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Pres from REV leaves Cats caterwauling

Husky Stadium, Seattle. Behind Chris Polk's 5 touchdowns and 244 total yards, the Washington Huskies subdued the Arizona Wildcats, 42-31, on a homecoming/blackout night in front of 59,825 fans.

Polk, out of the Inland Empire (Redlands East Valley), set a school record of 18 career 100-yard rushing games, surpassing Napoleon Kaufman's 17 games. It's the third consecutive season he's rushed for more than 1,000 yards, posting 1,016 yards with 4 games left in the season. He became the first Husky to gain 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game.

The Pres from REV, with an IE tattooed on his right arm, was chief cook and bottle washer for most of the night and cleaned up the joint after the crowd, mostly dressed in black, left the stadium. President James Polk gave the nation most of its southwest, including Arizona. Chris Polk (the Pres, as we call him) almost defeated Arizona single handedly.

He rushed for 144 yards on 34 attempts and caught 4 passes for 100 yards.

"I don't know if any other player in our program now for the last two and half years has had more of an impact ... (on our) program," coach Steve Sarkisian was quoted as saying.

With its sixth win of the season, Washington (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) has become bowl eligible for a second straight season, and Sark is now 18-15 since taking over a team that had gone 0-12 in 2008.

Although the Washington defense gave up 388 yards through the air, defensive coordinator Nick Holt's much maligned unit held Arizona to 36 yards rushing, intercepted 3 passes, recovered 1 fumble and sacked Arizona quarterback Nick Foles twice. (See Table 1 below for a significant defensive stat and its correlation with the Huskies' six victories and two losses this season.)

It was a seesaw game for most of the night, with Arizona jumping off to a 10-0 lead. What had been a feckless Washington offense in the first quarter caught fire in the second quarter, to take a 14-13 lead into the half.

It looked like the Dawgs were going to put the game on ice in the third quarter, but the Wildcats threw some hot water on their plans.

With the Huskies holding a 21-13 lead and in possession of the ball on the Cats' 25 (with a first-and-10), the game took a gut-wrenching turn to the south for the Dawgs when QB Keith Price threw a pass to James Johnson -- whoops, who bobbled the ball. SS Robert Golden snatched the ball out of the air and following his blocking, ran -- seemingly helter-skelter -- from one side of the field to the other, finally crossing the goal line totally exhausted to score on a 91-yard pick six. A two-point conversion knotted the game at 21-all, with 10:40 to go in the third quarter.

Going into the fourth quarter, the game tied at 28-all, kicker John Bonano's 24-yard field goal gave Arizona a 31-28 lead at the 14:10 mark.

Polk posted the final two scores of the blackout night on touchdown runs from 5 and 2 yards out, and the caterwauling began.

Table 1. In its six victories, Washington has held its six opponents to an average of 51.5 yards per game on the ground, which would rank second in the FBS if those six games were all of the games Washington had played. In its two losses, UW has allowed 377.5 yards per game. In its eight games, UW ranks 47th in the FBS in rushing defense (4th in the Pac-12), yielding 133 yards per game.

School

W/L

Rush

UW Rush

Eastern Washington

W

31 yards

148 yards

Hawaii

W

55

151

Nebraska

 L

309

146

California

W

108

117

Utah

W

17

185

Colorado

W

62

295

Stanford

L

446

172

Arizona

W

36

179

Table 2. Keith Price's cumulative passing efficiency.

Team C A Y T I PE C A Y T I PE
EWU 17 25 102 3 0 149.87 17 25 102 3 0 149.87
Hawai'i 18 25 315 4 1 222.64 35 50 417 7 1 182.26
Nebraska 21 37 274 4 2 143.83 56 87 691 11 3 165.91
California 19 25 292 3 0 213.71 75 112 983 14 3 176.58
Utah 22 30 226 3 1 162.95 97 142 1209 17 4 173.70
Colorado 21 28 257 4 0 199.24 118 170 1466 21 4 177.91
Stanford 23 36 247 1 1 125.13 141 206 1713 22 5 168.69
Arizona 16 30 277 1 3 121.89 157 236 1990 23 8 162.74

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Arizona 10 3 15 3 31
Washington 0 14 14 14 42


Time Team How Player (s) Ariz UW
1st qtr          
10:58 Ariz FG John Bonano 36 yd FG 3 0
6:29 Ariz TD Juron Criner 24 yd pass from Nick Foles (John Bonano kick) 10 0
2nd qtr          
12:51 UW TD Jermaine Kearse 6 yd run (Erik Folk kick) 10 7
9:43 Ariz FG John Bonano 47 yd FG 13 7
6:16 UW TD Chris Polk 1 yd run (Erik Folk kick) 13 14
3rd qtr
13:11 UW TD Chris Polk 17 yd pass from Keith Price (Erik Folk kick) 13 21
10:40 Ariz TD Robert Golden 91 yd interception return (David Douglas 2pt pass from Nick Foles) 21 21
5:34 UW TD Chris Polk 1 yd run (Erik Folk kick) 21 28
3:41 Ariz TD Juron Criner 9 yd pass from Nick Foles (John Bonano kick) 28 28
4th qtr          
14:10 Ariz FG John Bonano 24 yd FG 31 28
8:21 UW TD Chris Polk 5 yd run (Erik Folk kick) 31 35
3:59 UW TD Chris Polk 2 yd run (Erik Folk kick) 31 42

 

Statistics Ariz UW
Total First Downs 25 24
  Rushing 4 9
  Passing 19 12
  Penalty 2 3
Total Net Yards 424 489
Net Yards Passing 388 310
Net Yards Rushing 36 179
Completions-att-int 32-50-3 17-31-3
Punts, yards, average 4-149; 37.2 4-164; 41.5
Sacks by (number, yards) 2-13 2-19
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 7-171-0 6-177-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 2--2-0 0-0-0
Kickoff Yards 7-443 7-456
Net Yards per kickoff 35.1 40.7
Average yards per kickoff 63.3 65.1
Touchbacks (kickoffs) 1 0
Third-down conversions 3 of 11 7 of 15
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 3-91-1 3-14-0
Penalties, no., Yards 6-56 8-73
Fumbles; number/lost 2-1 0-0
Time of Possession  27:43 32:17

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Nick Foles; 130.38 32 50 388 2 3
           
Washington          
Keith Price; 121.89 16 30 277 1 3
Devin Aguilar; 377.2 1 1 33 0 0
           
Cats Rushing No. yds tds long  
Keola Antolin 9 27 0 9  
KaDeem Carey 4 14 0 6  
Daniel Jenkins 1 4 0 4  
Taimi Tutogi 2 3 0 4  
Nick Foles 3 -12 0 7  
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Chris Polk 34 144 4 19  
Jessie Callier 2 12 0 8  
Team 1 -1 0 0  
Keith Price 4 9 0 11  
Bishop Sankey 1 9 0 9  
Jermaine Kearse 1 6 0 6  
           
           
Cats Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
Juron Criner 11 118 2 24  
Gino Crump 6 55 0 13  
David Roberts 4 57 0 20  
David Douglas 4 48 0 20  
KaDeem Carey 2 63 0 41  
Dan Buckner 2 27 0 16  
Keola Antolin 2 8 0 6  
Austin Hill 1 12 0 12  
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
James Johnson 1 16 0 16  
Kevin Smith 2 34 0 26  
Kasen Williams 2 60 0 48  
Chris Polk 4 100 1 43  
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 1 14 0 14  
Jermaine Kearse 4 59 0 24  
Devin Aguilar 2 26 0 21  
DiAndre Campbell 1 1 0 1  
           
Punting        
Arizona No. yds avg long IN20
Kyle Dugandzic 4 149 37.2 46 2
           
Washington          
   
Will Mahan 2 84 42.0 44 0
Kiel Rasp 2 80 40.0 51 0
Attendance: 59,825            

Richard Linde, aka Malamute can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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