Huskies Go For It!
Chris Polk scores to beat Cal (AP Photo)
Chris Polk scores to beat Cal (AP Photo)
Dawgman.com
Posted Nov 27, 2010


It wasn't pretty, but in one of the gutsiest wins in the recent history of the Husky football program, RB Chris Polk gets the game-winning touchdown as time expires and Washington kept their bowl hopes alive with a 16-13 win over Cal at Memorial Stadium in rainy Berkeley...

Husky QB Jake Locker, continuing to struggle with a a rib injury, finished the day with decent numbers, going 17 of 217 for 237 yards, including an improbable 80-yard touchdown pass to WR D'Andre Goodwin and an interception, but it was his 46-yard rainbow to WR Jermaine Kearse that set up Polk's heroics.

Down 13-10 with 4:39 remaining in the game, Locker hooked up with Kearse on a broke play setting up the Huskies with a first down at the Cal 20.

Washington then drove to the Cal one, but was unable to punch it in on two quarterback sneaks.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian then called timeout and decided to pass on a game-tying field goal in order to win the game with :02 left on the clock.

Polk took the fourth-down carry over the right side and was mobbed by his teammates as time expired.

Washington's defense was solid for their second-straight game, allowing Cal just 283 yards of total offense -- 191 rushing, 92 passing -- and picked off QB Brock Mansion once.

Cal RB Shane Vereen and WR Keenan Allen were the Golden Bears' top offensive threats rushing for a combined 166 yards on 30 attempts, but Cal was only able to manage two field goals offensively, netting their only touchdown when DE Cameron Jordan picked up a Locker fumble and raced 21-yards for the score.

Jordan's big play followed Goodwin's huge 80-yard touchdown, a play in which the fifth-year senior was practically playing defensive back, knocking the ball away from CB Marc Anthony only to have the football bounce back into his own hands and then outrace the rest of the Cal secondary for for the touchdown.

The opening half was a scoreless affair with neither offense looking particularly good, but Cal did manage to get a career-long, 53-yard field goal from K Giorgio Tavecchio as the half ended.

Husky K Erik Folk added a 37-yarder at the end of the third quarter and Tavecchio hit a 47 yard field goal to end Cal's scoring with 10:53 remaining in the game.

Polk finished the day going for 86 yards on 18 carries while Goodwin was the top receiver on the day, hauling in five receptions for 126 yards and the one touchdown and Kearse added six catches for 77 yards.

CB Quinton Richardson had a solid game posting five tackles and an interception while LB Cort Dennison notched 10 tackles and LB Mason Foster added 10 as well. DT Alameda Ta'amu was solid up front for the Huskies, posting five tackles including two tackles-for-loss while DE Everrette Thompson added six tackles and DT Semisi Tokolahi posted the first sack of his career in the first quarter.

Washington, now 5-6, will now turn it's focus to the Apple Cup next Saturday as they travel to Pullman to face an improved Washington State squad.



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