I'm the last guy out of the press box, so I'm getting out of here. ... However, I wanted to share these notes, which will appear in out Sunday paper.
Star of the game: Oklahoma tailback Adrian Peterson didn't break any highlight-reel runs longer than 29 yards. However, he kept churning away and ended with a game-high 165 yards and two touchdowns.
Husky of the game
Washington's leading tackler was senior linebacker Scott White, who was in on 12 stops, including one for a 3-yard loss.
White also had the Huskies' lone interception.
Turning point: Midway through the third quarter, Washington had a first down just 4 yards from a score that would have pulled them to within three points. However, quarterback Isaiah Stanback fumbled; and six plays later, Oklahoma was up, 30-13.
On Washington's first offensive play, tailback Kenny James broke through the heart of the OU defense, made a spin move out of the arms of defensive back Keenan Clayton and sprinted 54-yards to give UW an early 7-0 lead.
"It was just a simple play, something we've been working on since the beginning of camp," he said. "… Downhill smash-mouth football, that's all it was. That was one of our main focuses starting last week in practice."
Sean Douglas booted the two longest punts in Washington history: an 82-yarder in the first half and an 81-yarder in the second. However, the first was a line drive and came back nearly as fast, as Reggie Smith returned it 68 yards.
"When I hit it, I looked up and I saw the ball was low and I saw him a little bit backpedaling–not turning and running – and I was like, 'Oh man, please go over his head, please go over his head," Douglas said. "Once I saw him turn and run, I thought, 'We're going to down the ball, he's not going to pick it up and run.' And it looked like the didn't want to pick it up, but he did, and he got a really big return."
The second was much higher and rolled into the end zone.
"It felt good," Douglas said. "A lot higher, obviously. I saw him turn and run right away, so that's good. … I was hoping it would stop on the 1 or something like that."
The Huskies reported no significant new injuries.
Safety Jason Wells and defensive end Greyson Gunheim both left the field briefly, but both returned. Cornerback Dashon Goldson said he aggravated a pre-existing high-ankle sprain.
"Our egos are battered a little bit," coach Tyrone Willingham said. "Body-wise we should be OK."
Fans booed UW linebacker Tahj Bomar every time his name was announced – apparently because he shares the last name of former OU quarterback Rhett Bomar who was dismissed from the team after an investigation revealed he received payment in excess of time worked at a car dealership.
"The first couple of times I didn't pay attention to it," Tahj Bomar said. "Then I heard it after about four tackles and stuff and I remembered they had the quarterback here that got kicked out, and I said, 'That's the reason.'"
"We know we can play better. It's frustrating. We know we're close, but there is so much more potential on this team and ability to play better, so it's frustrating when you don't." – Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.
Extra points: The Huskies wore purple pants for the first time in the Willingham era. The Huskies had worn purple pants on the road for more than a decade before Willingham switched to gold pants last season. … The team's evened their all-time series, 1-1. … UW captains were unchanged from the previous week: Isaiah Stanback, Stanley Daniels, C.J. Wallace and Kenny James.
Next: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Fresno State, Husky Stadium.