Washington Huskies coach Hellisan felt he had a slight talent advantage going into this game. The teams were similar in some ways but along the lines he felt there was a clear talent edge with the Huskies. The team played well and were physically dominant at times, but the Huskies made some key mistakes that kept this game close right down to the wire. The Huskies started off the scoring with a field goal after they couldn't convert a 3rd and inches against the Rutgers overmatched defensive line. "They have 9 guys in the box almost anytime you could consider running," said a frustrated Coach Hellisan after the game. "Clearly it was their goal to stop the run today and they repeatedly did that in the important situations. Of course.. we stopped the run too." The final tally on the ground was 26 carries for 80 yards for the Huskies, and an ugly 15 carries for 6 yards for Scarlet Knights, with 3 sacks factored in. After the first field goal the Husky defense did its job and stopped Rutgers for a second time. Then the offense found its footing and scored on a 3rd down play where the Huskies ran a classic play action to the fullback in the flat for a 10-0 lead. Rutgers responded with a drive resulting in a 51-yard field goal for a 10-3 Husky lead. The Huskies had a mental fart on the next drive as they scored a touchdown to take a 17-3 lead, however called a timeout a couple of plays before the touchdown which gave Rutgers some extra time on the clock. "I wanted to get Kelly (Haynes) some time because he is our goal line guy, but I probably should have waited until the clock wound down a bit more," admitted Hellisan. What resulted was a hurried drive and a 15-yard touchdown reception by all-everything TE Travis Spencer which made it 17-10 heading into the break. The Huskies took the second half kickoff and promptly were forced to punt, then later in the quarter missed a field goal and threw an interception as the offense went into hibernation. Rutgers pulled within a score of the lead with a 35-yard field goal. This set up a frantic fourth quarter which saw four lead changes culminating in the final field goal. Rutgers put together a drive coming out of the third quarter that resulted in a 4-yard score, making it 20-17 in the Scarlet Knights' favor. The Huskies regained the lead 24-20 with a 5-yard touchdown by Haynes, his second of the game. Haynes had some tough yards and didn't turn the ball over. If it weren't for him we probably wouldn't have won this game. Rutgers were driving but after completing a pass Husky linebacker Alex Dingle rocked the ball carrier and knocked the ball loose, which we recovered. After getting stopped on 3rd and 1 we then expanded the lead with a field goal to make it a touchdown differential at 27-20 with 1:28 to go in the game. Time and time again, Rutgers seemed to turn us away on 3rd and short with their voodoo 'call-one-formation, audible to another then motion everybody' defense. We had no answer for this bullshit or that fucking passing game once it got rolling. Rutgers pulled out all the stops and moved the ball down the field quickly against our reeling defense, scoring on a 14-yard pass on a great read of a cover 2 zone scheme. "I was positive he was going to read man defense but he is excellent at breaking down the field," said Hellisan. Rutgers only left 27 seconds on the clock, but the Huskies had two timeouts remaining. After an incompletion, we threw a short pass to the halfback that picked up a first down, then made another first down while burning our two timeouts. We threw an out route to tight end Joe Thurman just hoping to get out of bounds, but surprisingly he got way up the field, all the way to the 27-yard line before stepping out with 2 seconds on the clock. Rutgers iced our kicker, who calmly nailed the 43-yard field goal for a huge win that likely puts us in the National Championship Game against Hotrod.