Washington: Purple Reign, Defending Pac-10 Champs

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    Washington: Purple Reign, Defending Pac-10 Champs

    The defending Pac-10 and Rose Bowl Champion University of Washington Huskies kicked off their 2011 season with a 38-14 victory over BYU. After a scoreless first quarter, Washington exploded for 21 points just before the half. Chris Izbicki scored the first touchdown of the season on a play-action pass from the 2-yardline less than a minute into the 2nd quarter. 3 minutes later, Robbie Fouch, who has Jake Locker's big shoes to fill, threw his 2nd touchdown pass of the season, throwing a beautiful pass hitting V Taylor in stride in the endzone on a corner route from the 26-yardline. Finally, 36 seconds before the half, Preseason All-American running back Chris Polk ran off-tackle from 10 yards out to put the Huskies up 21-0 going into the half.

    The Huskies appeared to be in control, but the Cougars made some good halftime adjustments and their offense came out on a mission needing only 1:15 to go 80 yards and score on a 7-yard strike from Jason Munns to Brett Thompson. The Huskies responded 2 minutes later with Fouch throwing his third touchdown of the day hitting Devin Aguilar on a 17-yard post to get the lead back to 21, making the score 28-7. The Cougars weren't done yet though, just 30 seconds later Jake Murphy caught a 62-yard bomb from Munns. Munns would earned Player of the game honors for BYU completing 9 of his 24 passes for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. Unfortunately for BYU, it wouldn't be enough and they were done scoring for the day. The Huskies would add a 24-yard field goal and Polk would score his 2nd rushing touchdown on the day from 8 yards out to win by 24. Fouch earned player of the game honors completing 21 passes to 8 different receivers for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns.

    Other key performers for Washington

    Chris Polk 27 carries for 142 yards 2 touchdowns
    Anthony Boyles 4 catches 72 yards
    Kavarrio Middleton 5 catches 55 yards
    K Mangum 7 tackles
    K Campbell 3 tackles 2 for loss 1 sack


    Up next for Washington, the Akron Zips come to town.
     
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    Fouch and Polk Lead Huskies Past Zips

    Player of the Game Robbie Fouch completed 16 of 23 passes for 213 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Huskies beat the visiting Zips 34-14. Chris Polk added 264 yards of total offense, including 198 yards on 19 carries. Somehow, with all that yardage, Polk failed to reach the endzone, which may affect his Heisman Trophy candidacy.

    The Huskies got off to a slow start trailing 7-3 after the 1st quarter before taking charge of the game in the 2nd quarter. The Zips received the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in a little over 2 minutes for the first score of the game on a 19-yard touchdown reception by Curtis Brown from Joe Bauserman. Washington then drove down deep into Akron territory only to see their drive stall on the Zips 7-yardline and had to settle for a 24-yard David Green field goal. After forcing a 3 and out, Washington was finally able to get into the endzone early in the 2nd quarter on a 16-yard pass from Fouch to tight end Kavarrio Middleton. Akron responded 1 minute and a half later on a 2-yard by Devoe Torrence putting the Zips up for the final time on the day, 14-10. Washington would then score 24 unanswered points. 2nd string tight end would score on a 23-yard touchdown reception with 1:24 left in the half and with :01 left in the half, Green would connect for the 2nd time on the day from 46 yards out, giving the Huskies a 20-10 halftime lead.

    Again, the Huskies would start slow in the 3rd quarter, finally scoring on a 23-yard touchdown reception by Anthony Boyles. Curtis Shaw would round out the scoring with 2:55 left in the game on a 1-yard dive to make the final score 34-14.

    The Huskies dominated the Zips outgaining them 472-264. The Washington defense forced 3 fumbles while only losing one of their own on the day. Shaw and Polk combined to rush for 245 yards for the game.

    Other Key Performers

    Curtis Shaw 7 carries 47 yards 1 TD
    Anthony Boyles 4 catches 39 yards 1 TD
    Kavarrio Middleton 2 catches 25 yards 1 TD
    Marlion Barnett 1 catch 23 yards 1 TD
    Johri Fogerson 8 tackles 1 fumble recovered
    Kalani Aldrich 8 tackles 2 for loss 1 sack
    Vonzell McDowell 4 tackles 1 fumble recovered
    Alvin Logan 4 tackles 3 for loss 3 sacks 1 fumble recovered


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    Washington 24-17 Arizona State

    In their first test of the season, the Huskies squeak by the Sun Devils by 7 in their Pac-10 opener. Washington opened the scoring in the 2nd quarter on a Chris Polk 2-yard touchdown run, then a minute and a half later, Kerry Dixon put Arizona State on the board with a 29-yard field goal. With a little over a minute left in the half, Robbie Fouch hooked up with Kavarrio Middleton for a 3-yard touchdown pass to give the Huskies a 14-3 lead they were hoping to take into the half, but with :20 left, Joe Parks caught a 15-yard touchdown from Samson Szakacsy to make the halftime score 14-10.

    After a scorless 3rd quarter, the Sun Devils took their first lead of the game at 17-14 on a 2-yard pass from Szakacsy to Derek Peterson. The lead was short-lived, however, lasting only :51 until Fouch found Jermaine Kearse on a 28-yard scoring strike putting the Huskies up for good at 21-17. Three and a half minutes later, David Green closed out the scoring adding a 34-yard field goal to push the Huskies to their winning margin of 7 at 24-17.

    Next week, the Huskies will search for answers in practice as they are off for the week.

    Other Key Performers

    Robbie Fouch 18-27 232 yards 2 TDs
    Chris Polk 23 carries 51 yards 1 TD, 5 catches 66 yards
    Jermaine Kearse 4 catches 59 yards 1 TD
    Kurt Mangum 10 tackles, 2 for loss
    Andru Pulu 6 tackles, 3 for loss, 3 sacks
     
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    Washington Barely Survives a Visit from Stanford

    In a game where Stanford won most of the statistical categories, Washington escapes with a 17-9 victory. The only two categories Washington won were turnovers and score. Fortunately, score is the only one that matters, but their is a beast coming out of hibernation in Palo Alto. When there is some more talent there, the Cardinal will be a force in the Pac-10.

    Stanford came out and played ball control football and used up most of the 1st quarter with 2 possessions. Washington didn't get their offense on the field for its 2nd series until the 2nd quarter. The Cardinal did a good job of keeping the Husky offense contained and didn't give up the first score of the game until there were only :10 left in the half after Robbie Fouch hit Anthony Boyles on a slant to take advantage of a Stanford interception in the last 2 minutes of the half.

    Washington got the ball to start the 2nd half, but once again, the offense was thwarted and they had to punt. Stanford put together a nice drive, but had to settle for a 26-yard field goal by B Roberts, cutting the Washington lead to 4 at 7-3. Washington responded with a touchdown on a 3-yard run by Chris Polk to go up 14-3.

    The 4th quarter saw Stanford cut the lead to 5 when S Taylor went off right tackle for 35 yards and a touchdown, but the 2-point attempt was intercepted in the endzone. Washington was then able to move the ball down to the Cardinal 16-yardline and David Green was able to tack on a field goal to push the lead to 8 at 17-9.

    Key Performers

    Robbie Fouch 11-16 199 yards 1 TDs 2 INTs
    Chris Polk 23 carries 90 yards 1 TD 1 catch 8 yards
    Kavarrio Middleton 4 catches 85 yards
    Anthony Boyles 3 catches 35 yards 1 TD
    Johri Fogerson 9 tackles
    Kurt Mangum 7 tackles 1 sack
    Trevor Jones 6 tackles 2 INTs
    Quintin Richardson 5 tackles 1 INT
    Kalani Aldrich 3 tackles 1 sack
    Kyle Campbell 3 tackles 1 INT


    Up next another off wekk followed by a trip to Tucson where the Huskies will attempt to improve to 3-0 in the Pac-10 and 5-0 overall.
     
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    Washington 34-17 Arizona

    Washington stays undefeated with a hard earned road victory in Tucson. In a game that was tied after the 1st quarter and at the half, Washington's defense pitched a shutout in the 2nd half and the offense scored 17 points to put the game away. Curtis Shaw came into the game in the 2nd quarter when star runningback Chris Polk went down for the game with a bruised shoulder and carried the ball 20 times for 89 tough yards. Shaw also caught a pass for 10 yards and was instrumental in the Husky victory. Player of the game Robbie Fouch went 22 for 29 for 348 yards and 3 touchdowns. Fouch's favorite target on the day was Jermaine Kearse, who caught 7 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown. Anthony Boyles caught 6 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown and tight end Marlion Barnett caught 3 balls for 77 yards. Kavarrio Middleton also caught a 9-yard touchdown.

    On defense, T Jones and Kurt Mangum each had 7 tackles to lead the Huskies. K Aldrich recorded a sack for a unit that turned in a solid overall performance and a great 2nd half holding the Wildcats to just 220 yards of total offense.

    Up next for the Huskies, a visit from Oregon State before their trip to Eugene to face rival and Pac-10 co-leader Oregon. Washington has improved to 5-0 (3-0).
     
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    Washington Dispatches Oregon State to Setup Showdown for Share of 1st with Ducks

    Washington score two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters to put the Beavers away. The Huskies racked up 619 yards for the game, including 464 through the air. Robbie Fouch was named Player of the Game going 21-24 for 428 yards and 5 touchdowns. Chris Polk carried the ball 27 times for 121 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. Polk also added 47 receiving yards on 3 catches. Jordan Polk caught 7 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. Jermaine Kearse converted 3 of his 5 receptions for touchdowns and racked up 139 yards.

    The defense gave up 405 yards of offense to Oregon State, but a lot of it was after the game had been decided. The Huskies forced 2 turnovers and gave up only 11 first downs. Washington will now play 2 games against the Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans for the driver's seat of the Pac-10 race.
     
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    Washington Dispatches Oregon State to Setup Showdown for Share of 1st with Ducks

    Washington score two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters to put the Beavers away. The Huskies racked up 619 yards for the game, including 464 through the air. Robbie Fouch was named Player of the Game going 21-24 for 428 yards and 5 touchdowns. Chris Polk carried the ball 27 times for 121 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. Polk also added 47 receiving yards on 3 catches. Jordan Polk caught 7 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. Jermaine Kearse converted 3 of his 5 receptions for touchdowns and racked up 139 yards.

    The defense gave up 405 yards of offense to Oregon State, but a lot of it was after the game had been decided. The Huskies forced 2 turnovers and gave up only 11 first downs. Washington will now play 2 games against the Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans for the driver's seat of the Pac-10 race.
     
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    Washington Silences Eugene, Sets Up Showdown

    Washington went into Eugene and scored 31 unanswered points to beat Oregon and setup a 1st place showdown with USC. Oregon opened the scoring with under a minute left in the 1st quarter on a 16-yard pass to D Jackson from D Thomas and that would be the Ducks 1st and last score of the game. From then on, Thomas would throw 3 interceptions and miss receivers on critical 3rd downs. Washington only turned the ball over once and took advantage of short fields all game long.

    Quarterback Robbie Fouch went 14 for 19 for 196 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a pick. Workhorse runningback Chris Polk carried the ball 26 times for 83 yards and a touchdown. Anthony Boyles and Kavarrio Middleton caught a touchdown pass each.

    The Defense had a solid game and were led by Player of the Game T Jones who had 5 tackles, 2 interceptions, and a forced fumble. Kurt Mangum also had an interception and 4 tackles on the day.

    Washington improved to 7-0 (5-0) and will travel to Los Angeles to take on the #3 USC Trojans next week.
     
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    BCS Dreams Die in the Coliseum

    Washington's dream of an undefeated season died in the LA Coliseum when the Huskies lost to the USC Trojans 42-21. Chris Polk was lost for half the game on the first drive and his replacement fumbled on 3rd down at the goaline of the 1st drive. USC then drove the length of the field, scored a touchdown and would never trail. Washington would tie the game at 14 with under 2 minutes left in the half, but USC would answer a minute later and the Husky defense never could stop the Trojans and couldn't overcome their offense's 3 turnovers.

    Despite his fumble on the 1st drive, Curtis Shaw was named Player of the Game carrying the ball 11 times for 27 yards, but scored 3 touchdowns. Shaw also caught a pass for 24 yards. Robbie Fouch completed 21 of his 32 passes for 270 yards. Jermaine Kearse caught 5 passes for 93 yards to lead all receivers in the game.

    John Fogerson led the defense with 11 tackles, including 1 for a loss. Not much went right on defense for Washington. USC gained 382 yards, converted 5 of 6 3rd downs, and scored touchdowns on all 5 of their trips to the red zone. USC now looks likely to win the Pac-10 and has a shot at the BCS Title game. Washington will now travel to Cal to face a 3-5 team and hope to start a new win streak.
     

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