2002 totals: 968 yards, 74.5 yards per game, 2.1 yards per carry.
2003 to date: 202 yards, 101 yards per game, 2.66 yards per carry
The Dawgs finally broke out in the rushing column. They finished the game with 195 yards on 52 carries, and 7 different players racked up positive yards. Rich Alexis led the pack with 74 yards, but Shelton Sampson scored both rushing touchdowns of the game. The yards per carry statistic was so putrid last week, the 2.66 average to date is actually quite good.
2002 total: +1
2003 to date: +1
The Dawgs lost two fumbles and Cody Pickett threw one interception. But Indiana failed to score any points off these opportunities. On the other hand, Indiana lost one fumble and Matt LoVecchio threw one interception, and the Dawgs capitalized with 14 points off of the miscues.
2002 total: Opponents converted 40% of their third-down attempts. On "third-and-long" (6 yards or more), the number of big plays given up were: 10-19 yds. (19 times); 20-29 (13 times); 30-39 (1 time); 40-49 (2 times)
2003 to date: Opponents have converted 40.6% of their third-down attempts. On "third-and-long" (6 yards or more), the number of big plays given up were: 10-19 yds. (4 times); 20-29 (2 times); 30-39 (0 time); 40-49 (0 time)
The Husky defense still gave up 41% third-down conversion rate this afternoon, but they only gave up three big plays on "third and long." LoVecchio's scrambling abilities accounted for two of these plays, going for 25 and 10 yards.
|UW vs INDIANA GAME GALLERY|
Even Steven: In a game where most thought it would be a little more one-sided, the Dawgs and Hoosiers played even in the first half. They were tied 10-10, and Indiana had 186 yards of total offense to Washington's 185. Washington held the ball almost two minutes longer, but Indiana had two more first downs than the Dawgs. Matt LoVecchio highlighted the half by completing 10 straight passes. Reggie Williams was held to 1 catch for 17 yards.
Thank goodness for wake-up calls … especially when they go for 70 yards. The Dawgs and their fans needed that shot in the arm, a 70-yard Pickett to Williams TD to put the Dawgs up 17-13 in the third quarter. Cody Pickett now has 7 pass plays that have gone for 70 or more yards and 4 have been to Williams. That sure was a loud ringer because the Dawgs put a 28-spot on the board, passing for 135 and running for 65 yards in the third stanza.
Nice to see you: On his first carry, FB Zach Tuiasosopo took the handoff and ran behind Dan Dicks for 8 yards … On Isaiah Stanback's first touch, he took the handoff on an end-around for 6 yards … On Kenny James' first home carry, he went for 5 yards. He had a beautiful 17-yard catch and run upfield that was brought back by a holding call … Joe Toledo had a beautiful grab on a seam route for 35 yards … Graham Lasee alertly recovered a backward pass to give the Dawgs the ball at their own 46-yard line … Shelton Sampson's first carry was a 6-yard touchdown, where his speed took him right around the corner into the endzone… his second carry was a 10-yarder on a toss sweep … Sonny Shackelford's first catch went for 10 yards and was barely kept out of the endzone …
Third-down offense: The Husky offense had to improve on their third-down conversions from last week, where they converted only 2-17 (12%). This week was a much-improved effort, converting 10-16 (62.5%) and was 1 for 2 on fourth-down conversions.
Pressure Cooker?: In a first half where there wasn't much defensive pressure, Terry Johnson helped his team close out the first half on a somewhat high note. With Indiana ready to punch it in for some points off of the Pickett interception, Tank broke through the line and sacked LoVecchio for a 9-yard loss. The loss forced the Hoosiers to go for a 52-yard field goal, which fell short. The defense picked it up in the second half, allowing the Cream and Crimson only 3 points and 98 yards of offense. The defense finished with only 2 sacks, but had 8 tackles-for-loss.
Balance Factor: (2002: 82.3% pass compared to 17.7% run). In case you forgot, last week, 97% of the Husky offense came via the pass, as did all 12 of their first downs. This week, the offense was more balanced at 60.2% pass compared to 39.8% run. They were able to pick up 10 first downs via the run and 12 via the pass.
Indiana's Scoring Drives: The pattern has been that when the Dawgs' opponent scores, they score quickly and score by the big play. But today, it was either all or nothing for the Hoosiers. When Indiana scored, they showed off their Big-10 style of play by controlling the line of scrimmage and marching down the field.
– First (TD): 13 plays for 76 yards, TOP 4:50. Big plays of 10, 10, 13, 13, 17
– Second (FG): 11 plays for 59 yards, TOP 5:38. Big plays of 18, 18
– Third (FG): 11 plays for 56 yards, TOP 3:53 Big play of 25
– Apparently Indiana Coach Gerry DiNardo didn't appreciate the friendly referees. "My first problem was that the official came in and kept talking about my opponent as ‘The Huskies' – ‘The Huskies this, the Huskies that.' How we came here with Pac-10 officials, I have no idea. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find this situation anywhere else in major college football."
Well, Coach, the good news is you can now go home.
– Jimmy Newell was the game-day captain … the Navy fly-over after the national anthem featured two pilots that are UW alumni , Ken Rogers and Bill Dorris … Ron Holmes was the Husky Legend that was honored after the third quarter. Man, what an Orange Bowl he had, leading that "Purple Reign" defense in 1984.
On the sidelines were former Huskies Elliot Silvers, Wes Call, Elliott Zajac, Rock Nelson, and Kyle Benn. Also taking in the victory were recruits Trenton Tuiasosopo, Matt Eichelberger, Aaron Klovas, Mitch Reffett, Cale Russell, John Coombs, new UW commit Jordan White Frisbee, Dan Carter, and basketball recruits John and Adam Brockman.