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Washington outlasts Nebraska, wins first bowl in nine years

Jake Locker, DAndre Goodwin, Chris Polk

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.

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15 Responses to “Washington outlasts Nebraska, wins first bowl in nine years”
  1. DC Dawg says: Dec 31, 2010 3:02 AM

    I am so proud of my Huskies tonight! Whereas our defense played like pussycats the first time around, you boys dominated tonight. I’m sorry to use this message board as a soapbox, but after such an up-and-down season, I hope everyone can appreciate an alum and fan proud to see his team dominate with a hard-earned retribution-themed win. GO HUSKIES!!!

  2. mkovarik says: Dec 31, 2010 3:05 AM

    Locker may have not had a great game statistically but he played virtually mistake free football. He threw the ball away when he needed to and ran when necessary. Most important of all is that he had no turnovers!

  3. huskersrock1 says: Dec 31, 2010 3:10 AM

    The Huskers overlooked the Huskies and the Huskies outplayed the Huskers. Congrats Washington, see you next fall.

  4. soflatrojan says: Dec 31, 2010 5:52 AM

    DC Dawg,

    That was a great win for Washington and Sark congrats.

  5. ukeone says: Dec 31, 2010 8:18 AM

    It’s time to say goodbye to good ol’ Shawn Watson. His playcalling was absolutely awful. Can’t see another season, especially going into the Big 10, where this team starts another series of “wht do I do next” offensive-hysteria moves, especially with the schedule the Huskers have to contend with. Talk about panic attack! Nebraska has a great group of talented players & this should not have happened. Overconfidence? Yes, definitely….fed by some very bad coaching & inadequate preparation. Can’t blame the players in this one. I just hope this doesn’t effect our recruits’ decisons in coming to Nebraska because this performance rivaled most Nebraska high schools efforts. Hope the Huskers & Coach Bo get this BIG problem fixed before next fall’s campaign gets under way…..chalk this one up for a ‘learning experience…’ I guess. Actually, I can’t really comprehend this one… Congratulations Huskies: You were the better team this time!

  6. gorilladunk says: Dec 31, 2010 9:52 AM

    My god, what happened to Nebraska? They trotted out an offense in the Big 12 Title game and the Holiday Bowl that wouldn’t have won the class 5A high school championship in Texas. Bo needs to find out why his team went from world beaters in Sept to just run of the mill in Dec. I’m an OU guy and that was painful for ME to watch. I can only imagine how the Husker faithful feel.

  7. chachooga says: Dec 31, 2010 9:57 AM

    Hey Ben the ACC hater guy…..big 12ish is 1-4….just waiting for some post with an 8 year old picture of their bowl game with no one in the stands.

    ranked Mizzou loses to half squad Iowa
    Baylor gets smoked.
    Kstate loses to Big East Cuse
    #17 Nebraska gets whopped by unranked Pac 10.

    But OSU did beat Arizona!!!

    Enough of the ACC hate dude, write a blog about this mess!!!

    Hope I ain’t blabbin too soon, UM & FSU go today so things could get ugly….but still dude that is some ugly Big 12ish stuff.

  8. daveneubert says: Dec 31, 2010 10:13 AM

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

    Sorry, Kercheval, not as long as Washington State is still in the Pac-10.

  9. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 31, 2010 10:22 AM

    Daveneubert: touche, my friend, touche.

  10. tfguy says: Dec 31, 2010 10:52 AM

    What game were you watching? Nebraska got butt-whupped by a team they didn’t respect. Typical east coast bias. U-dub is on their way back!

  11. polegojim says: Dec 31, 2010 10:53 AM

    Watson doesn’t have a clue.

    I’ve watched a couple Nebraska games late in the year, and they’ve looked horrible, no horrendous on offense.

    .22 to the back of the head.

  12. ahgeez says: Dec 31, 2010 12:35 PM

    @chachooga

    Really its more like 1-3 for big 12.. We don’t take responsibility for a team that’s leaving next year.(Nebraska) Were just glad their gone.

  13. polegojim says: Dec 31, 2010 12:59 PM

    @ahgeez – Ya, right.

    Nebraska was such a blemish on the Big 12 League of =Unextrodinary Ladies…. truth is they had to bail on a conference who fielded teams possessing one ball or less. Or whose sack dropped off at the first sign of real pressure.

    The B12 has caved with their departure to a true football conference where men are men and football isn’t a wine and cheese event.

    Enjoy a Pinot at the next picnic – called the Red River Classic.

  14. chachooga says: Dec 31, 2010 1:38 PM

    @polegojim

    Yes those Huskers are headin to that kick booty tough guy conference….the Legends & Leaders….tough tough tough….aren’t we all glad that Mich vs. OhioSt did not happen a few years back….can you imagine if it had, being USC whopped Mich and UF embarassed Ohio St in the NCG.

  15. burntorangehorn says: Jan 1, 2011 2:37 PM

    This is why I was completely confused when people kept mentioning Shawn Watson as a great OC and top head-coaching candidate.

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