Huskies Blow Out Syracuse

The Washington Huskies offense was fueled by freshman quarterback Jake Locker and senior tailback Louis Rankin, and the defense sacked Syracuse QB Andrew Robinson six times en route to a 42-12 Husky win this evening in Syracuse, NY.

Locker, in his first college football game, delivered on the all of the incredible hype that had come his way. Jake completed 14 of 19 throws for 143 yards, rushed for 83 yards and two scores and had no turnovers. Rankin had 147 yards and three touchdowns as the Husky offense could not be stopped. Anthony Russo had five grabs for 50 yards while Marcel Reece had four catches for 50 yards as well to lead the Huskies.

Syracuse got on the board first, setting up their initial drive of the game with a 48 yard kickoff return. Andrew Robinson hit his first three passes, all of them short throws, moving the Orange to the Husky 25 yard line. From there the drive stalled and Patrick Shadle hit a 42-yard field goal to open the scoring, and the Syracuse faithful felt good about what they were seeing.

That would turn around quickly.

The Husky offense then began to click. Early in the second quarter, Washington got on the board with a 13-yard touchdown run from Louis Rankin. The senior tailback cut up field off tackle and followed the block of senior Chad Macklin and broke a tackle at the two to bolt into the end zone. The drive covered 80 yards in 10 plays and featured three long Rankin runs as well as a 15-yard Locker keeper. Ryan Perkins added the extra point to give the Huskies a 7-3 lead.

On Washington's next drive, Locker led the Dawgs on another 80 yard score. He showed his speed on a keeper when he turned the corner and bolted up field for a 25-yard gain. Following that play he hit Marcel Reece for 10-yards to move the chains again. Rankin converted a big third and three and Locker followed that up with a 13-yard keeper. Locker called his own number, converting a third and three by bulling through the Syracuse defensive line for five yards down to the one. From there, Locker took it in on second and goal to push the Dawgs up to a 14-3 lead. He had 56 yards rushing on the drive.

To that point, Washington had out-gained the Orange on the ground 130 yards to -8 yards. It was a foreshadowing of what was to come, as the Husky offensive and defensive lines dominated all evening.

Syracuse was able to cut into the Husky lead with a Patrick Shadle field goal to make it 14-6 at the half. It could've been much worse but true freshman safety Nate Williams was able to break up a sure touchdown by ripping the ball away from a Syracuse receiver in the back of the end zone.

The third quarter opened with a bang as Louis Rankin broke a run around the left side and took it 47 yards untouched for a touchdown, which put the Huskies on top 21-6. Marcel Reece had the big block to seal the corner for the speedy tailback. That was the drive that pretty much put away the Orange.

The Huskies followed that up with another touchdown drive, going 70 yards in just 5 plays. Locker capped the drive with an 8-yard touchdown, but the big play on the drive was a double reverse 31 yard gain by D'andre Goodwin, the fastest man on the Huskies team. The Locker touchdown made it 28-6 and the route was on.

Louis Rankin finished the next Husky drive by going 19 yards for a score behind some stellar blocking by the Husky offensive line. The key play on that drive was a 30 yard reception by Anthony Russo to convert on 3rd and 23. Locker threw a dart into traffic and Russo went into a crowd and came down with the ball. The Rankin romp made it 35-6 and the Orange clad fans began to head to the exits.

Locker also left the game at that point, having gone 14 of 19 for 143 yards and had 9 rushes for 83 yards and two scores in his first college game.

Syracuse finally scored a touchdown with 6:59 left in the game when Andrew Robinson hit Mike Williams for a 10 yard touchdown score, but the extra point was wide right, leaving the score 35-12.

The Huskies would add one more score in garbage time, a 1 yard run by true freshman tailback Brandon Johnson to finish the scoring.

Washington (1-0) will next face Boise State back home in Seattle in Husky Stadium next Saturday. Top Stories