19 22
  Rushing 2 15
  Passing 15 7
  Penalty 2 0
Total Net Yards 373 468
Net Yards Passing 323 168
Net Yards Rushing 50 300
Completions-att-int 28-37-0 16-25-1
Punts, yards, average 5-222-44.4 3-137-45.7
Sacks by  (number, yards) 1-3 3-16
Return Yardage    
  Punts Yards 1-0 4-26
  Kickoff Yards 2-41 6-100
 Interceptions returns Yds 1-0 -
Penalties Yards 6-30 4-40
Fumble returns 2-7 -
Time of Possession  29:29 30:31

Passing cmp att yds tds int
SJSU          
Adam Tafralis 28 35 323 3 0
Team 0 2 0 0 0
Washington          
Isaiah Stanback 16 25 168 1 1
           
SJSU Rushing att yds tds long  
Adam Tafralis 16 7 0 7  
Yonus Davis 9 33 0 11  
Patrick Perry 3 12 0 8  
James T. Callier 1 0 0 0  
Jacob French 1 -2 0 0  
           
Washington Rushing att yds tds long
Isaiah Stanback 17 102 1 26  
Kenny James 14 53 1 17  
Louis Rankin 10 145 2 68  
           
Pass Receiving rec yds tds long
SJSU        
James Jones 9 130 3 60  
John Broussard 8 83 0 18  
Jacob French 5 31 0 11  
Chester Coleman 2 38 0 21  
Michael Hooper 2 17 0 9  
Patrick Perry 1 20 0 20  
           
           
Washington Pass Rec. rec yds tds long
Anthony Russo 6 43 0 12  
Robert Lewis 2 17 0 10  
Michael Gottlieb 1 24 0 24  
Kenny James 2 30 1 21  
Sonny Shackelford 1 19 0 19  
Corey Williams 4 32 0 9  
           
Punting punts yds long Avg
SJSU
Prather Waylon 5 222 51 44.4  
           
Washington          
Sean Douglas 3 137 54 45.7  
           
Attendance: 52,256          

Richard Linde (a.k.a., Malamute) can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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