Another tough loss for the Dawgs

Youth was served at Husky Stadium on Saturday. Some of Washington's vaunted freshman class made big plays in a game that was back and forth all afternoon, but in the end, a controversial officials call hampered the Husky comback effort, handing BYU a 28-27 win in front of 64,611 fans at Husky Stadium.

With Washington trailing by seven, with eight seconds to play, Husky QB Jake Locker, took the snap and rolled right, avoiding two BYU defenders before going over for what seemed the tying score.

However, the officials flagged the sophomore signal-caller and his teammates for an "excessive celebration" penalty which sent the ball back 15 yards for the extra point.

K Ryan Perkins' point-after-attempt was blocked, giving the visitors the game and sending the Husky team and fans home shaking their heads.

Freshman TE Kavario Middleton had a four receptions for 30 yards, but he also made several key blocks, including one on Locker's touchdown run in the first quarter and he also recovered a fumble in the second quarter deep in Washington territory.

WR Jermaine Kearse had two big receptions, one for 48 yards and his first touchdown and RB David Freeman, subbing for an injured Chris Polk, kept the chains moving with 28 tough yards.

Polk was diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder and will be re-evaluated on Sunday.

BYU QB Max Hall and RB Harvey Unga had big days for the Cougars, who extended their national-best winning streak to 12 by helping their team wrack up 469 yards of offense.

Hall completed 30 of 41 passes for 339 yards and threw three touchdown passes and one interception while Unga chipped in 128 yards on the ground while going 12 of 14 in converting third downs.

BYU got off to a quick start as Hall showed why he is one of the most proficient quarterbacks in the country, completing his first six passes while leading the Cougars on a nine-play, 76-yard drive that ended when Hall hit WR Austin Collie on a 38-yard touchdown pass perfectly placed between Washington S Nate Williams and CB Quinton Richardson.

The Huskies sputtered in their first drive, but Locker was able to mount two solid drives before the end of the half, rushing it in from 14 yards out to cap a seven-play 66 yard drive to tie the score.

On Washington's next possession, Locker managed to find Kearse on a post pattern after the freshman beat BYU CB Scott Johnson to the inside for a 48-yard touchdown reception. Kearse made the grab at the Cougar two and fell into the endzone putting Washington up 14-7 with 10:32 left on the clock.

Hall then led the Cougars right back down the field on a 14-play, 71 yard touchdown drive that featured the running game that BYU has become known for, with Unga rushing for 42 yards on the drive.

On third-and-goal from the one, Hall hit TE Andrew George in the back of the endzone to tie up the score shortly before the half.

Washington got the ball first in the second-half and, for the first time in ages, put together a solid drive out of the gate, going 68 yards on 10 plays, behind the running of freshman RB David Freeman and Locker. The drive was capped off when FB Luke Kravitz went over from one-yard out to put the Huskies back on top 21-14 midway through the third quarter.

However, BYU isn't ranked 15th in the country for no reason. Hall and the senior-laden Cougar offense drove 65 yards on five plays as RB Fui Vakapuna carried five Huskies into the endzone on an 11-yard touchdown run knotting the score again at 21.

After the teams traded possessions, BYU had the chance to go up by seven, when Unga fumbled at the Washington one after a big hit by Williams. S Tripper Johnson recovered in the endzone ending the threat.

Four plays earlier, Husky Stadium was completely silent as S Darin Harris was taken off by ambulance after being treated on the field for over 10 minutes.

Preliminary reports were that Harris was both conscious and moving when he was sent to Harborview Hospital for further tests.

However, on their next possession, BYU drove 84 yards in nine plays and scored on a 15-yard Hall touchdown pass to TE Dennis Pitta setting up the final Washington series and the controversial ending to the game.

Locker finished the day 17 of 32 for 204 yards and one touchdown, while leading the team with 62 yards on the ground and two touchdowns as well.

Sophomore WR D'Andre Goodwin notched five receptions for 83 yards, while RB Willie Griffin had 14 yards on two carries and freshman WR Jordan Polk managed to post two catches for 20 yards and one carry for six more yards.

On defense Williams had 13 tackles and the one forced fumble while Harris managed 10 tackles before his injury and Mason Foster and Mesphin Forrester had nine tackles each.

Washington (0-2) will stay in Seattle and prepare to face off against No. 4 Oklahoma (2-0).


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