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Jake Ends Preseason On High Note

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Often times young quarterbacks in the NFL must take advantage of the extended playing time the final Preseason Game typically brings. Not only did Jake get significant time Thursday night, he made sure his performance wouldn’t disappoint, either.

Jake led the Titans to an impressive 32-9 victory over the Saints in New Orleans, connecting on 15 of 17 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. He also led the team in rushing with 39 yards on 3 carries, including a 22 yard scramble for a touchdown that helped catpult the Titans to a 22-0 halftime lead.

“It was great to get a lot of work,” Jake said. “I thought we played well as a unit. The more snaps I get as a rookie, the better. I can’t wait for the regular season to start so it counts for real.”

For the Preseason, Jake ended with 32 of 49 passing for 316 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 64 yards and a touchdown on 8 carries.

Jake Enjoys Successful First NFL Game; Titans Win 14-3

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It may have not been how they designed it, but Jake’s first touchdown in the first game of his NFL career went from bad to good in the blink of an eye. After a bumbled snap from center Jake quickly recovered, rolled to his right and hit wideout Yamon Figurs with a 45-yard dart for a touchdown to break open a 7-0 lead.

After the game, Jake felt good about his first pro t.d.

“I wish that’s how we drew it up, but yeah I wasn’t ready for that snap count. Luckily we got a fortunate bounce and it went our way,” Jake said. “At first, I just wanted to get the ball back. Once I picked it up, I felt that we had really good protection and I kind of got outside the pocket a little bit. I was looking to either run or throw it away and I saw Yamon (Figurs) waving his arms back there by himself.”

It was the first of two scoring drives that Jake led in the evening, propelling the Titans to a 14-3 win over the visiting Minnesota Vikings. For the night Jake was 7-10 for 89 yards and the touchdown. He played in 5 series, leading the team to two touchdowns and a long drive that ended in a missed field goal. Overall, a solid showing for the first year player and Titans first year coach Mike Munchak agreed.

“The one he threw (on) the touchdown, I think he actually fumbled the snap, but goes and makes the play. That’s what we saw in him. That’s the kind of things he can do.”

Jake and the Titans will face the Rams next weekend in their second preseason game. The game will be a 7:00 kick-off CDT.

Here is a link of Jake’s post-game interview.

Washington Shocks ‘Huskers, 19-7, Captures Holiday Bowl Crown

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The Huskies were happy to be in the Holiday Bowl, and they showed it.

Behind a powerful ground attack led by Jake & Chris Polk–along with a history-making performance by the defense–the Huskies manhandled the Nebraska Cornhuskers 19-7 en route to their first bowl victory since the 2001 Rose Bowl.

Polk ran for 177 yards on 34 carries and Jake added 83 yards rushing to cap a 268 yard team rushing performance against a shell-shocked Husker team. The Husky defense held a strong Nebraska rushing offense to a pedestrian 91 yards rushing on 41 carries, effectively shutting down a rushing attack that had gained 383 yards vs. the Huskies just 3 months prior.

Washington started off fast as the Huskies capitalized on a Alameda Ta’amu fumble recovery on the Huskers’ first possession of the game, leading to a short Chris Polk touchdown run and an early 7-0 lead. The short drive featured a 16 yard reception by Jake on the first play from scrimmage, a play that got the Huskies to inside the 5 yard line.

Leading 10-7 at the half, the Husky offense started the second half much like the first and marched 53 yards in just 4 plays, keyed by a 26 yard Jake to D’Andre Goodwin pass followed by a 25 yard touchdown burst by Jake to take a 17-7 lead. From there, the Husky defense took the reigns and rendered the Huskers ineffective the rest of the game, racking up sacks, tackles for loss, an interception and even the team’s first safety in 7 years, a 2-point score after holding was called in the endzone.

The redemptive win caps a fantastic finish by a 7-6 Washington team that reeled off 4 straight wins, a record that will have the Huskies finish 3rd place in the Pac-10. And, while there have been countless variations of the same question to Jake–’do you regret the decision to come back for your Senior year?’–the victory will help solidify the answer that hasn’t wavered from the start.

“There were some frustrating moments, but this is the best way I could go out. I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Jake said after the game. “And to see the program off this way…I’m going to be their biggest fan from here on out.”

The story-book ending to the season and Jake’s collegiate career was a fitting end for a player and a team that has symbolized perseverance over the last 2+ years. And, it appears Jake finished the main goal he made when he started with the program 5 years ago: to get the Huskies back to their winning ways and relevance in the Pac-10.

Jake finishes his Husky tenure second only to Cody Pickett in total passing yards, attempts, completions and touchdowns. He is first in total rushing yards by a quarterback in Washington’s long history.

A complete statistical recap of the Holiday Bowl can be found here.

Bowl Week: Jake, Huskies Prepare for Holiday Bowl vs. ‘Huskers

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With only 2 days remaining until kick off between the Washington Huskies and the #18 Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Huskies had their final practice as a team in San Diego, the location for the 2011 Bridgepoint Holiday Bowl. Wednesday’s team walk through is the only preparation left for Thursday night’s game.

Husky Coach Steve Sarkisian knows the task is tall and that Nebraska is more than a formidable opponent, but he is confident his team will play better this time around.

“Well, I think the biggest thing we’d like to do is at least put our best foot forward. The press conference after that game (56-21 loss), my major disappointment was the fact we just didn’t play very well.” Sarkisian said. “I can live with the fact they played a very good football game against us, but I’d just like to think we can play better than we did. To have that opportunity again is one that I think we’re embracing.”

For the team, getting to the Holiday bowl in Jake’s final season and winning the last 3 games are signs that the Washington Football program is making strides in getting back to competing at the top of the conference. But, more importantly, the reward of a bowl game for the seniors is fitting for a group who has worked through 4-5 years of challenging times.

“I’m thankful for our senior class, and I’ve said this numerous times that for everything they’ve been through – the adversity on the field, off the field, the ups, the downs, the coaching change and four and five years of it, and to what we went through this year – I’m appreciative of the fact they came to work every day with a great mindset and set a real tone for this football program as we move forward. This is a great reward for them to be able to play in a bowl game before their career was over, and they’ll always be part of this family.”

The Huskies, 6-6, were 3rd place in the competitive Pac 10 this year with a 5-4 league record, and Nebraska was runner up in their conference. Because both Oregon and Stanford made BCS bowls, Arizona and Washington were selected for the Alamo and Holiday Bowls and rounded out the conference bowl appearances for the season. Nebraska, on the other hand, lost to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game for the right to represent the conference in a BCS game, so at 10-3 they find themselves at the Holiday Bowl for a second consecutive year.

For a full preview of the game, you can visit the breakdowns from ESPN.com  or CBSSports.com. For more of a Hukser fan take, you can visit here.

The game will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN3.com at 7:00 p.m., Thursday Night from San Diego.

Jake, Huskies Take Apple Cup; Bowl Game Awaits

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One of the main reasons Jake came back to play at UW for his senior year was to be able to enjoy a postseason bowl game with his teammates. After a 35-28 win in Pullman over the Washington State Cougars, that mission has been accomplished.

Jake hit Jermaine Kearse for a 27  yard touchdown pass on a picture perfect fade route with 44 seconds left to break a 28-28 tie, lifting the Huskies to their third consecutive victory and third place in the uber competitive Pac-10 conference. With the win Washington ends the regular season with a 6-6 record, qualifying them for their first bowl game in 8 years.

 ”It’s something I had always hoped I would enjoy before I left here and it’s awesome to be a part of,” Jake said of getting to a bowl game. “It could be in Seattle I don’t care. It’s something that will be cool to be a part of. And to be honest I don’t know what comes along with it or what it is all about but I’m looking forward to it.”

The Huskies were led by a history making performance from Chris Polk, a 29 carry, 284 yard outing that included a 57 yard touchdown jaunt and numerous lengthy runs that helped keep Washington ahead of a surging Washington State team. Polk’s biggest run may have come on 4th and 1 of the game-winning drive, a 15 yard burst that led the Huskies to the final touchdown.

Jake  finished the game with 14 of 22 passing for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns, and had 9 carries for 29 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He also had a highlight worthy, 77 yard touchdown dash called back on a holding penalty in the first half.

For the complete box score, click here.

The Huskies now await word on which bowl game they will be heading to and who they will be playing. The most likely scenarios have Washington being selected by either the Alamo Bowl or Holiday Bowl, games that will bring a top tier, Big 12 opponent.

Huskies Beat Cal On Last Play, 16-13

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With the season on the line and with the elements going against them, Washington’s offense saved their best drive of the game for the last.

Down 3 on the road and with 4:39 on the clock, Jake and the Huskies had one last chance to win or tie the game, a tall task amidst driving rain and hail. They didn’t disappoint, though, and the offense marched 78 yards in 9 plays to the California one yard line with 2 seconds left.

UW was faced with a 4th and goal and decided to go for the win rather than the tie. And, instead of running a third consecutive quarterback sneak, running back Chris Polk took the ball and plunged into the endzone, finishing off a dramatic last drive that kept UW’s bowl hopes alive going into the final game of the season.

Jake carried the offense in the final minutes, as the senior quarterback was 3 for 3 passing for 54 yards–including a clutch 46 yard catch by w.r. Jermaine Kearse–and ran 4 times for 14 yards to get the Huskies into scoring position. Jake ended the game completing 17 of 27 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown, an 80 yard toss to D’Andre Goodwin.   

“It’s exciting,” Jake said following the game. “It’s right where we want to be as a football team, and I’m so proud of these guys for fighting and competing the way they did.”
  
The last-second ending set off a jubilant celebration for the visiting Huskies and their purple-clad faithful just as the sun broke through, a somewhat fitting and symbolic occurrence considering what the win meant for the season. The win kept bowl hopes alive for the Huskies (5-6), and a victory in next week’s Apple Cup will give Washington a berth in either the Sun or Holiday Bowl, with an outside chance of the Alamo Bowl.
                                                                                                                            
For a complete summary of the game and stats, click here. Next week, Washington travels to Pullman for a game with Washington State in the annual Apple Cup. The game will kick off at 4:00 P.S.T.

Washington at California, Saturday @ 12:30 p.m.

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In a bowl elimination game, Washington travels to Berkeley to face a 5-6 Cal Bears team.

Both the Bears and the Huskies need a victory to get bowl eligible, with the Huskies needing to close out their season with 2 victories to reach the magic 6-6 mark. Cal is coming off a bitter game against their cross-town rival Stanford, a 48-14 loss that followed a close game to Oregon the week prior. The Washington game will be their third consecutive home game.

The Bears will be led by Brock Mansion at quarterback, filling in for the injured Kevin Riley. Riley was lost for the season in a game against Oregon State. The Huskies, meanwhile, will have Jake at quarterback and even though he won’t still be 100%, his ribs are getting better each week.

“I think there’s still some things lingering” Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian said. “But he feels much better than he has.”

The game will be at 12:30 p.m., and will be televised live on FSN-NW.

For a full game preview, click here. Next week, the Huskies close out their regular season with the Apple Cup in Pullman vs. the Washington State Cougars.

Jake Victorious in Husky Stadium Curtain Call

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Jake wanted to play with his teammates in his final game at Husky Stadium, no matter what his personal health was. His teammates made sure that he left a winner.

Behind 245 rushing yards by the terrific tandem of Chris Polk and Jesse Callier, the Husky offense got on track in the second half and took advantage of a suffocating and inspired defense to pull away from UCLA 24-7 in a rare Thursday night national ESPN telecast.

The Huskies, sporting their new all black uniforms, played a physical game on defense and made sure the offensive game plan protected their senior quarterback’s broken rib. Coach Steve Sarkisian was proud at how Jake fought through the injury to be on the field. 

“There is something unique about his game tonight, being that he went out there knowing he was injured and still played” Coach Sarkisian said. “He wanted to just play with his team and the play tonight was really evident of that. Jake was a part of our team and it’s pretty neat for him to come out of here with a win and feel great about it and knowing he can go play again next week at Cal.”

Jake only ran 4 times due to his physical limitations, yet leaped into the endzone for a 3 yard touchdown in the second quarter to tie the game at 7. Washington ran off 17 unanswered points in the second half to complete the scoring.

You can find a complete recap of the game here. The Huskies are at Cal next Saturday.

UCLA at Washington, Thursday @ 5 p.m.

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After a bye week, the Huskies (3-6) host the UCLA Bruins (4-5) in an unprecedented nationally televised Thursday night game at Husky Stadium.

It will be a game of firsts and lasts, as it will mark the first time the Huskies have hosted a Thursday night game at Husky stadium and the first time they have donned all black uniforms, while it will be the last time Jake and 16 of his teammates walk out the tunnel of Husky Stadium in their collegiate careers.

The game, UCLA’s second Thursday night game in the last month, will also feature a potent Bruin’s running attack that is led by former backup quarterback Richard Brehaut, pushed into action earlier this year with the season ending injury to starter Kevin Prince. Brehaut led UCLA to a last second win over Oregon State two weeks ago.

The Huskies will be honoring 17 graduating seniors before the game, including Jake’s fellow offensive players Cody Habben (OL), Ryan Tolar (OL), and D’Andre Goodwin (WR). Mason Foster (LB), Cameron Elisara (DE), Nate Williams (DB), and Victor Aiyewa (LB) are some of the defensive players playing their last game at Husky Stadium as well.

The game will kickoff at 5:00 p.m., which could snarl traffic and make getting to the game difficult. The Seattle Times has a comprehensive summary of the transportation scenario. For a full game preview, click here for a LA twist, or here for the hometown story.

Next week, the Huskies travel to Cal to face the Bears. It is a 12:30 kick off and will be televised live locally on FSN.

Huskies Lose Stanford Game, Jake vs. Oregon

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The Huskies had a disappointing game on Saturday, and the bad news continued on Monday as Husky Coach Steve Sarkisian announced Jake would not play vs. #1 Oregon because of a broken rib.

Stanford beat Washington convincingly, 41-0, after the Huskies couldn’t get on track in any facet of the game. And, as the Huskies moved on and hoped to focus on the upcoming big game with the top ranked Ducks, they were dealt another challenge: the injury of their senior quarterback.

As Jake was deemed healthy to play in the Stanford game, Coach Sarkisian admitted on Monday that he wasn’t at full strength vs. the Cardinal, and that the injury got worse during the game.

“It went from a cartilage injury to a hairline fracture to now a crack in the rib,” Sarkisian said. “This has escalated into an injury more than just pain, so we are dealing with it as such…..He took a couple good shots that kind of escalated this thing to a whole ‘nother level for us. It’s unfortunate. I know Jake wants to be out there in the worst way but this is the right thing to do.”

After consecutive losses to 2 of the top 3 teams in the Pac-1o, the Huskies are hoping they can salvage their season and win 3 of the next 4 to get to .500 and bowl eligibility. That task is daunting with a visit to Eugene looming, especially with a redshirt freshman Keith Price’s first start at quarterback, but Jake and the team has confidence in Price’s abilities.

“He’s a really talented football player: Jake said. “He’s got a really good feel for the game of football. That’s natural, something you can’t really teach. And he plays with a confidence in himself, and that’s something I think you saw early in the season when he came in the game against USC in a tight situation and threw a touchdown on his first play from scrimmage. So I think there’s a confidence and a natural ability that he has that’s pretty special.”

Jake’s status for the rest of the season is to be determined, based on how his ribs heal over the next week and a half. The Huskies have a bye week after the Oregon game, followed by a nationally televised Thursday night game at home vs. UCLA, a game that was planned for that exposure/date and time in part because of it being Jake’s last home game.

The game at Oregon will be Saturday at 12:30 on ABC.