Remembering Stanford’s colossal upset of USC in 2007

This time nobody is saying that a Stanford victory at USC is impossible. Coach Jim Harbaugh hasn’t remarked that some people think his team could lose 1,000 to zero. The Las Vegas oddsmakers haven’t ridiculed the matchup by making USC a 40-point favorite.

Nobody is laughing at Stanford anymore.

But that was the mood two years ago, on Oct. 6, 2007, when the Cardinal last ventured to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

USC had won 35 consecutive home games. Stanford, 1-11 the year before, was coming off a 38-point loss and starting a quarterback who had thrown three passes in his college career.

“They absolutely seemed to have no chance,” said Tony Sinisi, odds director for the Las Vegas Sports Consultants. “Stanford looked like a zero shot to win.”

But the “zero shot” won, shocking USC and 85,125 spectators on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tavita Pritchard to Mark Bradford with 49 seconds to play. The final score was 24-23.

Read more:  http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_13768108?nclick_check=1

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The last time Iowa went to the Rose Bowl….

Washington vs. Iowa

 

January 1, 1991…..   The Washington Huskies of Don James (9-2) defeat Hayden Fry’s Iowa Hawkeyes (8-3) in the Rose Bowl’s highest scoring Rose Bowl ever 46-34.  UW Quarterback Mark Brunell passes for two touchdowns and runs for two more. Iowa never quits after trailing 33-7 at halftime. Greg Lewis rushes 128 yards in 19 carries for the Huskies. In the 20-point fourth quarter “never say die” Iowa resurgence, quarterback Matt Rodgers runs for two scores and passes for one.

WASHINGTON 46, IOWA 34

Read about other Rose Bowls:    http://www.tournamentofroses.com/photogallery/RBGtimeline/1990s.htm

Derek Johnson’s new book:  The Dawgs of War, Afterword by Rick Neuheisel

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For the Trojans, the ASU game was “Like the Washington Game”

How bad was USC on third downs at Arizona State?

Try Washington-bad, says Freedomblogging.com.  

So said Trojans coach Pete Carroll, who compared his team’s 2-of-13 effort vs. the Sun Devils to its infamous 0-of-10 vs. the Huskies on Sept. 19.

“It was like the Washington game in a sense,” Carroll said. “You don’t convert on third down, you don’t get your chances. It became a very conservative game for us. We just played off the defense.”

USC seemed to be getting better on third downs. But in the past two weeks, the Trojans are 6 of 27. They rank 106th in the nation at 32.41 percent, one spot behind … gulp … UCLA.

“We had 3-4 weeks where we improved,” Carroll said. “We have not been consistent at all.

“Third downs and the red zone are always the hardest for new quarterbacks. It’s been that way for years.”

So wait, this is a Matt Barkley thing?

Read more:  http://usc.freedomblogging.com/

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Did Neanderthals Have Sex with Modern Humans?

We are currently the only human species alive, but as recently as 24,000 years ago another one walked the earth — the Neanderthals.

These extinct humans were the closest relatives we had, and tantalizing new hints from researchers suggest that we might have been intimately close indeed. The mystery of whether Neanderthals and us had sex might be solved if the entire Neanderthal genome is reported soon as expected. The matter of why they died and we succeeded, however, remains an open question.

Maybe not nasty and brutish, but still short

First recognized in the Neander Valley in Germany in 1856, Neanderthals revealed that modern humans possess a rich and complex family tree that includes now-extinct relatives.

Read more:  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,572575,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a16:g4:r4:c0.000000:b28773781:z10

 

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It’s Time for Sarkisian to Unleash Locker

When Washington quarterback Jake Locker was a freshman in 2007, he rushed for 986 yards and 14 touchdowns.  He was playing for former coach Tyrone Willingham and offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, who basically threw Locker out there to run a version of street ball.

Now that Steve Sarkisian is Washington’s head coach, he’s placed great emphasis on keeping Locker in the pocket and minimizing the number of hits his quarterback absorbs from defenders.

The desire to keep Locker healthy is understandable.  But as the 2009 season has moved into November, the Washington offense is digressing.  The team is now 3-6 and the odds for a bowl game are fading for a 7th consecutive season.

It’s time for Sarkisian to call an additonal 10 runs for Locker per game, and use Locker’s greatest strength (his mobility) as an asset for an offense that desperately needs more productivity while keeping the other team’s offense off the field.

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Neuheisel hoping for Fresh Start for his UCLA Bruins

Although it’s tough to imagine John Wooden’s UCLA basketball teams ever struggling through a five-game losing streak, the Bruins’ current football coach realizes the Wizard of Westwood has plenty to teach him about the Bruins’ plight.
Rick Neuheisel has turned to Wooden’s writings for instruction and solace during UCLA’s skid, which didn’t quite end in last weekend’s 26-19 loss at Oregon State.

“While winning is important, it’s not the way you judge yourself,” Neuheisel said Monday, paraphrasing Wooden’s words. “You keep judging yourself by how you’re learning and how you’re trying, and if you continue to work hard, those wins will come.”

The Bruins’ history lesson for the week doesn’t end with Wooden. UCLA (3-5, 0-5 Pac-10) will don powder-blue throwback jerseys for Saturday’s visit from Washington (3-5, 2-3) in hopes of recapturing the spirit of the 1967 team led by quarterback Gary Beban, the only Bruins player to win the Heisman Trophy.

For 15 surprising minutes against the Beavers, the UCLA offense finally looked as sharp as Neuheisel expected it would be all season long. Quarterback Kevin Prince led two touchdown drives capped by two-point conversions in the fourth quarter, tying Oregon State at 19 with 2:06 left.

 Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_13697193

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UW Donor buys Dawgs of War for Skyline, Roosevelt players

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A UW donor who wishes to remain anonymous has purchased copies of The Dawgs of War: a Remembrance for the players on the Skyline and Roosevelt football teams.

This donor has been a supporter of my writing for several years and I appreciate the gesture very much.  It’s good to know the book will reach the hands of so many young football players in the Seattle area.

We live in a Brave New World where Oregon is atop the conference standings and Washington has been the west coast’s laughingstock for several years now.  Teenagers of today don’t fully understand Washington’s glorious football past.  The Dawgs of War, which details quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo’s 2000 UW Huskies Rose Bowl team, is a vivid reminder of that history.

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