Monthly Archives: September 2009
In the hour that followed the University of Washington’s first football victory since 2007, new head coach Steve Sarkisian was too busy basking in the excitement to talk about his next opponent.
There will be plenty of storylines when Sarkisian faces his former program, USC, next Saturday.
“I’m really not worried about it,” Sarkisian said Saturday. “I’m going to enjoy this win. I’m not going to be in a rush to go and get to the next one.”
Apparently, not everyone in the program has that same mentality.
LSU’s season-opening victory over Washington last week wasn’t assured until quarterback Jordan Jefferson hit a wide-open Brandon LaFell in the end zone with 1:54 remaining.
On Saturday night in Baton Rouge, the No. 11 Tigers (2-0, 1-0) separated themselves from Vanderbilt (1-1, 0-1) with a 14-yard run by Keiland Williams with 6:01 to turn a seven-point game into a 23-9 victory.
Last week, LSU gave up 478 yards of offense. This week, 210.
The Huskies converted 11 of 20 third-down attempts and held onto the ball for nearly 37 minutes. The Commodores were 4-of-15, and the Tigers’ controlled the clock for 36:23.
Improvements were made, but not enough to satisy Coach Les Miles.
“I certainly enjoyed the victory,” he said. “That being said, I think we need to play better.”
It might not be remembered as a particularly important play and it certainly wasn’t noteworthy for it’s outcome, but when the Steve Sarkisian era at the University of Washington began on Saturday, Sept. 5, against Louisiana State it did so with Jake Locker dropping back to pass.
The message was loud and clear: Locker’s evolution from elite athlete to elite quarterback starts now.