Down by a point and with a doable field goal try, Purdue's kicker almost whiffed completely as the ball fluttered harmlessly to the turf just past the line of scrimmage and the UW Huskies won a game that can only be described as "insane." Purdue was up 14-0 before many of the patrons at Husky stadium even settled into their seats today. Purdue's tandem of Rod Riley and Eric Crooks hooked up for scoring passes of 72 yards and 33 yards, sandwiched around an interception by Washington's Greg Baker, a so-called "Heisman candidate." "God forbid we come and play good football right out of the starting blocks," said Coach Hellisan. "What the fuck is wrong with my team early in the game?!" Washington fought back and lucky plays contributed to the Huskies tying the game at 14-14. After a good drive, Baker found fullback Carl Butler in the flat. Butler and his 61 hands were the bailout read on the play and it appeared the pressure was going to come bigtime as Purdue was blitzing early and often. Butler not only caught the pass (luck) but shook off two tackles to get in (even more luck). Purdue then got the ball back, completed a drag route over the middle, and middle linebacker Ron Flynn dragged him down from behind and poked the ball loose. Lance McDougal picked up the fumble and scored (14-14). 'Purdue went right back to work.' 79-yard pass from Riley to WR Joshua Cohen on a smash route. This will be the phrase used to describe anytime Purdue tortured the young Husky secondary with an in, out, or smash route from the slot. (21-14) Slot guy Cohen lit us up to the tune of 5 catches for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a long of 85 later in the game. Washington plugged along and came up with some big third down conversions to tie the game again on a 6-yard rush by Anthony Daniel (21-21). Purdue's next drive came up short as they threw one up for grabs in the end zone and the Huskies batted it down. This came after a play in which they fumbled the ball but recovered it this time. They settled for a field goal (24-21). Greg Baker threw another interception and Purdue went right back to work... Then toppoed it off with a 1-yard run by Rodney Riley that was luckier than our play by Butler earlier. Riley was corraled by our defense, decided to take off despite not having enough speed... Slipped a tackle by one of our best players on D, then absorbed a punishing shot at the goal line and barely broke the plane (31-21) Washington got the ball to start the second half and we knew we needed a score. Halfback Anthony Daniel broke away fro a 61-yard rush to bring the Huskies back to within a field goal (31-28). Three minutes later, the Huskies made a goal line stand which gave them a shot later on.... Purdue had the ball inside the red zone and tried a fade route to one of the WR's, but a Husky leapt up and almost picked it off, but it fell harmlessly to the turf and the Boilermakers settled for a FG (34-28). The Huskies tried but couldn't get anything going. Purdue went right back to work (41-28). Going into the fourth quarter... The Huskies were forced to punt due to a huge sack and good coverage by the Boilers. The Huskies then made a stop of their own as left defensivef end Jesse Holly picked a great time (third down) to get a sack, and Purdue was outside of its meager field goal range. The Huskies had a horrible delay of game penalty on their next drive but Baker found WR JR Arnold for a nice completion against cover 2 zone... Then the next play hit Arnold on a deep fade to the end zone for a touchdown (41-35). Purdue got the ball and the Huskies changed their defensive strategy up completely, hoping to upset their timing a little. It seemed to work as they threw to a guy who wasn't wide open and Lance McDougal batted the ball away. Baker and the offense got going with a screen pass to Anthony Daniel that picked up good yardage and crossed midfield. After a bad read and throw that was almost picked off, the Huskies got Josh Cook in a man-on-man situation and he came up with a huge catch. That allowed Daniel to score his third TD of the game from three yards out, giving UW the lead. (42-41) The Huskies made a bad decision, going man defense to start off the drive.. And you guessed it.. Purdue went right back to fucking work and were at midfield. They tried to go back to work AGAIN which would have given Cohen 300 yards... But his foot was out of bounds on a long bomb. Purdue instead ran a great play over the middle of the field and picked up a big gain to get within field goal range. It was here that the mind games began a little bit. The Huskies were literally blitzing everybody around the 24 yard line and they figured if the Boilers scored quickly they would get the ball back. Purdue decided to play it safe, running it, and losing yards. Purdue lined up for a 42-yard field goal with a 78 KPW kicker. All hell broke loose and the Huskies got the win. --------------------- First off.. Rod... Sorry for not being on time. There is no excuse for that. I just screwed up, all day I was thinking "wow big showdown at 9 CANT WAIT" and no it was at 6. Also not sure what happened there, I watched the replay and it appeared like the meter bounced around a little while the kicker was trying to kick it. Never have seen that before. I will say that one time I lost a game because the game failed to accept a timeout from me as the clock expired. I was pretty pizzed. I know how you feel. After the 14-0 lead I was bummed but not angry... It was just stuff where the D played horrible football.... Nothing I could have done. Stuff like that happened to Stanford the other day when we started a game and it seemed like anything I threw up there was going for huge plays. It was very big for me to manually knockdown the two jetpack/"fade" plays. You have raped me with those in the past. I was ready... This time. You were killing us with the manual defensive linebacker control. That first INT was just a great play I did not expect you to be there at all. Later on you had another one that should have been a pick. Each team had a few but you were giving me problems with that. In the past I hated trying to stop your offense but never minded going against your D, this year much different. This time I just hated the whole fucking thing. Until that thing of beauty at the end.