Before we get too far past the Oregon State game, it’s worth reviewing what was one of the key plays of UW’s dramatic 35-34 double overtime win — if one that may have gotten a little overshadowed in events that happened later.
The play is pictured to the right (in an Associated Press photo) when UW linebacker Mason Foster brought down OSU QB Ryan Katz on a third-down run in the fourth quarter. Katz gained just five yards, falling three yards shy of the first down, forcing OSU to punt with about seven-and-a-half minutes left in the game.
That was one of three straight three-and-outs for OSU to begin the fourth quarter, and came at a critical time in the game (though all the fourth quarter seems pretty critical in retrospect) as UW’s Erik Folk had just missed a 45-yard field goal that would have put UW ahead.
That seemed to have all the momentum going back in the favor of the Beavers. After a two-yard Jacquizz Rodgers run and then a pass to Joe Halahuni knocked away by Cort Dennison (foreshadowing events to happen later), Katz took off scrambling and appeared to have enough for a first down if he could get by Foster. Foster, instead, grabbed Katz by the left arm and dragged him down, again shifting the momentum in UW’s favor.
I asked Foster about the play yesterday and if it’s common to drag someone down by the arm.
“That rarely happens,” he said. “Maybe (it happened) once in high school or a couple of times in practice. But I just call them ‘situational tackles.’ You’ve got to get them down any way you can. He didn’t get the first down and it turned out to be a big play for us.
“He’s a great athlete, he was running, a good-sized guy (Katz is listed at 6-1, 209) and he was trying to make a play and I was trying to make a play and it’s always tough in a stressful situation like that.”
But Foster knows all about making game-turning plays late in night contests at Husky Stadium.
UW heading to Arizona this week reminds everyone of the play he made last season when he caught an interception that tipped off the foot of Arizona WR Delashaun Dean and returned it 37 yards for a TD with 2:37 left to give Washington an eventual 36-33 win (see video here).
Asked about that yesterday, Foster responded “you mean the shoe play?”
“It’s cool to have that and be a part of a big play like that at Husky Stadium,” he continued. “But for the most part I don’t really think about it anymore. I want to make more plays this year and be known for making big plays this year. But it’s always a great play and a great memory for me. … I saw it a lot last year (on replays) but I haven’t really seen it a lot this year. It was definitely a big play — one of those crazy, little, bizarre things that happen in football.”
October 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM
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