Dawgs Get More Than Revenge in Holiday Bowl

The Washington Huskies didn’t have a turnover.

Didn’t give up a sack.

Only had three penalties for 30 yards.

Held Nebraska to 91 rushing yards, despite missing three defensive linemen.

Rushed for 268 yards (177 on 34 carries by Chris Polk, 83 on 13 carries by Jake Locker).

That’s how the Washington Huskies upset No. 18 Nebraska 19-7 on Thursday at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.

That’s the same Nebraska squad that humbled the Dawgs 56-21 in Seattle on Sept. 18. Nebraska finished with 533 total yards that day, 368 of it on the ground.

Nobody saw this one coming. Washington, playing in its first bowl game since 2002, beat Nebraska at its own game. The Huskies won the battle in the trenches; they played with more passion and hit harder. Washington outplayed Nebraska in every aspect of the game.

Locker caught a pass, but didn’t complete one in the first half and Washington led 10-7. He was just 5 of 16 for 56 yards overall, but he threw about five passes away and did a masterful job of managing the game.

Finishing the season with a four-game winning streak, capped by this inspired performance, brought back memories of what it used to be like at Washington when it routinely competed for the Rose Bowl and Pac-10 titles.

This win should be enough to convince even the cynical among us that the Huskies have taken their biggest step yet toward returning to that level.

Washington earned more than revenge on this night; it earned back some national respect and just made itself a lot more attractive to potential recruits.

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