When Tarvaris Jackson opened Sunday's game against St. Louis with back-to-back interceptions, it seemed like Seattle sports fans were destined to suffer through a third depressing display of mediocrity in 48 hours. Luckily, mediocre is enough to beat the Rams.
Indeed, the defensive line deserves a steak dinner from coach Pete Carroll for their performance yesterday. Mammoth 330-pound tackle Red Bryant might eat Carroll into debt, but he more than earned his T-bone with a timely interception of Sam Bradford with just over four minutes to go in the fourth quarter. When the Rams' young hurler had his pass tipped, Bryant snatched it out of the air and rumbled like an Abrams tank to the St. Louis 21-yard line. Justin Forsett scored three plays later to ice to win and improve the Hawks to 4-6 on the season.
Two in a row ain't much of a winning streak, but that's precisely what the UW football team was hoping they'd have to end their 2011 regular season. Unfortunately, the Huskies shat the bed Saturday against Oregon State in perhaps their most pathetic performance of the year.
Nick Montana got his first career start at quarterback but failed to live up to the lofty expectations that accompany his legendary surname. The son of Joe was 11-of-21 passing for 79 yards with two touchdowns, an interception and a lost fumble. At least like his father, he seems to have a knack for finding lanky tight ends in the endzone. Heralded freshman Austin Sefarian-Jenkins caught two touchdowns but dropped a third -- a potential 78-yarder -- that would have given UW the lead for the first time in the second half.
But playing their usual porous defense, the Dawgs never really stood much of a chance against even the meager Beavers. An ailing Keith Price replaced Montana midway through the fourth quarter but it was too-little, too-late. A Price pass to Kasen Williams had touchdown potential but was picked-off on the 1-yard line. OSU promptly drove 99 yards to clinch the win.
The Huskies face the Cougars this week at CenturyLink field. A loss to end the year would send UW to some crappy, off-brand bowl game. A win will also send them to a crappy, off-brand bowl game. So really it's a win-win situation.
A few hours before the Seahawks kicked-off in St. Louis, the UW basketball team got pummeled by the Saint Louis University Billikens. The Huskies played Sunday like they spent all of Saturday night cavorting across the Mississippi River in Sauget, Illinois.
The Dawgs were down 50-25 at halftime, and never overcome their apparent East Side hangover. They trailed by as many as 29 in the second half and lost 77-64. Terrence Ross was the only bright spot, scoring 17 points and collecting 8 rebounds.
Rick Majerus' team put on a clinic with their grinding motion-offense, tenacious man-to-man defense, and hard-nosed hustle basketball. That spoiled Lorenzo Romar's first visit to the Gateway City since he left the top job at SLU to become the head coach of his alma mater.
And so it was that one 300-pound man gave Seattle fans joy yesterday in St. Louis, while another gave them sorrow.