Huskies win a thriller at home

Washington got two touchdowns in 18 seconds and earned an improbable 36-33 win over Arizona in front of 61,621 fans at Husky Stadium.

The Huskies benefited from a huge gaffe by Arizona and stunningly topped the visiting Wildcats even though they were out-gained 461 to 235 on offense.

LB Mason Foster capped a huge night (11 tackles and one interception) by returning an interception 37 yards for the go ahead score. With Arizona leading the game 33-28, QB Nick Foles dropped back to pass and hesitated as Foster ran into his passing lane. He then gunned the ball low, hitting WR Delashaun Dean on the side of his left foot, the ball then bounced into the hands of Foster who turned and rumbled in for the touchdown.

The Huskies then hit a crucial two-point conversion as QB Jake Locker, who also had a big night running the ball, hit WR Jermaine Kearse over CB Trevin Wade giving Washington a 36-33 lead.

However, the game wasn't over until freshman CB Desmond Trufant picked off Foles on fourth-and-nine with :26 left on the clock to seal the win.

Early on, the Huskies appeared headed for a score on their first drive of the night with Locker hitting TE Kavario Middleton for a first down and rushing for one himself. However, on third-and-11 from the Arizona 34, Locker tossed the ball to an open Jermaine Kearse, but the ball bounced off of the sophomore wideout's hands and into the waiting arms of CB Robert Golden who returned it 14 yards, snuffing out the Husky scoring chance.

Immediately the Wildcats got to work, marching 67 yards in eight plays, ending when Nwoko ran over Husky freshman safety Nathan Fellner on his way to a 12-yard touchdown run, putting the visitors up 7-0 with 6:45 left in the first quarter.

Washington then got a bit lucky on their next drive. On first down from their own 41, the Locker swung a pass out to WR Jordan Polk who was then immediately hit by CB Devin Ross, fumbling the ball. LB Xavier Kelley recovered on the Husky 38, but after head coach Steve Sarkisian challenged the ruling on the field, replay officials said it wasn't a completed pass, giving Washington the back on their own 41. Two plays later Locker, scrambling to buy time, found and open seam and raced and took it 56 yards for a touchdown.

K Alex Zendejas hit an 18-yard field goal on the first play of the second half and three possessions later, Washington got their first lead of the game, going on an eight-play, 75-yard drive, ending when Locker hit Aguilar for the first of their two scoring passes, this one coming from five yards out, putting Washington up 14-10.

The Wildcats appeared headed for the go-ahead score late in the first half, but the Husky defense held tough, stuffing Arizona on four-straight plays inside the 10, ending the first half with their four-point lead.

The second half saw Arizona take advantage of several Husky errors that dictated what happened the rest of the way. After taking the opening kickoff back to the Husky 47, Foles then drove the Wildcats to the nine, where he hit WR David Roberts for the touchdown.

On ensuing drive, the Huskies went three-and-out and P Will Mahan bobbled the snap, setting up Arizona with outstanding field position on the Husky nine yard line, but the defense was able to hold strong and Zendejas was brought on to hit his second field goal of the night, a 22-yarder putting the Wildcats up 20-14.

Washington then came on and went three-and-out again and, after handling an errant snap, Mahan was only able to net a 27 yard punt from his own endzone and Arizona was then able to punch it in when Foles ran it in on a quarterback keeper for a one-yard touchdown.

The Huskies did show some life though, getting a big return on the following kickoff from Chris Polk and a personal foul was called, tacking on another 15 yards, giving Washington excellent field position and they were able to drive it 39 yards in three plays, as Locker found Aguilar open for their second hookup of the evening, a 29-yarder, drawing closer to the Wildcats.

Zendejas then notched two more field goals, these coming from 29 and 24 yards out and Washington was able to march 59 yards in six plays, with Locker hitting Middleton for a 25 touchdown pass, setting up the final two Arizona series.

Foles finished the night completing 39 of 53 for 384 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions and Roberts was the big receiver on the night, hauling in 12 receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown.RB Greg Nwoko was the top-gainer on the ground with 54 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Locker had a pedestrian night for him through air, completing just 12 of 23 attempts for 140 yards, but he had three touchdown passes to only one interception.

During the game guard Greg Christine suffered a broken fibula in his right leg and LB E.J. Savannah and DT Cameron Elisara both sustained stingers while RB Chris Polk injured his shoulder but returned to the game a few plays later.

Washington, now 3-3 (2-1), will prepare this week to head down to Arizona to take on Arizona State(3-3, 1-1), who edged Washington State in Pullman, 27-14.


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