Nov. 26, 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 42-35 loss to Washington State are quarterback Jake Locker, linebacker E.J. Savannah, tailback/returner Louis Rankin, linebacker Chris Stevens, wide receiver Charles Hawkins, linebacker T.J. Poe and linebacker Cort Dennison.
Locker, a sophomore from Ferndale, rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries while completing 12 of 35 passes for 235 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown. He tied the UW record for rushing TDs by a quarterback with his 11th and 12th on the season and broke the Pac-10's modern record for rushing yards by a quarterback, finishing the game with 910 yards on the season.
Savannah, a junior from Bellevue, led both teams with 11 total tackles (eight solos, three assists), including two tackles for loss. He was honored as the defensive player of the game.
Rankin, a senior from Stockton, Calif., and Stevens, a junior from Mojave, Calif., split the special teams honors. Rankin returned the game's opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, marking the first time the UW has opened the game with a kickoff return for a score since 1997. Stevens posted three total tackles (two solos, one assist).
Hawkins, a senior from Chicago; Poe, a junior from Enumclaw, Wash., and Dennison, a freshman from Salt Lake City, were honored for their work on the Huskies' offensive, defensive and special teams service teams, respectively.