Naturally, the game will be remembered for the celebration call on Jake Locker at the end. (Here's my game story from the Sunday paper.
And it seems to me that Tyrone Willingham is right when he says the official was simply enforcing the rule as written. (See post below.)
The problem wasn't a blown call. The problem is an absurdly written rule. (However, TNT columnist John McGrath disagrees with that somewhat in his Sunday column.)
It strikes me that the NCAA has two legitimate interests when it comes to celebrations. One, when they delay the game. And two, when they taunt or belittle the other team.
Jake Locker did neither of those things.
Had Jake thrown the ball into the stands or punted the ball to midfield, that would have delayed the game and a 5-yard penalty would make sense.
Had Jake spiked the ball at the feet of an opponent, that actually would have been unsportsmanlike conduct and a 15-yard penalty would have been appropriate.
What Jake did was happily heave the ball over his head and celebrate with his teammates. There was nothing wrong with it. To the contrary, it was joyous. It could have been preserved in a Norman Rockwell painting. It was natural. It was human.
There was nothing there to legislate against, and somehow the NCAA had legislated against it.
The rule, as written, is absurd.
I don't blame the guy who made the call. I don't blame Jake. I blame those who wrote the rule.
And the affect is wiping away most of the joy -- even most of the memory -- of the first 59 minutes and 58 seconds of the game, which were pretty interesting in their own right.
A review of some of those highlights.
Player of the game
BYU quarterback Max Hall completed 30 of 41 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw one interception.
"We knew we could move the ball on them," he said. "I think we figured out things in the second half that were working for us and we focused on that."
Husky of the game
Sophomore safety Nate Williams had a game-high 13 tackles. He also put the hit on BYU tailback Harvey Unga that forced a touchdown-saving fumble that UW's Tripper Johnson recovered in the end zone.
New defense, more struggles
Through two games, the Huskies have given up 72 points, 48 first downs and 971 total yards.
New defensive coordinator Ed Donatell used more of a 3-4 defense against BYU after concentrating on 4-3 and 3-3-5 alignments last weekend at Oregon.
"I didn't see what I wanted to from Week One to Week Two, but there's such diversity in attacks," Donatell said. "We played a really good team that hides the ball from you the first week and then we had one that kind of shows it to you and can drop back. … (We switch defenses to increase our players') success and get them on the field. That's our whole intent, and really to force teams to prepare for different packages."
True freshman starting tailback Chris Polk went out with a dislocated shoulder after carrying six times for 14 yards.
He was replaced by David Freeman, who made his college debut with six carries for 30 yards, and redshirt freshman Willie Griffin, who carried twice for 14 yards.
Freeman became the ninth true freshman to play for the Huskies this season.
"I wouldn't say I was really nervous, but excited," Freeman said. "I knew I was going to play, but with Chris Polk going out, we never want a man to get hurt in any kind of way on our team or on the other team. So when he went out I was kind of disappointed, but I had to step up and play to the best of my abilities because the team needed me."
Two games into the season, QB Jake Locker has completed 29 of 60 passes (48.3 percent) for 307 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Locker is also the team's leading rusher with 119 yards. The top-rushing tailback is Chris Polk with 33 yards on 20 carries. D'Andre Goodwin is the leading receiver with 13 catches for 150 yards. Jerome Kearse has the only receiving touchdown, a 48-yarder on Saturday. Jordan Polk is averaging 17 yards on seven kickoff returns. Mason Foster is the leading tackler, with 19.
Chris Polk is considered doubtful for the next game against Oklahoma. So is safety Darin Harris, who suffered a concussion. True freshman TE Kavario Middleton of Lakes High went out briefly with a right knee injury, but returned.
Mason Foster's second-quarter interception was the first of his career. … Jared Ballman improved his punting average from 35.6 yards last week to 47.8 this week. … The Huskies were penalized four times for 25 yards. … A large purple "W" was painted on the roof of Husky Stadium's north deck, and "Go Huskies" on the south deck. …UW captains were Paul Homer, Juan Garcia, Trenton Tuiasosopo and Chris Stevens.
4:45 p.m. Saturday, Oklahoma, Husky Stadium.