Friday, December 14, 2012
Top 5 moments: Big plays spark upset
By Mason Kelley
Editor's note: Throughout the week, HuskyNation will look back at the top 5 moments of the 2012 season. Here is No. 1:
SEATTLE -- Washington needed a big play. Stanford’s Trent Murphy had just returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown to put the Huskies in a 10-point hole late in the third quarter.
On the ensuing drive, Washington faced a fourth-and-1 from its 39-yard line. If the Huskies were going to upset the eighth-ranked Cardinal, they were running out of time.
Running back Bishop Sankey sparked the rally. The sophomore took the fourth-down handoff, found a hole and sprinted 61 yards for a touchdown.
The run ended the third quarter with the Huskies trailing by a field goal. It was the first of three memorable second-half moments that helped produce the program’s signature win.
Receiver Kasen Williams provided the second moment. He capped a 65-yard drive with a 35-yard touchdown reception along the sideline. It was a short throw, and he broke a tackle just past the line of scrimmage after catching it.
Then he bobbled the ball but corralled it just before breaking a second tackle on his way to the end zone.
That play provided the go-ahead score. But it wasn’t quite enough to seal the victory.
The Cardinal got the ball back one last time and marched down the field. It wasn’t until senior cornerback Desmond Trufant picked off a pass and stepped out of bounds at the Huskies’ 8-yard-line that the celebration began.
It started slowly at first. Washington still had to run out the clock. But when time expired and the fans stormed the field, those three plays became three of the biggest moments of the season.
It was the Huskies’ first signature win -- the first of two victories over top 10 opponents in 2012.