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Defense Steps Up As Huskies Upset Another Top 10 Team

Photo Credit:  Fel P. 

Defense Steps Up As Huskies Upset Another Top 10 Teamby @thatonedood

On the road, the Huskies have suffered through some debilitating defeats, leaving many wondering how much this team has improved in coach Steve Sarkisian’s fourth season.  At home, however, the Huskies have told a markedly different story.

While much of the focus this season has been on the struggles of Keith Price and the decimating injuries to the offensive line, the defense has shown significant improvement this season, particularly at home.  This defense (led by new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi) picked off Oregon State QB Sean Mannion four times, leading the way to a 20-17 upset of the 7th-ranked Beavers.

Photo Credit:  Jeff O.

In the first half, RB Bishop Sankey led a Husky rushing attack that set the physical tone of the game, rushing for over 80 yards on a Beavers defense that had yet to allow that many yards rushing in one half.  On the defensive side of the ball, the Huskies hit hard and often.  The physicality of the Husky defense was evident when S Sean Parker lit in to star WR Markus Wheaton and knocked him out of the game in the second quarter with a possible concussion.

The Huskies started the second half with a 10-0 lead, but the Beavers would storm back to tie the game at 10.  The Huskies would then pick off Mannion for the third time early in the 4th quarter, with LB John Timu returning the pass for a touchdown.  However, the interception return was called back on a senseless personal foul penalty on DL Danny Shelton.  The Huskies would retain possession, but failed to convert the turnover into points.

Photo Credit:  Fel P.

On Oregon State’s next possession, Mannion was picked off for the fourth and final time.  This time, the Huskies converted, with Sankey netting his 2nd touchdown of the night.  The Beavers then went to backup QB Cody Vaz, who promptly led the Beavers down the field for a game-tying touchdown.

With the Huskies only needing a field goal to win the game, Price orchestrated a clock-draining drive, highlighted by a crucial 3rd and 7 completion to WR Kasen Williams.  K Travis Coons would convert the field goal from 30 yards out.

Photo Credit:  Fel P.

This left the Beavers with less than 90 seconds to get down the field to at least tie the game.  The Huskies gave up consecutive first down completions, but then the defense buckled down.  The defensive secondary locked down the OSU wide outs on first and second down, then pressured Vaz into a sack on third down.  Now facing a long fourth down with the game on the line, Vaz threw wide of his intended target and could not convert the play, sealing the Huskies’ second win this season over a top-10 ranked team.

The Huskies now face the California Golden Bears, who have struggled to a 3-6 record this year.  While much may be made of the return of former Golden Bear player and coach Tosh Lupoi, the true focus should be on whether the defensive intensity of the Huskies can travel on the road with them to Berkeley.

Photo Credit:  Fel P.

Many Husky fans have also been left wondering, which Husky football team will actually show up to play?  Will it be the Husky team that plays with an intensity and physical demeanor not seen since the days of Steve Emtman?  Or will it be the same Husky team that gave up over 40 points to LSU, Oregon, and Arizona?  Will Keith Price finally resemble the quarterback who outplayed Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III in last year’s Alamo Bowl?  Or will we see the Keith Price who is trying to shoulder too much of the burden on offense and pressing to make plays happen?  Whatever the case may be, this game will be crucial in determining whether the Huskies are on their way to a 3rd straight bowl game or whether this will be a lost season of transition.

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Photo Credit:  BP

Shooter Testimonial:  BP

Finally got a chance to shoot on the field of a NCAA football game.  Like many of the folks who wrote about their experiences, I will echo them and say that it was a crazy!  We got there as a crew, iPhone 4′s in hand, nervousness on our faces, but swagger that we always have when we are together.  For this game, I had the opportunity to shoot with close friends whom I’ve known since Jr. HS.  We were all from Bremerton, and back then, in our community, there were cliques but we were also in the same circles.  You see our parents were friends also.  This helped immensely in how we held our chins up.  I won’t lie.  As much as I am an advocate for mobile photography, I was worried about how my shots would come out.

Photo Credit:  BP

I love shooting street and so for the most part, I can zoom in with my feet…a lot!  If I needed to get a close shot, I know the range of my camera phone, I can get within the distance that I need to feel happy about my photos.  I know on the field I won’t have that luxury.  There’s the yellow line (literally a yellow line) that keeps press from getting to close to the team.  There’s the security who makes sure that you adhere to the press credentials you’ve got on.  I even had a security person push me down because I was in the way of the TV cameras in the end zone.  Speaking about TV cameras:  do you all know the moving camera shots they get when they shoot sports events, theres this camera cart with a really long extension cord and feed that moves in accordance with the action on the field.  If you are not careful, you will get clipped at the feet and may get hurt.  It’s like somewhere between playing double dutch and making sure you don’t get tangled up on a crab boat off of The Deadliest Catch.  Lots of factors that also includes:  WATCH OUT FOR THE ACTION on the field.  I counted 3-4 times where I stood there while the action was coming my way and if I didn’t move, I may have gotten clobbered.

I had a coffee meeting with Daniel (UW contact) the Thursday before and he told me, “just don’t be the guy who gets runned over on the sidelines because that means you’ll be on TV for who knows how long.”  Deer in headlights and/or “I just want to get that money shot”, either way there were a few close calls.

Photo Credit:  BP

The dynamics on the field with the other big camera shooters wasn’t what I had gotten from other mobile shooters.  Others took photos with cameramen, iPhone vs Big Camera, shots – others talked about big camera folks asking how’d you get on the field…but in a nice way.  I found that all I did with these shooters was try to get that perfect spot on the sideline.  We all moved with the action and so we’d play a game of leap frog and where we land is where we shot from.  I would get glances from them if I got in their way and GLARES if I got in their spot.  It definitely added to my experience as I love the idea of competition.

It made me wonder how good of a shooter I really was by using a mobile on the field.  I questioned it for sure.  The phone is limited for sure!

Photo Credit:  BP

The others before us who shot PSU to USC, all took some great action shots and the “team coming out of the tunnel with the smoke and led on the field by Coach Sark” shot that many of them were able to take…I didn’t have that much luck.  That was totally frustrating.  I just wanted that but understood of course that the harsh artificial light along with the terrible low light sensor on the i4, made for disaster.  I had to be more creative and get back to my style.  Get close.  Get hella close. then SNAP away.

Oh and if you’re reading this…and you’re interested in shooting UW athletic events with Juxt…will you please contact us!  We LOCKED down the UW basketball season =)

Photo Credit:  BP

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Photo Credit:  Darvin Vida

Photo Credit:  Darvin Vida

Photo Credit:  Darvin Vida

Photo Credit:  Darvin Vida

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Juxt and Igers Seattle has a really cool project with the University of Washington Athletics Department. Our local mobile photographers are granted access to behind the scenes of UW’s athletic games and starting with its largest athletic program – Husky football.

We look forward to this partnership and will ask local mobile shooters to join us in these events when the space arises. The marriage between photography and social media is a great one. This is an opportunity to show the work of local mobile photographers covering amazing and awesome events.

Big thanks to Daniel Hour , Director for New Media & Recruiting Services, University of Washington Athletics. He has been a great advocate for the work of local mobile device photographers through Instagram and other social networks. It is great to have him as a resource and a partner with this project. BIG Thanks D and to your staff as well.

UW has one more home game for the season and we’re excited to have Scott and Jenna shoot the game!

Read our past articles:

UW Raise the Woof!
Dream Come True, UW v SDSU
Huskies Rebound Strong with All-Around Effort, #UWvPSU
Big Plays from Sankey, Williams Key Upset of Stanford
Offensive Struggles Doom Huskies in Loss to USC

2 Comments

  1. GREAT coverage despite that awful rain. Way to go and so glad you finally got to go, BP!

  2. GREAT article @thatonedood, and i don’t know anything about sports! great photos @thisguyfel!