Wow, what a night for the Huskies.
Not just that they won but how they won.
That was the most old-style UW football game we’ve seen since the 2000 season, especially considering the opponent and the setting.
UW pushed, knocked and pulled Nebraska all over the field, and everybody who played had a part in it.
The offense blocked and ran hard and the defense was standout throughout.
Hard to believe that the team that gained the most yards against the Huskies this season — 533 — will also go down gaining the second-fewest — 189.
I asked UW coach Steve Sarkisian afterward on the field what he thought the game said about where the progam is and he responded: “I think we are playing the brand of football that we always thought we could,” he said. “It just took us a little longer than maybe we all wanted to. But we are running the football and playing defense and it’s a physical brand of football and it’s something we always wanted to play and we are just there now.”
That’s about as telling a quote about what happened tonight than anything else, I think.
And hard for anyone not to like hearing Jake Locker say “this is the experience I came back for.”
Anyway, being a bowl game, we had some newfangled ideas for some things, and one was to record my thoughts immediately afterward.
One thing I pondered is this question — will this game prove to be like the 1978 Rose Bowl upset of Michigan that kickstarted the Don James era? It had that feel with the way the Huskies perfectly executed a few new wrinkles early — the pass to Locker, the first TD out of the Pistol — then simply outphysicaled their opponent the rest of the way.
Of course, we won’t truly know the answer to that question for a few years. But the game had the feel of signfying a permanent shift in UW’s fortunes.
Anyway, check out more of my thoughts in the video below. And I hope you are checking out all of our coverage on the front page, which includes video of an interview with Jake Locker afterward. I’ll have some more audio of players and coaches in a little while.
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