The 12 Plays of Christmas: No. 8

With the holidays upon us, is counting down the top plays of the season, with the No. 1 play to finish out the year. So who is next on the list? We've already called Kasen Williams' name once on the list, but here he comes up with another signature play, a play that would have been good in the NFL too.

The Washington Huskies had just won two big games - at home to Oregon State and a gutty, sloppy road win over California. Coming home to face Utah, at the time the Utes appeared to be the biggest obstacle from UW winning five straight to finish the season.

But the game didn't start well. Utah scored first via a John White run and the Huskies' offense just wasn't clicking. After going scoreless in the first quarter Washington took over at their own 34 and started driving.

Washington needed a score badly, and quarterback Keith Price was able to drive down the field by mixing in passes to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Cody Bruns, Bishop Sankey and Kasen Williams before finding themselves with a 3rd and 3 from the Utah 8-yard line.

At the snap the Washington offensive line slid to their right, and Utah stud defensive lineman Star Lotulelei - a future NFL first rounder - creased the gap between Dexter Charles and Micah Hatchie for a clean hit on Price. But Williams had gotten free in the end zone and Price heaved a pass up that only Williams could catch.

Catch it he did. Using all 6-feet-2 inches, the 7-foot high jumper gathered himself, knew exactly where his feet needed to be to stay in-bounds, and then laid out for a perfect stab. In fact Williams was so aware that he was able to keep both feet in play - a catch NFL-worthy if there ever was one.

Williams' TD grab was the kind of play the Huskies needed to have at that time. It gave Price a boost of confidence and it gave the offense some pep in their step. Two drives later John Timu picked off Utah freshman QB Travis Wilson and UW was off to the races. He hit frosh WR Jaydon Mickens with a 47-yard catch down the middle of the field that led to another score via a Price 4-yard keeper to give Washington a 14-8 halftime lead.

After the Washington defense stopped Utah on 4th and 1 coming out to start the third quarter Price found DiAndre Campbell for another Husky touchdown and UW never looked back. But it was Williams' NFL-worthy catch that got the ball rolling for the Huskies that night.

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