Huskies Lose Shootout in Alamo Bowl
And that was the only thing that may have kept the Huskies from winning this amazing Alamo Bowl.
Price threw for 438 yards – second-most in Huskies history. He had a UW record-tying five touchdown passes. He equaled a 92-year-old school record with seven combined scores. But the dynamic redshirt sophomore was hit as he threw was hit as he threw incomplete high on fourth and 8 in Baylor territory with 3:20 left and Washington down by 4.
That was the last time he touched the ball, as the Bears then ran for the clinching touchdown in a 67-56 Huskies loss that people across the nation will be talking about forever.
“What a game!” Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said. “I thought we were going to do it.
“What a great game to be a part of.”
Jermaine Kearse caught five passes for a career-high 198 yards and a touchdown in his final college game. Chris Polk rushed 30 times for 147 yards and one touchdown in what could be his final college game. He also fumbled deep in Baylor in the third quarter with the Huskies poised to seize control of a game featuring the most points in regulation in the history of bowl games.
Now Polk must decide whether he will enter the NFL draft as a fourth-year junior.
Washington finishes 7-6 for the second consecutive season. The Huskies, just the eighth team to make two bowl games within three years of going winless, were denied bowl wins in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1990 and ’91 – the latter being its national-championship year.
The Huskies trailed 21-7 after one, wild quarter – then scored 28 unanswered points to take the lead in an even more amazing second period.
Price scrambled while trying to pass, pump faked a Baylor Bear into the upper deck of the Alamodome, then leaped over two more defenders at the goal line for a Heisman-like score.
The amazing, 15-yard run stunned the Alamodome crowd that was at least 80-percent Baylor, with its campus a three-hour drive away.
It also would never had happened without the 33 days off Washington had between its Apple Cup win and Thursday’s game. That allowed Price to rest knees he sprained three times this season.
After a stop by a surging UW defense that began getting to Griffin and battering him in the second quarter, Polk stunned the natives even more with a electrifying, 56-yard touchdown run up the middle in the final minute of the half. That had the Huskies up 35-21, though Baylor raced to a 42-yard field goal on the final play of perhaps the most amazing half of football one could ever see.
Price hit Kearse on an 80-yard touchdown to begin the second half. The huge underDawgs led Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and the 15th-ranked 42-24.
It was so quiet at that point in the Alamodome you could hear a 10-gallon hat drop.
Griffin, who finished 24 for 33 with 295 yards and one touchdown plus another 55 yards and another score rushing, rallied the Bears to within 42-39 midway through the third. Price fired a 13-yard touchdown pass to Devin Aguilar, who finished with five catches for 90 yards. Just like that, UW led 49-39.
And just like that, Baylor rallied against a ransacked Washington defense again. Terrance Ganaway’s second consecutive, unanswered touchdown run from 1 yard put BU ahead 53-49 in the final minute of the third quarter.
Price ran eight yards on a scramble and then stretched the ball across the pylon heroically to put UW back up 56-53 with 9:40 to go, but then came the deciding play.
On fourth and 8 from the Baylor 39, Price was hit low from behind as he threw high and incomplete to Kasen Williams on the sideline. Baylor had the ball back with 3:20 left – and UW’s offense never saw the field again.
The fireworks on the field after the game were anticlimactic. The teams combined for 1,397 total yards, by far the most in the history of bowl games.