I wrapped up my 2015 football season last Sunday when the Cleveland Browns came into town. The Seahawks were on a roll with 5 straight wins and the Browns were the only thing between the Hawks and a playoff berth. Johnny Football marched Cleveland right down the field on the first drive, but that was about all that they would be able to do for the rest of the day. The Seahawks behind Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin went on to a 30-13 victory and put the Hawks right where they expect to be, back in the playoffs.
I can't believe how quickly this season flew by for me. It seems like just yesterday I was rolling into Husky Stadium on a hot August early afternoon for the first game of the season. I have met even more great people this season and continue to learn and try to push more each game.
Sunday was the second part of a Night-Day double header of shooting with my first Seahawks game of the season. The Seahawks were bruised a bit after a tough loss the previous week and the Panthers came in with a perfect record. I return home what just what the doctor ordered to get things back on track, right? Well, it looked that way for about 58 minutes of the game. The Seahawks never really put them away struggling to keep the offense on the field for the fourth quarter. Then Cam Newton drove the Panthers down the field to capture a 27-23 victory over the Seahawks with a TD pass to Greg Olsen. The Seahawks have a short week this week as they head down to play the 49ers on Thursday. Let's hope they can right the ship down there.
I made the trip down to Corvallis last weekend for the Oregon State – Colorado game. Both teams were looking for their first Pac-12 win of the season. Watching the game, you could tell why both of these teams were winless in the conference. It was a pretty rough game as both teams struggled to get their offenses going. Colorado was able to pull off a 17-13 victory. This was actually the first conference win in the last 14 tries for the Buffaloes, so they were happy to get that weight off of their backs.
The Huskies came out "Blacked-out" on Halloween night as the Arizona Wildcats came to town. They probably wish that they would have stayed in the desert as the Dawgs became a Halloween nightmare scoring early and often to rout the 'Cats 49-3. Jake Browning came of an injury week to score 5 touchdowns through the air and on the ground. The Huskies welcome Utah next week looking to knock off a ranked opponent at home.
It was a rainy and windy night as the 12th ranked Utah Utes came into Husky Stadium. The Utes went up by a couple of scores early and were able t hold off a surge by Washington to capture a 34-23 win. The slushy conditions lead to seven total turnovers in the game and the Utes were able to take one fumble back for a touchdown. Washington hits the road for two weeks before coming home for the Apple Cup against WSU.
I made the drive down to Eugene early in the morning on a beautiful cold, crisp fall day to see the USC Trojans come in to Autzen Stadium to take on the Ducks. The teams were ranked #23 and #24 so it was sure to be a good matchup. Both teams still with an eye at the Pac-12 championship for their respective divisions. Vernon Adams stepped on the gas early and never let off going for over 400 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Trojans kept it interesting for most of the game, but just were not able to match the Ducks on this day with Oregon pulling away with a 48-28 victory over the Trojans.
A beautiful clear, cold November Friday was the stage for the 108th Apple Cup in Seattle for the state's bragging rights. The Cougars were ranked 20th in the poll but were missing star QB Luke Falk to a concussion the previous week. The Huskies were playing for the chance of a sixth win that would get them to a bowl game. But as you know, once the ball is kicked, you can throw that all out the window. What it all came down to was Myles Gaskin running like a beast and the Defense getting three pick-sixes from Sidney Jones, Darren Gardenhire and Akeem Victor leading to a convincing 45-10 win for the Dawgs over the Cougars.
The second half of my Thanksgiving weekend double header was heading down to CenturyLink Field to capture the Seahawks as the hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers. There was a lot of gold and black in the stands for this one as all the Steeler fans came out of the woodwork. This was not a typical type of Seahawks game as the offense had to carry most of the burden as they got into a shootout with Big Ben and the Steelers. Russell Wilson had a huge day with five touchdown passes, three of them to Doug Baldwin on way to a 39-30 win over the Steelers.