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Pregame account from Seattle

Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant intercepts Nick Foles pass intended for UA Wide Receiver Travis Cobb.  The interception was the play to end the game.
Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant intercepts Nick Fole’s pass intended for UA Wide Receiver Travis Cobb. The interception was the play to end the game.

SEATTLE — What an atmosphere here in Seattle – great tailgating, nice weather, and a really unique stadium. Here’s what was seen and heard throughout the day by the Daily Wildcat.

4:18 p.m. – UW fans bucking the red cup trend in favor of purple and gold beer containers

4:27 – If you aren’t wearing QB Jake Locker’s purple No. 10 jersey then you’re an outcast

4:29 – The closest tailgating site to the stadium is located in circular rows around the stadium. An older crowd – and skillful parkers.

4:31 – Very laid back atmosphere. Nice to see fraternity-types actually wearing sleeves for a change.

4:35 – Tried to get into “”The Zone”” (VIP tailgating area with video games, a moon walk, and a miniature football field) and was promptly denied. I guess good looks just aren’t are important as wrist bands here in Seattle.

4:39 – Finally see the famed boating tailgate. Everything from 80+ foot yachts to canoes out on Lake Washington to bring even more liquid to the tailgating scene.

4:47 – “”Bark for Sark”” and The Dawgfather”” shirts in honor of new head coach Steve Sarkisian are selling like hot cakes. Think Husky fans are happy to have competitive football again?

4:52 – Dozens of youth cheerleaders getting ready for what can only be a competition before the game or at half time. Count on me taking a break to buy some food whenever that happens.

5:00 – “”Tour de Tailgate”” continues with an endless sea of white RVs, pickup trucks, and other necessities. Can’t see ‘em? Just look for all the balloons floating high in the sky.

5:04 – UWs “”Alumni Band”” makes its way to the stadium. I wonder if they’d beat the current UW band in a band-off.

5:05 – Seattle is dog country. Stuffed dogs, pictures of dogs, and even actual dogs can be seen everywhere.

5:23 – People in the parking lot ask about the thousands of newspapers stolen from the Daily Wildcat. News travels fast.

5:27 – Although the Wildcats fans are vastly outnumbered, the Arizona ladies are far and away the best looking in the lots.

6:07 – Walk into the stadium. Pretty cool place – The main bowl wraps from the corner northeast corner around to the southeast corner with smaller bleachers and a scoreboard separating the field from Lake Washington on the east side. Then the north and south sidelines feature towering second-level bleachers that are as steep as any seating structure I’ve ever seen. Both decks are covered, which traps the noise to make Husky Stadium one of the loudest in the nation.

6:41 – Game time is getting closer. UA huddles on the 30 to get pumped, Delashaun Dean circles the crowd and then leaps over top to crowd surf above the helmets.

7:05 – UW band takes the field. The ensemble makes a “”W”” that stretches 80 yards wide and 50 feet long, then transforms to write “”Huskies”” in cursive. They close by playing “”America the Beautiful”” while shaped like a flag pole and spreading an American Flag from the 42-yard-line to the opposite 32-yard-line. Impressive.

7:16 – National anthem.

7:19 – The notoriously boisterous Husky crowd is starting to get loud.

7:20 – UA and UW captains take the field. DT and captain Earl Mitchell didn’t make the trip after being hit in the face with a door in McKale Center on Friday.

7:21 – Huskies take the field. This place is LOUD.

7:22 – Wildcats take the field.

7:23 – Washington wins the toss, will receive.

7:24 – Official game time weather: 52 degrees, light wind.

7:25 – The ball is kicked, and we’re under way.

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