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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.

Jake Will Play Thursday Night

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Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian announced on his Twitter feed last night that Jake has been cleared by the team doctors to play in Thursday night’s nationally televised game vs. UCLA.

There had been some uncertainty regarding Jake’s availability as he attempts to heal from a broken rib, an injury suffered during the Oregon State game that worsened as he played vs. Arizona and Stanford. The team doctors did not clear him to play vs. Oregon, and because of the bye week it gave Jake a couple of weeks to rest.

He has practiced as the #1 quarterback this week, although back up Keith Price got more snaps than usual in case Jake wasn’t cleared to play. Now that he is–although he won’t be 100% healthy– he will get the opportunity to lead the team in his last home game as a Washington Husky.

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.