Jake Locker, DAndre Goodwin, Chris Polk

Washington outlasts Nebraska, wins first bowl in nine years


Jake Locker, who would play his final game as a Husky against a Nebraska team who punished his own 56-21 over 3 months ago, said it well:

“It’s a great opportunity to prove that you weren’t your best that first time.”

In all honesty, Washington, and Locker for that matter, still weren’t at their best this time around when the Huskies beat Nebraska 19-7 in the Holiday Bowl, but they were good enough to win.

For a team who had been the laughing stock of the Pac-10/BCS’ “Big Six”, that’s all that mattered.

When it came down to it, Washington didn’t beat themselves. The Huskies’ offense committed zero turnovers and had only 3 penalties for 30 yards. Compare that to Nebraska’s 2 turnovers and 12 penalties for over 100 yards.

Locker still showed signs of struggle from his 4-of-20, 71-yard performance against Nebraska back in September; he went 5-of-16 for 51 yards earlier tonight.

But with running back Chris Polk rumbling for 177 yards and a score, that hardly made a difference.

Washington just looked and played like they were excited to be there. Nebraska? Not as much.

And, really, who could blame them? The Huskers had a chance to nab a BCS bid/stick it to Dan Beebe and the entire state of Texas as they departed for the Big Ten. Instead, they g0t matched up with a team they utterly destroyed earlier in the season.

Still, I don’t even think Nebraska imagined ending the season like that.

But you have to feel good for Locker, who spurned the chance at NFL money and returned to school for his senior year despite never having had a winning season while at Washington. Not only did Locker get that winning season, but he helped the Huskies secure their first bowl win in nearly a decade.

Locker and Washington may not have played their best, but they played their hardest, and it worked out for them this time around.

Dalvin Cook remains day-to-day for FSU vs. Miami

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One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.

During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest.  The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.

We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.

“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.

Ryan Simmons, one of Okla. St.’s ‘unquestioned leaders,’ out for rest of 2015

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Ryan Simmons #52 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys brings down Jaxon Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns during a game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Oklahoma State won the game 38-13.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.

On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.

Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.

Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.

On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”