Nov. 19, 2007
SEATTLE - After each game, Coach Tyrone Willingham and the Husky football coaching staff will name the Huskies' Pepsi Players of the Game for that week's performance. The winners following the UW's 37-23 win over California are tailback Louis Rankin, safety Darin Harris, linebacker Mason Foster, placekicker Ryan Perkins, tailback Brandon Yakaboski, linebacker T.J. Poe and cornerback Desmond Davis.
Rankin, a senior from Stockton Calif., posted his second 200-yard game in three weeks, rushing for 224 yards on 21 carries. In the process, he became the first Husky back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 1997, finishing the game with 1,077 yards. Nov. 3 at Stanford, he rushed for 255 yards, making him only the third player in UW history to rush for 200 yards in a game more than once.
Harris, a senior from Federal Way, led the Huskies with 11 total tackles (seven solos, four assists). He also had one tackle for a loss as the UW defense held the Bears to just three points in the second half.
Foster, a freshman from Seaside, Calif., compiled five total tackles -- four solos and one assist. All four of the solo tackles came on special teams plays. He shared the special teams honor with kicker Ryan Perkins, a junior from Olympia, who made all three of his field goal attempts, including a career-long 45-yarder.
Yakaboski, a freshman from Fall City, Wash., Poe, a junior from Enumclaw, Wash., and Davis, a senior from Olympia, Wash., were honored for their work on the Huskies' offensive, defensive and special teams service teams, respectively.