Washington and Nebraska played deep into the night on Thursday in San Diego. When it was over, the Huskies and Jake Locker had prevailed, 19-7. Our friends at Image of Sport were at Qualcomm Stadium and you can view the full galary by clicking here.
Steve Sarkisian took a dispirited team that had lost 14 in a row under Tyrone Willingham and carved out a 5-7 season in his first go-around in Seattle. The Huskies were within a play or two of another victory, which would have ended a bowl skid that dates to 2002, but chances are good that the team will be enjoying this postseason in a sunny locale. Jake Locker is arguably college football's premier quarterback and Chris Polk will try to build on his 1,113 rushing yards in his freshman season. The Huskies' first four games: at Brigham Young, Syracuse, Nebraska and at USC.
As a run-up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one poster each day until our supply is exhausted. Last year, the site displayed 69 posters.
Then we turn it over to readers, who will vote on the poster of the year. In the meantime, send your team's poster schedule to jayzuma (at) gmail.com.
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Mike Hlas is an award-winning columnist with the Cedar Rapids Gazette and force behind The Hlog. Each week, he will break down the worst matchup in college football. Considering the increasing number of uncompetitive and uninteresting games, Mike's task is harder than finding calm, sane shoppers on Black Friday.
No team got singled out more than once in the Game of the Weak this season. We spread it from conference to conference, region to region. We're equal-opportunity needlers.
So it is that we wind up 2009 in Seattle, after enjoying some delicious Thanksgiving salmon. Washington State at Washington. The Apple Cup, once a game of national prominence.
It's the same season-closing Game of the Weak as last year's.
This one is slightly less brutal. Last year's was a Game of the Weak of the Decade.
In 2008, the Huskies and Cougars entered their game at Pullman without a win against a I-A team between them. Wazzu scored a 16-13 double-overtime triumph. Someone had to win.
The Cougars went to Hawaii the next week to appropriately close their year with a defeat against the Rainbows as the sun set on a 2-10 season.
Washington, meanwhile, put the rotten icing on its miserable cake by finishing with a 48-7 beatdown of a beating from California for an 0-12 season.
The Huskies fired coach Tyrone Willingham and brought in USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. It appears to have been a good move.
Arizona was seemingly on its way to victory Saturday night, leading Washington, 33-21, with three minutes to play. The Huskies scored to cut it to 33-28, then kicked off to set up this unthinkable play.
Wildcat quarterback Nick Foles' pass bounces off the foot of receiver Delashaun Dean and into the hands of the Huskies' Mason Foster, who returns it 37 yards for a touchdown. Washington added a two-point conversion and held off one last charge by Arizona to win, 36-33.
They're calling it the greatest comeback since the 1975 Apple Cup, when the Huskies rallied from a 27-14 deficit in the final 3:01 to defeat Washington State, 28-27.
Totally unnecessary late hit by Arizona's Vuna Tuihalamaka, who flattens Washington's James Johnson during the fourth quarter of Saturday night's game in Seattle. The Wildcats led at this point, but eventually paid the price, with the Huskies rallying for a 36-33 victory.