Six great memories in recent Husky history

As the Washington Huskies, as well as the rest of the college football world, prepare to return to action this week, we thought it might be fun to turn some pages in the Husky almanac from the last 20 years of good times this program has given it's fans. Here are six of our favorite Husky memories spanning the past two decades.

Longest Touchdown Reception - Tom Flick to Willie Rosborough

In 1980 with Air Force visiting Husky Stadium, Washington blew out the Falcons 50-7 and on that day an innocent pass in the flat to a converted fullback became a school record. Flick threw to Rosborough, who had slipped into the flat to catch a screen pass and motor upfield for some yardage. After breaking one tackle and picking up a downfield block, Willie ran his 240-pound frame all the way through the Falcon secondary for an 84-yard touchdown. Rosborough was quite a character and as the band began to play "Tequila", he jumped up on the bench and began to conduct along with longtime band director Bill Bissell.

Second Longest Touchdown Reception - Marques Tuiasosopo to Todd Elstrom

This came in Rick Neuheisel's seventh game of his Washington career in 1998, and perhaps was the defining moment in the coach's initial season. The Huskies entered Memorial Stadium in Berkeley with a 3-3 record and were trailing California by two scores. In the second half the offense had been able to generate very little and found themselves pinned deep in their own territory. It looked as though the Huskies were not only going to have their winning streak against Cal broken, but also Neuheisel was in serious danger of dropping to 3-4 and having his new team's season spiral downward in a hurry. Washington lined up and ran four receivers on vertical routes. Tui threw a touch pass into coverage but Elstrom was able to secure the ball at the 34-yard line with one hand while fighting off a Cal cornerback. After making the reception the cornerback fell, also tripping up the strong safety. The big receiver from Puyallup was off to the races and just beat Cal's all-American Deltha O'Neal to the endzone for a huge 83-yard touchdown. Washington would finish the season 7-4, just missing the Rose Bowl.

Most Rushing Records at Washington - Napoleon Kaufman

From 1991 to 1994, the 5-9 185-pound blur turned the Husky record book on it's ear and is now forever enshrined into the memories of Husky fans for the incredible excitement and sheer pleasure he brought to Washington. When Chris Tormey was able to get Napoleon to turn down Miami, USC, UCLA, Florida State, and a host of others and leave his Lompoc, California home for Seattle, it was a watershed moment for the program. As a true freshman he had trouble keeping his feet because his legs moved so fast, but it was evident from his first carry as a third string tailback that he was going to be special. Nip went on to set Washington career records by rushing for 4041 yards on 710 carries, good for a 5.7 yards per carry average. Other records Nip still owns include career rushing yards per game (91.8), yards per carry in a season (6.5 in 1992), 17 games where he rushed for over 100 yards, four games of where he rushed for over 200 yards, three times rushing for over 200 yards in 1994 alone, and his 33 rushing touchdowns are tops for the Dawgs.

Greatest Rushing Season at Washington - Cory Dillon

Former UW offensive coordinator Scott Linehan called Dillon a "once in a decade type of running back" and he was right on. In 1996 Dillon helped a young Brock Huard to get his feet wet by carrying the Husky offense on his back after Rashaan Shehee went down with a foot injury early in the season. Dillon, a junior college transfer from Dixie JC in Utah, took pride in picking up what he described as "the ugly four". He thrived on thumping the middle of defenses and picking up four yards a pop until they finally wore down and then he would break one loose. While starting 8 contests, Dillon carried the ball a school record 271 times and picked up 1,555 yards, the top mark for any Husky back in a season. Dillon found the endzone 22 times on the ground and once as a receiver and had one of the best quarters in the history of the NCAA when he tore up, down, and through San Jose State for 222 yards rushing as well as scoring on an 83-yard screen pass from Brock Huard in the first quarter. The 259 yards he compiled against Oregon is second all-time to Hugh McElhenny's 296 yards against Washington State 40 years before Dillon.

Greatest Single Game Yardage Game at Washington - Marques Tuiasosopo

When Stanford came to town in 1999, they were able to hit the Husky quarterback hard on the first Washington series of the game. Tuiasosopo slammed his gluteus maximus so hard on the turf that pain racked through the tough Samoan's body. He ran up the tunnel, took an injection to ease the pain, and returned to the field to post the most impressive performance by an offensive player in NCAA history. In one of the most gutsy and clutch performances ever turned in by a Husky, Tuiasosopo shook the injury off to not only throw for 302 yards, he would also grind out 207 yards on the ground to lead the Huskies to a hard fought 35-30 win to knock the Cardinals out of the Rose Bowl. He is the only player in NCAA history to post such lofty marks in both rushing and passing in a single game. Tuiasosopo would finish his Husky career with 1374 rushing yards, eclipsing Dennis Fitzpatrick's record for a quarterback in that category by over 500 yards. Tui also broke a school record when he threw for 300 yards on just 10 completions against California in 1999, good for 30.0 yards per completion. He would go on to earn 2000 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year as well as the 2001 Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player.

Greatest Performance By a Place Kicker at Washington - Chuck Nelson

Everett's favorite son Chuck Nelson was as close to automatic as you could get when he lined up for a three-pointer. While Jeff Jaeger, the kicker that followed him at Washington broke many of his records, Nelson's incredible run in 1981-82 was nothing short of amazing. His 109 points he scored in 1982 are a school record and his streak of 30 straight field goals without a miss is an NCAA record. When Nelson missed a 39-yard field goal against USC on a very windy November 4th of 1981, no one could possibly know that he would not miss another attempt until November 20th of 1982 in the Apple Cup against WSU. Ironically enough, it was the last kick of Nelson's regular season career at Washington. During the streak of 30 in a row, Nelson nailed kicks from 46 yards out against USC in 1981 and 49 yards away against both Oregon and San Diego State in 1982. His record of 25 makes in 26 attempts translates to an incredible .962 success percentage. That may never be duplicated. Nelson didn't miss a point after touchdown in 1982, making all 34 attempts, and finished his career by only missing three of 97 points after touchdown. He left Washington as an all-American both as an athlete and as an academician.

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