Dec. 27, 2010
SEATTLE - The year 2010 was a great one for Husky athletics. Many teams and individuals won conference championships, advanced far in their respected postseasons and earned all-conference, all-region and All-American athletic and academic honors.
In honor of the great success from the past year, Gohuskies.com looks back on the top 10 stories from the calendar year in chronological order.
In arguably the biggest victory of the season, the Husky football team showed USC that the 2009 matchup was no fluke. For the second year in a year, the USC Trojans came into the games as favorites, but in both cases watched UW kicker Erik Folk finish them off.
After coming off a disappointing loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Huskies had some thinking to do in their two weeks off. A loss in Los Angeles would put the Huskies in a 1-3 hole, but a victory would put them back at .500 and on the right track to towards a bowl game.
Going into the game, coach Sarkisian commented on the familiarity of the team they upset in 2009 at Husky Stadium. "The biggest tangible we can take is that a lot of the guys lining up against us are the same guys who lined up against us last year. Any success our guys had against those same guys we can build on (Saturday). And on the other hand, any failures we had we can learn from."
After a touchdown run by USC's Allen Bradford to open up the scoring, the Huskies responded with 17 unanswered points. USC followed with two touchdowns in a row on their way to a 21-20 halftime lead. After the lead changed four times in the second half, USC kicker Joe Houston had a chance to put the Trojans up five with 2:34 left. However, the kick that banged off the right upright left the Huskies with a new sense of life, and only a field goal away from victory.
The drive started off shaky for the Huskies, needing an 18-yard connection from Jake Locker to Deandre Goodwin to convert on 4th and 11. Chris Polk followed with another huge play, running 26 yards on the next play to get to the USC 33-yard line. On 3rd and 5 at the USC 28, Locker ran for eight yards to put Erik Folk in a much better spot for a field goal. After two attempts by USC coach Lane Kiffin to ice him, Erik Folk nailed a 32-yard field goal to give Washington the victory for the second year in a row. Said coach Sarkisian, "I'm just so proud of the guys. They showed the character I knew they had."
Now the Huskies will play in their first bowl game since 2002 as they take on Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30 in San Diego.
Check back for tomorrow's Top 10 story about the stadium renovation.