UW’s Best of the Best
This past weekend the Washington Huskies defeated the Arizona Wildcats 42-31 in a wild game which featured one of the greatest individual games in Husky history.
Due to my age (26) and the fact football has changed over the years to be fair I’ll rank the top five Husky individual performances in the last 20 years.
So please don’t get on me about Warren Moon, Sonny Sixkiller or Hugh McElhenny as they aren’t in this 20 year window.
So will Chris Polk make this top five list?
We’ll find out.
5. Jake Locker/Jermaine Kearse vs Oregon State 2010. Huskies win 35-34 2ot
This was a wild game which proved pivotal for the Washington football team to make a bowl game. The Huskies had a 21-0 lead and held on to win in double overtime 35-34.
Locker-Kearse became the first passing combination to hook up for four touchdown passes including the game tying score in the first overtime and the game winning score in the second overtime. Kearse finished with nine receptions for 146 yards with four touchdowns.
While his quarterback Jake Locker was 21-35 (60.0%) for 286 yards with five touchdown passes to just one interception while rushing for 60 yards.
4. Reggie Williams at Oregon 2002. Huskies win in Autzen 42-14
The Huskies were heading into Eugene with a 5-5 record hoping to avoid their first losing season since 1976. The Huskies then fell behind against the Oregon Ducks 14-0. That is when Reggie Williams took over catching 14 passes for 198 yards with three touchdowns including the last two scores of the game.
In fact his last touchdown provided a famous call by Husky play by play broadcaster Bob Rondeau.
“REGGIE HOW GREAT ARE YOU?!” after Williams busted back to back slants for touchdowns that went 47 yards then the final one which had Rondeau screaming was 41 yards.
3. Chris Polk vs Arizona 2011. Huskies win 42-31
The Huskies fell behind 10-0 then rode Chris Polk to victory. Polk carried the ball 34 times for 144 yards with four touchdowns on the ground. He also caught four passes for 100 yards with another touchdown giving him five total for the game.
During the game Polk became the first Husky EVER to have 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game.
Polk during the game also passed Napoleon Kaufman for most 100 yard rushing games with 18 in his career. He also equaled Kaufman for most 1,000 yard seasons with three in a row.
The Huskies needed each and every one of Polk’s touchdowns as he scored the teams last five touchdowns in the game including three separate touchdowns which gave the Huskies the lead.
2. Corey Dillon vs San Jose State 1996. Huskies win 53-10
Corey Dillon on senior night in the freezing rain destroyed the poor San Jose State Spartans. Dillon carried the ball 16 times while rushing for 222 yards (13.9 YPC) with three rushing touchdowns.
He also caught a screen pass and went 83 yards for a touchdown giving him 305 yards of total offense with four touchdowns.
That is a pretty game you’d agree right? Except that wasn’t in a game that was just the first quarter as Dillon sat out the final three quarters.
Now had Dillon kept that pace and played the whole game he would have rushed for 888 yards, 12 touchdowns with 332 yards receiving and four receiving touchdowns. Dillon set an NCAA record that still stands today for most total yards and rushing yards in a single quarter.
I also happened to be at that game although I didn’t realize it then I’m glad I was a part of history.
1. Marques Tuiasosopo vs Stanford 1999. Huskies win 35-30
This was an historic game by Tuiasosopo as he became the first and to date only quarterback to ever throw for 300 yards and rush for 200 yards in the same game.
This was a big game in late October as first place in the Pac-10 was on the line and the Huskies found themselves down early 23-12 but Tuiasosopo who pulled a hip muscle was limping out there.
Many wondered if he would even continue in the game.
Tuiasosopo’s performance against Tyrone Willingham (Cardinal coach at the time) had Keith Jackson nickname him the “warrior”.
Tuiasosopo finished 19-32 passing for 302 yards with two interceptions. He has ran 22 times for 207 yards with two rushing yards.
Add it all up he had 509 yards of total offense leading the Huskies to a comeback victory.
These are the top five individual games by a Husky in the past 20 years.
Napoleon Kaufman I’m aware probably got screwed because he had so many great games that not one game stands out.
I just think those four games and now Polk’s game will be something that fans at Montlake will be talking about for years to come.