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A Sonny night in Tucson
'Cats are Shackel-(ford)-ed and quartered
Malamute, 1 October 2006

Sonny Shackelford caught 5 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown, all in the first half, as Washington (4-1) scored 21 points in the second quarter to beat Arizona, 21-10. UW held Arizona to -7 yards rushing.

With all deference to Shackelford, it was the Isaiah Stanback show once again, as it was in UW's last two games against Fresno State and UCLA. We can't headline Stanback every week, can we?

However, ahem.

Against the Wildcats, Isaiah threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 47 yards, accounting for 340 of the Huskies' 447 total net yards. It was a big-play night for Stanback, who threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Quintin Daniels (photo left) and connected with Shackelford on a 50-yard pass. On his touchdown catch, Daniels put a nifty move on a defender, faking right and going left. Isaiah also connected with Anthony Russo on a 44-yard pass and with Marcel Reece on a 29 yarder.

"They (the Huskies) are gaining some confidence and believing that we are a decent football team, and when you believe that, it's amazing what it does to you," Washington defensive coordinator Kent Baer told Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. "You start being more aggressive and not sitting back."

The Good:

Going back to last season, the Huskies have won 5 of their last 7 games.

Not since 2003 has Washington won three games in a row.  In fact, the Dawgs (4-1, 2-0) are tied for first place in the Pac-10.

Coach Tyrone Willingham has doubled his win output from last season, 4 wins against 2 last year. UW needs two more wins to become bowl eligible. Last season, Willingham doubled Keith Gilbertson's 1-win season from 2004. So, if the wins stop at 4  this season, will Tyrone win 8 games next season?

Games against Stanford, Arizona State, Oregon State, USC, and Washington State appear winnable. Oregon and Cal, games on the road, have too much fire power for the Dawgs. Yes, the USC game is winnable -- but it probably won't be won since the game will be played in Los Angeles this Saturday.  Traditionally, the Dawgs have played poorly in L. A.

Sean Douglas' 62-yard punt.

Stanback's pass efficiency on the game: 172.8.

Over his career, Stanback has tossed 20 touchdown passes and has been intercepted just 12 times, which is a remarkable stat when you consider the Huskies' won/lost record over that time (7 wins, 20 losses).

The defense accounted for -54 yards in sacks, which went against the Wildcats' rushing total. The Huskies had 11 tackles for a loss.

It has been a privilege to have watched Sonny Sixkiller, Don Heinrich, Bob Schloredt, Bill Douglas, Warren Moon, Billy Joe Hobert, Mark Brunell, Marques Tuiasosopo, and Cody Pickett quarterback the Dawgs over the years. Add Stanback to that list.

LB Scott White, one of Rick Neuheisel's "soft recruits," according to more than one Internet message board poster, led all tacklers with ten, three of them for a loss. In fact, Rick's recruits have played prominent roles in all the Huskies' wins this season, Stanback, who has been an Internet whipping boy, too, being one of them. "Shack" is one of Rick's recruits also. So far, though, Shackelford hasn't endured the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, in this case, that being unfair criticism from fans.

The Bad:

The offense's jejune second half. The UW was trying to run out the clock in the second half and play conservatively, relying on its defense to get the job done. But at one point in the second half, Washington had consecutive rushes of 1, 2, 1, 3, -7, 3, 3, 1, 0, 2, 1, 0 yards (12 rushes, 10 yards).

Three of fourteen third-down conversions.

Kicker Michael Braunstein missed field goal attempts of 39 and 22 yards. Braunstein is 2 for 4 in field goals this season.

Our subhead, "'Cats are Shackel-(ford)-ed and quartered." (That is, shackled and quartered. The headline puns (Sonny) Shackelford's name and the phrase "drawn and quartered," the quartering referring to UW's second-quarter outburst).

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Mal's word of the week: jejune (dull, insipid)

 
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 0 21 0 0 21
Arizona 3 0 7 0 10


Time Team How Player (s) Score
1st qtr        
9:51 UA FG Nicolas Folk 52-yard kick UA 3-0
2nd qtr
6:07 UW TD Sonny Shackelford 3-yard pass from Isaiah Stanback; Michael Braunstein kick. UW 7-3
2:44 UW TD Kenny James 4-yard run; Braunstein kick. UW 14-3
:22 UW TD Quintin Daniels 55-yard pass from Stanback; Braunstein kick. UW 21-3
3rd qtr        
5:55 UA TD S. Steptoe 13-yard pass from
Willie Tuitama
UW 21-10


Statistic UW UA
Total First Downs 16 17
  Rushing 4 2
  Passing 11 14
  Penalty 1 1
Total Net Yards 447 301
Net Yards Passing 293 308
Net Yards Rushing 154 -7
Completions-att-int 14-26-1 24-41-1
Punts, yards, average 8-340-42.5 9-408-45.3
Times sacked (number, yards) 0-0 6,-54
Return Yardage 49 45
  Punts Yards 3-43 1-11
  Kickoff Yards 0-0 2-34
 Interceptions returns Yds 1-6 1-0
Penalties Yards 5-55 8-78
Fumbles: number/lost 1-0 4-0
Time of Possession  31:08 28:52

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Arizona          
Willie Tuitama 24 41 308 1 1
           
Washington          
Isaiah Stanback 14 25 293 2 1
Carl Bonnell 0-1 0 0 0 0

Arizona Rushing
att yds tds long  
Chris Henry 5 24 0 13  
C. Jennings 10 19 0 14  
X Smith 1 7 0 7  
Mike Thomas 1 5 0 5  
Willie Tuitama 7 -62 0 0  
Washington Rushing att yds tds long
Isaiah Stanback 10 47 0 18  
Kenny James 12 45 1 21  
Louis Rankin 17 63 0 13  
Team 1 -1 0 0  
Pass Receiving rec yds tds long
Arizona        
Mike Thomas 5 91 0 31  
S. Steptoe 5 85 1 35  
A. Johnson 5 41 0 24  
Chris Henry 2 27 0 15  
Brandyn McCall 2 13 0 8  
C. Jennings 2 11 0 9  
E. Mitchell 1 27 0 27  
Brad Wood 1 8 0 8  
Brandon Lopez 1 5 0 5  
           
Washington Pass Rec. rec yds tds long
Anthony Russo 2 61 0 44  
Johnie Kirton 1 8 0 8  
Marcel Reece 1 29 0 29  
Quintin Daniels 1 55 1 55  
Sonny Shackelford 5 105 1 50  
Louis Rankin 2 12 0 8  
Kenny James 2 23 0 17  
           
Punting punts yds long Avg
Arizona
Nick Folk 9 408 61 45.3  
           
Washington          
Sean Douglas 8 340 62 42.5  
           
Attendance: 55,409          

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

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