Dawgs Luck Out Against Beavers
Man, what an impressive win by the Huskies last night! They beat the seventh-ranked Beavers 20-17 at Century Link Field!
First of all, talk about an overrated Beaver team. Seventh in the country? Come on. But I don’t want to trash the Beavs; I like the Beavs, always have, just wish they had played better last night.
What stood out the most about the Dawgs’ win:
- How they were motivated by comments from Oregonian columnist John Canzano, who called them soft. This is what it took for them to show up? Critical comments from a newspaper columnist? Wow, that’s going to the bottom of the barrel for motivation.
- And did you really storm the field after beating Oregon State? That didn’t happen, did it? I thought I was seeing things or maybe had too much Jack Daniels last night, but no, I still swear I saw a bunch of Husky fans rushing the field after the game. When you’re doing that kind of thing to celebrate a win over the Beavers, it pretty much tells you how far your program has fallen.
- If Sean Mannion hadn’t been rusty from his layoff and thrown four interceptions, none of this Husky resurgence talk would be happening right now. If Cody Vaz had started, we’d be talking about the brilliant Beavers and the disappointing Dawgs this morning. It’s not as if Keith Price was suddenly magical last night.
But listen, I’ll tip my crimson-and-gray cap to you anyway, knowing that next week the Dawgs will get it handed to them at Cal. The Golden Bears will be primed for revenge after Coach Sark took two of their assistant coaches away from Berkeley in the offseason, most notably Tosh Lupoi, who brought Shaq Thompson to Seattle with him.
When you say hanky, I say panky – that always seems to be the case at Probation Nation.
COUGS GIVE IT HELL: Damn, we almost pulled that one out in Palo Alto, losing to Stanford 24-17. Jeff Tuel, as you know, was called for intentional grounding after we converted a 4th and 21 to get to the Stanford 9-yard line with a chance to tie and send the game to OT.
Then Tuel was sacked, and the Cougs didn’t have any timeouts left, so the clock ran out. That was tough to take, but it was still encouraging to see the Cougs fight to the end, just like one of the lyrics in their fight song says they will.
Did anyone ask Mike Leach if he would’ve gone for two if the Cougs had scored? Or would he have kicked the extra point and taken his chances in OT? Just wondering.
Loved what I saw from Tuel, and I’ll give him a pass for what happened in the final seconds. The guy was under siege all day long, sacked 10 times. Yet he still put the Cougs, as 24-point underdogs, in position to win.
Now we’re 2-6 and heading to Salt Lake City to face Utah on Saturday with a noon kickoff on the Pac-12 Network.
I think we can beat the Utes, who are coming off a 49-27 win over Cal. I also think we can lose to the Utes because, let’s face it, we’re the Cougs and we’re still not a very good team, and we’ll be on the road again.