(Saturday, December 4th)
Final Score: Washington 35, Washington State 28
Pullman, WA (Sports Network) - Jake Locker threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse with just 44 seconds remaining to lift the Washington Huskies over the Washington State Cougars by a 35-28 final in a Pac-10 Conference rivalry game.
Chris Polk exploded for a career-high 284 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries for Washington (6-6, 4-4 Pac-10), which became bowl eligible with the victory. Kearse finished with 178 receiving yards and two scores on six catches, while Locker ran for a touchdown in addition to his pair of scoring passes.
Jeff Tuel threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns while running for a score in the heart-breaking setback for Washington State (2-10, 1-7).
The only points of the first quarter came on a two-yard touchdown run by Polk.
Midway through the second quarter, the Huskies stretched their advantage to 14-0 on a seven-yard scoring scamper by Locker.
With just 28 seconds left in the first half, Washington State cut its deficit to 14-7 on a five-yard touchdown pass from Tuel to Jared Karstetter.
Early in the third quarter, Washington pushed its advantage to 21-7 on a 66- yard touchdown pass from Locker to Kearse.
With just under six minutes left in that stanza, Tuel tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Blackledge to cut the Cougars' deficit to 21-14.
An action-packed fourth quarter began with a 57-yard touchdown scamper by Polk, which extended the Huskies' advantage to 28-14.
Washington State fought back to tie the score at 28-28 with a pair of touchdowns in a span of just over four minutes. After Tuel reached the end zone on a one-yard run, he tossed a 16-yard scoring strike to Marquess Wilson. That set the stage for Washington's game-winning drive.
The Huskies finished the game with a 571 total yards.
12/04 23:46:28 ET