That question at the end was one I tried to answer for my story for tomorrow’s paper.
By my way of thinking, that third-and-15 completion from Jake Locker to Jermaine Kearse to jump start the last drive was the biggest play of the game — bigger, I thought, than the later Locker-Kearse hookup which came on second down. With the first one, the drive ends and UW kicks to USC with plenty of time for the Trojans to drive into field goal range — and no way the Huskies win it in regulation. And so I thought the biggest play of one of the biggest drives in UW history deserved a little space of its own.
On to a few other notes. …
— If you want to watch a replay of the game on-line, here you go.
— I’ve had more than a few e-mails challenging the assertion that UW hadn’t been ranked since 2003 before this week, sure UW must have been ranked after the decent starts in 2006 and 2007. Not to prove people wrong but to clear the record, UW was indeed never ranked during the Tyrone Willingham era. The closest UW came in terms of the AP poll was in 2006, after the 4-1 start, when the Huskies were 28th. After the 2-0 start in 2007, UW was 29th.
— Coach Sark’s blog is asking for photos or videos of the finish to the game.
— Coach Sark’s blog also has more info on the Run of Hope that is a pet cause of UW QB Jake Locker. It’s a very worthy effort by all involved and one that is especially important to Locker.
— Locker was also named the Davey O’Brien QB of the Week.
— A few of you have asked if there should have been a penalty on USC for kicker interference on the game-winning field goal. One UW official I talked to said definitely. No one asked Steve Sarkisian about it today so not sure what he thought — he’s probably happy enough with the outcome not to worry about it much now. But coaches of all teams after all games send in reviews of the officiating to the Pac-10 so that was likely on it.
— Nick Daschel states a case that the Pac-10 is the No. 2 league right now.
— Ted Miller looks at what is next for UW and USC.
— Jon Wilner looks at the week that was for Stanford and guesses that the UW-Stanford game this weekend will come down to the last possession.
— Some of you have asked if there was reaction from LSU on UW’s win. Here’s what LSU coach Les Miles said today according to the school’s official web site:
“I kind of enjoyed watching that game and seeing how we compared. I don’t know that the comparison is fair considering that USC was without their starting quarterback and didn’t appear to me that they could throw it very well, but I think it speaks to the fact that (Jake) Locker and Washington are a very good football team. I don’t think it really tells a significant story about USC, only that our first game in their stadium was maybe worth more than just what they (the fans) thought – just a victory. Maybe it was a good football team like we thought going in and really they proved to us as we left the stadium. I enjoyed watching that game. Again, I hate to see an injury decide any game, but I thought that Washington earned the victory.”
— Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com says UW’s win may also have spelled the beginning of the end of the USC dynasty
— Scott Wolf has a few interesting Pete Carroll quotes on his blog.
— A couple of interesting stories from Greg Biggins. First, he updates some injuries to some key recruits, including noting that UW commit John Timu suffered an ACL injury and is out for the season. He also has this on Dietrich Riley saying UW remains in his top four.
All for now.