Huskies lose a heart-breaker to the Irish

For a long time it looked like Washington might be on it's way to the first ever victory over Notre Dame. However, the Irish defense held tough eight times inside the five yard line, holding the Huskies to three points and ultimately got a heart-stopping 37-30 win in overtime...

Washington got great performances from QB Jake Locker -- 22 of 40 passing for 281 yards and a touchdown -- as well as RB Chris Polk (136 yards rushing) and WR Jermaine Kearse (8 receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown), but couldn't overcome the 422 yards passing and two touchdowns by Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen and 275 yards of total offense (244 receiving, 31 rushing) and one touchdwon by WR Golden Tate .

Early on Washington's defense gave up long gainers to the Irish, but held them to three Nick Tausch field goals (34, 40 and 34 yards) while putting up seven points of their own on their first drive of the day.

The Huskies also scored a defensive touchdown for the second straight week and again it came off of a backward pass that was picked up by CB Desmond Trufant and returned 17 yards to put the Huskies up 14-9.

Tate then got loose in Washington's secondary late in the second quarter, rambling 67 yards after taking a short pass from Clausen and outracing the Husky defense to the endzone, giving the Irish their first lead of the day at 16-14.

Washington was not ready for the half to end however and they went 53 yards in six plays, ending when K Erik Folk hit a 40-yarder as time ran out sending the teams into the locker room with the Huskies leading 17-16.

Tate got to work early in the second half, catching another short Clausen pass and turning it up field for 77 yards before being pushed out of bounds by Husky freshman CB Desmond Trufant at the two. The effort by the freshman did pay off however, as the Huskies were able to stuff Notre Dame RB Armando Allen twice and force Clausen to throw the ball away, resulting in the Irish settling for another Tausch field goal, this one coming from 21-yards out.

Locker then began to heat up driving the Huskies 64 yards in nine plays and hitting Kearse for an eight-yard touchdown in front of Notre Dame CB Darrin Walls, giving Washington the lead yet again, 24-19.

The Husky defense then held tough on the next Notre Dame drive, resulting in a punt and Locker again drove Washington from their own 20 to the Notre Dame one where the first of two goal line stands kept Washington out of the endzone.

Also coming into question will be Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian's questionable fourth-down call when he could have kicked the field goal and put Washington up by 8 points. Instead, the first-year head coach decided to sneak Locker who was stuffed for no gain and on the subsequent Irish drive, they were able to drive the ball 93 yards in nine plays, but once again were only able to get three points and draw within two points of the Dawgs, 24-22.

On Washington's next drive, the Huskies marched 69 yards in 15 plays, appearing to get the near game-clinching touchdown when Polk went over from six yards out. However, the replay officials over-ruled the call on the field and said Polk's knee was down before the ball crossed the goal line although it appeared there was not conclusive evidence to overturn the call.

On the next three plays, the Huskies were unable to put the ball in and settled for what appeared to be Folk's third field goal, but LS Danny Morovick took an elbow to the face on the attempt and Notre Dame was flagged for "roughing the center" resulting in four more tries from inside the two and they again were unable to score and Folk then came on to hit from 24 yards out to put Washington ahead 27-22 with 2:52 remaining.

Clausen then drove the Irish down to the Washington 12 before hitting TE Kyle Rudolph in front of Husky CB Quinton Richardson and then RB Robert Hughes converted the two-point conversion to put Notre Dame up by three with only 1:20 left on the clock.

But this Washington team is different than past teams. They fought back and drove the ball to the Notre Dame 19 and with :07 left on the clock Folk nailed his third field goal of the night, from 37 yards out, to send the game into over time.

In the extra set, Notre Dame was able to get a one-yard touchdown from Hughes and Washington was unable to match them, suffering a sack and two dropped passes to end the game.

The injury situation also got worse for the Huskies as it was determined that S Justin Glenn broke his fibula and S Nate Williams and WR D'Andre Goodwin both suffered concussions.

Washington (2-3) now heads back to Seattle to get ready to face Arizona who had the week off.


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