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.