Although Tennessee ultimately settled for a field goal and a 3-0 lead, that big pass accomplished two significant things:
1) It told Arkansas, ''We're not afraid to throw deep on you.''
2) It enabled Washington to show that he could not be covered one-on-one.
''It was just a play where I was one-on-one with Batman,'' Washington said. ''I just wanted to take it deep, really start the crowd off and start the offense off with a big play. I was able to get past him and make a big catch for us.''
Then, again showcasing the humble stance he has adopted since being roundly criticized for his showmanship earlier this season, Washington quickly turned the spotlight on his teammates.
''It was a great throw and, obviously, great blocking up front,'' he said. ''It was a big play I needed to make for my team.''