University of Washington linebacker Mason Foster has won the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance in the team’s 36-33 victory over Arizona on Saturday.
Foster, a junior, turned in the game’s biggest play late in the fourth quarter when he returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown. An errant pass from U of A quarterback Nick Foles hit the feet of receiver Delashaun Dean, bounced into the air, and landed in the hands of Foster who ran untouched to the corner of the east end zone. The score gave the Huskies a one-point lead over the visiting Wildcats and sealed the victory for the home team.
In addition to his game-winning score, Foster added 11 tackles (nine solo) and one tackle for loss.
The Huskies pull off the one of the greatest comebacks ever and the Seahawks absolutely smoke the Jacksonville Jaguars (Remember a year ago, when the Jags were everyone’s sexy Superbowl pick? Oh, how they fall.), all of which makes this weekend one of the best in recent memory. Gotta love getting one W, let alone two.
The Dawgs are now 3-3 (three wins from bowl eligibility) overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10. The Seahawks are 2-3 and have effectively kept their playoff hopes alive, which rest squarely on the shoulders of Matt Hasselbeck.
A side note about the Husky game. Before the Dawgs made their late comeback — 15 unanswered points in under five minutes — that game was about as over as any game could possibly be. The stadium was so quiet that you could hear other fans’ conversations from sections away. Large chunks of fans had already left in an attempt to beat traffic. The players had their heads down and the team was basically just waiting for a miracle.