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Greatest Moments in Washington Football History

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5. Upsetting USC (2009)

Despite ending their 15-game losing streak the week before against Idaho, the Huskies were huge underdogs against number-three USC. But Jake Locker leads a last-minute drive, and Erik Folk kicks a field goal at the gun, giving UW a dramatic 16-13 upset win.

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4. Heading to the Rose Bowl (1981)

No. 17 Washington bumps off 14th-ranked Washington State in Seattle, 23-10, behind QB Steve Pelluer and kicker Chuck Nelson (three FGs), but the day’s largest cheers come when the Husky Stadium crowd learns USC has upset UCLA, sending the Huskies to the Rose Bowl.

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3. Comeback against the Cougars (1975)

Down 27-14 to Washington State with 3:00 left, Al Burleson returns an interception 93 yards for a touchdown to draw the Huskies within six. After holding the Cougars, Spider Gaines hauls in a tipped pass from Warren Moon and goes 78 yards for a TD and a 28-27 win.

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2. Holding off Michigan (1977)

Michael Jackson intercepts Rick Leach’s pass to Stanley Edwards on the UW three-yard line with just over a minute left to quell a furious Michigan comeback and give the Huskies a 27-20 Rose Bowl victory. (Moment at 19:50 on video.)

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1. A Share of the National Title (1992)

Washington’s top-ranked defense, led by game MVP Steve Emtman, holds Michigan to 205 total yards and stifles Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard in a 34-14 Rose Bowl victory that gives the Huskies a share of the national title.

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