The Huskies have played their first game of 2009 against #11 ranked LSU and Jake Locker’s stats are in. Let’s take a look how Jake performed against one of the strongest defenses in the country:
Passing: 25 of 45 (55.6% accuracy) for 321 yards and 2 touchdowns (and one interception)
Rushing: 12 for 51 yards (4.25 yards per carry)
Jake’s passing yards alone matched LSU’s total yards (321). Jake also lead the Huskies to 478 yards of total offense against a defense that only allowed an average of 325 last season. The Huskies had 25 first downs vs. LSU’s 17, ran 83 offensive plays to LSU’s 48, and had a 13:44 time of possession advantage over LSU.
Outside of stats, it is interesting to look at Coach Sarkisian’s thoughts on Jake Locker’s performance:
His competitive nature is amazing. I saw accuracy in throws I don’t think he had before. I saw a really good understanding of an offense that is going to allow him only to continue to grow. And I’m very proud of him because the first game in this offense against that defense, I thought he performed very well.
He threw some nice balls, he moved well in the pocket. He kept his eyes up. And that’s a good defense, now. That team is going to be competing for an SEC championship, possibly a national championship, and they’ve got really good players. I’m proud of Jake’s performance.