I don't have to tell you that there has been a lot of frustration at UW over the past few years, but this might have been as frustrating as they come.
Jake Locker rolled into the end zone for what seemed to be the tying TD with eight second left. The Huskies celebrated -- no taunting, but celebrating -- and were flagged for 15 yards. Faced with a 35-yard PAT to get that needed final point, the Huskies kick was blocked.
As always, I hope you'll hope in with your analysis. I'll be back later with postgame notes and quotes.
3rd,4:17: BYU answers with a pretty methodical 63 yard drive.
3rd, 7:38: Paul Homer 1-yard dive caps half-opening 65-yard drive. Freeman provided a boost, hitting some holes quickly.
3rd quarter: Chris Polk out and true freshman David Freeman making his debut at tailback.
Halftime: We have been informed that true freshman TE Kavario Middleton of Lakes High suffered a right knee injury, and his return is questionable. Middleton made two of the big plays in the first half, throwing a big block on Locker's TD run, and recovering a Locker fumble inside the UW 10, keeping alive the drive that resulted in UW's second score.
2nd, 4:18: Cougars tied it with methodical 71-yard drive. BYU made plenty of mistakes along the way -- mostly drops -- but UW couldn't get them off the field.
2nd, 10:38: Huskies were fortunate early, but they put together a 76-yard touchdown drive for their first lead of the season. The capper was an 52-yard pass from Locker to Lakes freshman Jermaine Kearse.
1st, 3:24: Nice UW scoring drive capped by 14-yard Locker scramble. Lappano was able to spread out the BYU defense and get Goodwin, Polk and Middleton into space. Nice Middleton block on TD.
7:00 of 1st quarter: Huskies defense shifted to a straight 3-4 and forced a three-and-out.
9:30 of first quarter: The Cougars marched 76 yards on their first possession. The score was a 38-yard pass when a Cougar receiver got past the UW defense on a third and 14.
THen, Huskies three and out on their first possession.
Meanwhile, the late arriving crowd has arrived. Pretty full in the upper deck and not bad in the end zones.
12:05 p.m.: BYU won the toss and will receive. (Game is on FSN.)
UW captains are Paul Homer, Juan Garcia, Trenton Tuiasosopo and Chris Stevens.
11:50: Both teams have left the field after completing their pregame warmups.
This is either a late-arriving crowd, or a lot of those 66,000 tickets sold are being eaten.
10 a.m.: It's a cloudy but comfortable morning at Husky Stadium.
The Huskies just walked across the field and into the tunnel to prepare for the game. A game between a couple of youth teams is playing out now.
I noticed only a couple of minor changes to the stadium this season. First -- I guess for all of you who sometimes fly over the stadium -- there is a large purple "W" painted on the roof of the north upper deck.
(I am told that the words "Go Huskies" are painted on the south-side roof, from which the press box hangs.)
Also -- in hope of more major stadium changes ahead -- fans entering from the west are greeted with historic photos of the stadium and of the artist's conception of the proposed improvements that will be pitched to the Legislature.
And finally, the mural on the southeast side of the stadium -- which last season featured coach Tyrone Willingham -- this season features players only.
As for the rest of the day: We'll continue as we did last week. I'll make this one long running blog with updates as appropriate before and during the game -- which I hope makes your own comments/conversation thread easier to follow. Then, once I've been through the postgame interviews, I'll pop in with a new postgame tread of notes and quotes and of course a new comments section for your own postgame analysis.