*Holy hell. Louis Rankin busts a big one on our D in the very first drive. Our run D doesn’t look so hot.
*Longshore was shown to have red stuff on his hands during the pre-game videos. That is not some sort of sticky tack or anything for the slick balls. It’s the leather balls bleeding their color onto his hands.
*After Washington’s two long scoring drives in the 1st Quarter, I was hoping our offense would take their time to score to rest the defense. I think our scoring drives were like under 5 minutes. I’m glad we scored, but I was getting worried our D would get tired from being out on the field so much.
*On a Hawkins end-around or reverse (I can’t remember) he was horse-collared tackled. The NCAA really really really has to follow the NFL on this one and make those illegal. Those have become sooo common nowadays and are very dangerous to the ball carrier. Even when I see a player on TV for some other team get horse-collared tackled I cringe. Please make those illegal. Besides being more safe for the ball carriers, it’ll make for more offense since the D is forced to make clean tackles which are much harder to do.
*Brandon Hampton’s "bobbled" punt fair catch. My god. I’ve never heard so many stupid replay comments in 2 minutes. "You can tell the rotation of the ball changed!" REALLY? Ya know, cuz even on the replay the ball was nothing but a blur that moved halfway down the screen with every frame. You could barely see the white stripes on the ball than the rotation of the ball. "It touched his thumb!" REALLY? Cuz, it didn’t look conclusive to me. It looked like it just went between his hands. There was nothing to suggest it touched ANY part of Hampton. "You can tell it touched Hampton because he was so eager to recover the ball!" REALLY? A player’s reaction is not the conclusive evidence you look for in a replay to confirm/overturn the call on the field. Just because a player acts like he’s guilty doesn’t mean he’s guilty. Of course Hampton is going to try and recover the ball because he knows that if the refs botch the call whoever recovers the ball will have possession. Holy hell. That call really upset me. It was NOT conclusive enough to overturn the intial call and the comments by the commentators were some of the dummmmm-est comments I’ve heard in my life. (Yea, I know I didn’t but a B in dumb. I’m not dumb. I was spelling the word out phonetically)
*How about Cal’s first two TDs going to the TEs? I like that. I think the Cameron Morrah TD reception is a little glimpse into the future. He has such great height, athleticism, and speed. Once Craig Stevens is gone next year, I think we’ll really see a return of Tedford’s big time TE receiving threat (remember Garrett Cross?).
*On the TD pass play to Stevens there was a nice "tell" on the play. Also, there was another play out of shotgun which used a new formation that I’ve never seen Tedford use before. Again, Tedford never ceases to amaze me how he still is mixing in new things throughout the season.
*Alright, and Desean Jackson getting injured. Well that sucks. I have complete faith in RJ and Hawk but it always is nice to have THA1 out there. Good thing we have a BYE week next week so he can get ready for Big Game.
2ND HALF THOUGHTS
*UW gets the ball at the start of both halfs. I was microwaving some food at the start of the game and didn’t catch who won the toss and what the winners chose to do, but what a brain fart. Giving UW the ball at the start of both halfs is basically a turnover. More brain farts. More shooting oursleves in the foot. Gotta stop.
*(Sigh) Underthrown Longshore pass that shoulda been a touchdown (although a great catch by RJ) … poor goalline run blocking results in a 5 yard loss… which results in a field goal. Well, I think this is just a combination of Cal mistakes. I don’t know if there is anyone to specifically blame since so many mistakes happened. There was an "okay" pass that shoulda been a touchdown and a wiffed block on the right side of the line to cause Forsett to lose yardage.
*Bonnell’s "intentional grounding" that should have been a fumble. Good gob. As you can tell, I can’t type because I’m so frustrated. Talk about a HORRIBLE call. That is at the very least, a possession taken away from Cal and possibly 7 points if we had "scooped and scored." Then UW gets a FG. The game is 34-23 when it should be 31-30. Ya know, I’m not one to usually complain about how the game is being called but these Pac-10 refs this year have been doing a quality job at screwing up lots of games this year.
*Penalties. Yay penalties. I love em. Let’s get more of ‘em. Can we please stop putting ourselves in 2nd and mile and 3rd and a mile?
*That second delay of game on Longshore in the 4th Qtr was actually on Tedford. Tedford didn’t send the play in until the 12 second mark. Longshore didn’t get guys out of the huddle until 6 seconds left or so. That’s on Tedford.
*Hawkins. A crucial drop on the 3rd and a mile. Longshore put the ball on the money and it was dropped. That might have been a first down or at least a 4th and 1-2. Hawk can be so streaky. Sometimes he’s on fire, sometimes he just drops easy ones. Frustrating.
*Run defense. What needs to be said? It’s horrible. Rankin and the other dude had huge holes to run through. You could drive a Mack truck through those holes. TwistNHook could have waddled through there. They busted us up for 350 yards rushing practically.
*I find this game very frustrating. Why? Because as bad as we’ve been playing lately, Washington had no business winning this game. Could we have shot ourselves in the foot any more than we did? I mean, our foot is already bloody and unrecognizable as it is. We shot off both feet. Then started moving up to the shins and knees. We didn’t stop there. We started machine-gunning our thighs. Our penalties were all offensive penalties, weren’t they? And they put us into 2nd and 3rd and miles. Those penalties absolutely killed our drives. I think there were at least two offensive drives that were pretty much killed by penalties. Dizzam.
*And turnovers! We "officially" had 3, but you gotta throw in the brain fart to let UW get the ball at the beginning of both halves. We had 4 turnovers. 2 of them in our own territory. Let’s just hand the game on a silver platter to the Huskies.
*Longshore. Well, aside from that INT, he played very well. He was 20/28 for 236 and 3 TDs. If you want to throw in 1-2 more completions for drops (1 for Hawk and another for … was there another?), then he completed 75% of his passes which is EXCELLENT. Like Tom Brady kind of ridiculous.
*Alright. I really do think this game turned on that 2 crappy ref calls. The Brandon Hampton punt bobble, and the Bonnell intentional grounding play. The BHamp call was horrible. It was NOT conclusive enough to overturn. And I say that seriously in a non-biased voice. And the Bonnell intentional grounding play should have been a fumble (because regardless that he threw the ball, he threw the ball backwards). That screwed us out of points and changed the game. The game would have been 31-30 UW had we scooped and scored. Anyways. I’m pissed - if you can’t tell. I’m more mad at the refs than at the fact that our run defense got gashed for a bagillion yards.
*Anyways. What did we learn from this game that we didn’t already know? Nothing. Our run D is not good, and Pac-10 refs suck big time.