Heading downstairs: I'm about to head down to the field, so there won't be any more entries for a while. I'll be back later tonight with notes and quotes ... I can hardly imagine what can be asked or answered that is new. In the meantime, your comments are always apprecaited.
Attendance: Announced at 70,437 ... under the official sellout figure of 72,500. And, of course, far fewer now.
12:33 of the fourth: Another methodical drive for a score, but the PAT missed.
Start of the fourth quarter: The Huskies have 51 yards of total offense.
In case you're wondering, UW hasn't been shutout since a 38-0 loss at USC in 2004... Keith Gilberson's final season. The Huskies haven't been shutout at home since a 7-0 loss to Cal in 1976.
4:30 of the 3rd: Notre Dame hit a 42-yard field goal on a drive that had been kept alive on a fake punt from their side of the field.
12:55 of the 3rd: It took Notre Dame less than two minutes to drive for a touchdown on their first possession of the second half
Start of third quarter: Looks like lots of fans have already decided to call it a night.
Halftime: The Huskies have been outgained, 238-38. Notre Dame has 13 first downs, UW 3. The Washington offense hasn't gotten across midfield. Notre Dame's first score -- a 51-yard touchdown -- covered more yards than UW had in the half. Etc.
11:10 of the 2nd: 28 yard field goal after yet another awful Jared Ballman punt plus penalty gave the Irish great field position.
End of first quarter: Total yards: Notre Dame 154, Washington 15.
7:48 in 1st: Recevier Golden Tate takes end-around 21 yards for TD. The drive had begun with a Nate Williams interception, but it was wiped out on a pass interference call.
12:35 of 1st: Huskies three and out. Notre Dame hits a quick out that is turned upfield for a 51-yard touchdown.
Kickoff: Notre Dame won the toss and deferred. Washington will receive to begin the game.
UW game captains are Paul Homer, Juan Garcia, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Chris Stevens.
Notre Dame took the field to more boos than we've heard previously this season. They're the NCAA's Dallas Cowboys, I guess: love 'em or hate 'em.
4:55: This isn't good either on face value or as an omen. UW starting defensive tackle Senio Kelemete has just been carted off the field after injuring his left knee during pregame warmups. We don't have details on the extent of the injury, but he is now listed as questionable to be able to play.
4:30: Both teams are on the field.
And the ND alumni band just marched by playing the victory march. It loses a lot in the translation from full band marching into the stadium in South Bend (one of the take-to-my-grave memories of my sportswriting life) to this dozen or so alums tooting away (something less than that).
Finally, either a lot of fans are taking advantage of this nice weather for tailgating or this is an uncommonly late-arriving crowd. Because this place is nearly empty now. But there are dots of fans in all reaches of the stadium, indicating that it will eventually grow to a sellout or something very close.
2:45: I'm at the stadium for what is probably the most beautiful day we've had for football so far. Nice fall nip in the air. Sunshine. Lake Washington a bright blue. And lots of fall colors on the upper campus.
We'll try the normal gameday game plan. I'll post with any pregame news. Then try to give at least quarterly updates. Then I'll turn the postgame over to you for comments before returning for one final post of notes and quotes.