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Portland St. Vikings vs. UW Huskies: NCAA love ‘em & hate ‘em Week 3

UW routs PSU, 52-13.

This game was a lot easier to write about then last week’s, that’s for sure.

Love ‘Em

Having a Balanced Offense

First things first: the Huskies demolished Portland State, a middling FCS team.

That said, it was soothing after last week to see the Husky offense firing on all cylinders.

The Huskies moved the ball up field at will. Bishop Sankey finally came through with a 103-yard two TD performance on 14 carries to give Keith Price and the passing game some much-needed relief.

Not that Price needed it, throwing for 181 yards and three TDs, on a remarkable 14 for 19 passes.

Pac-12 defenses will present a stiffer challenge, but it was nice to see UW dominating offensively.

Special Teams

Not something I would’ve expected to be a factor, but UW’s special teams played phenomenally yesterday.

The fake punt and blocked field goal for a touchdown highlighted the day.

An onside kick return and good blocking on several other returns rounded out a truly game-changing performance from special teams.

Every unit was producing highlights yesterday, and special teams was not to be left out.

Keith Price and the Huskies looked unstoppable on Saturday againt Portland St. (photo thenewstribune.com)

The Game Being Nationally Televised on FX

As a DC resident, I don’t get the Dawgs on TV much, so it was a pleasant surprise to see FX airing the game all the way over here.

I was probably the only person in the city watching it, but whatever.

BONUS Love ‘Em: Travell Dixon

For those who haven’t heard, highly-rated JUCO cornerback Travell Dixon is transferring to University of Washington.

He will sit out this year and suit up in 2013.

If you go back a couple years Dixon was a highly ranked corner, but left Alabama for personal reasons.

Here’s some old highlights.

Hate ‘em

Injuries

Less of an issue this game, but still a concern.

Danny Shelton left the game with a foot injury, but has been said to be ok.

Talia Crichton and Erik Kohler are still out among others, and now Colin Tanigawa has been said to be nursing an undetermined injury as well.

As Madden-esque and obvious as it may sound, staying healthy is the key to a successful football season.

Penalties

Nine penalties for 80 yards, with six in the first half alone, had Sark chewing out the team live on TV before the end of the first half.

Stupid penalties hurt us against LSU too.

The Huskies also delivered a few late hits, taunts, and other unsportsmanlike moves in the first half. Sark put a quick stop to that, but let’s not see it again. We’re not that kind of team. Play smart and play clean.

That’s really about it.

A 52-13 win that was even less close than the score indicated doesn’t leave too much to complain about.

The real season starts in two weeks, as a Stanford team riding high off upsetting USC comes up to CenturyLink. WOOF WOOF.

That is a Thursday night game, and will be aired nationally on ESPN.

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