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Washington reignites the magic

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Washington hasn't gotten many lucky bounces in recent years, but this might be a new era of Husky football.

Down 12 points with 4:22 left, the Huskies rallied for a touchdown, and then scored the winning points when a short pass from Arizona quarterback Nick Foles bounced off the foot of receiver Delashaun Dean and into the hands of linebacker Mason Foster, who dashed 37 yards for a score to cap the improbable 36-33 win.

Arizona dominated statistically. It out-gained the Huskies 461 yards to 256. It had a 19-minute advantage in time of possession. It ran 83 plays. The Huskies ran 47.

But Washington, which went 0-12 last, improved to 3-3 on the year and 2-1 in the Pac-10 because did something critical: it won.

Arizona, meanwhile, will surely rue a poor performance in the red zone -- it was stopped on fourth down, inches from the Huskies goal line, and too often kicked short field goals instead of scoring touchdowns after long drives.

And Arizona will regret a number of boneheaded mistakes, not the least of which was a personal foul penalty from linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka that helped the Huskies score a touchdown with 2:55 left and narrowed the gap to 33-28.

Still, the Wildcats seemed fairly comfortable when they took over with less than three minutes left, holding a 5-point lead and knowing they'd been piling up chunks of yards against the Huskies defense.

But Foles, who was on target much of the night, threw low and behind a diving Dean, and the ball bounced off his cleat -- perhaps an inch above the turf -- and right to Foster.

Yet there was still plenty of time -- 2:29 -- left for Arizona to either win or force overtime with a field goal.

Foles completed 39 of 53 passes for 384 yards with a touchdown, but the unflappable sophomore was flappable on the Wildcats final possession.

They drove to Huskies 38, but Foles held the ball too long -- he faced little pressure all evening -- on a second-and-short and took a sack. He then threw his second interception on a fourth-and-8 play.

Washington quarterback Jake Locker didn't put up spectacular numbers. He was 12 of 23 for 140 yards. But he threw three touchdown passes and ran 56 yards for another score, making the most of his opportunities to put points on the board. He ran for a season-high 92 yards.

If Arizona had won, it likely would have earned a national ranking.

Now, it falls in with six teams that have one conference loss.

The Wildcats will play host to Stanford on Saturday in game of teams licking their wounds.

The Huskies will visit Arizona State with a chance to take another step toward a massive turnaround under first-year coach Steve Sarkisian.