As the Washington Huskies continued to be gauged by the Sonny Dykes-orchestrated, Nick Foles-thrown bubble screens for Arizona in the second half, something happened on the way to "The Montlake Miracle."
Linebacker Mason Foster called his own shot.
"We just told ourselves as linebackers, 'Let's just go out there and win it for us,'" Foster said.
And Foster did, almost single-handedly. His 37-yard interception return for a touchdown with 21/2 minutes capped the UW's 36-33 wild comeback victory over the Wildcats at Husky Stadium.
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The UW is now 3-3, 2-1 in the Pacific-10 Conference and still alive in the race for the conference title.
As Foster and the Huskies defense took the field on Arizona's penultimate drive, starting at its own 37, he admitted the linebackers had already discussed what was going to happen.
"I told Donald before the play, 'Let's make something happen, let's do something crazy,'" Foster said.
As he'd done 15 or so times in the second half, Foles took a short dropback and was set to rifle a pass to the right sideline. It was a bubble screen set up for receiver Delashaun Dean.
Lined up on the outside left, Foster broke under the route (as did safety Victor Aiyewa, which coach Steve Sarkisian equally credited), forcing Foles to hesitate just a tad. Dean moved a few yards upfield, which Foles saw, but his pass was behind the receiver.
The pass hit Dean's left foot and bounced backward – right at Foster. In fact, it hit the linebacker's left arm. He grabbed it, turned around and sprinted down the left sideline for the game-winning score.
As UW secondary personnel later admitted, it was just a super individual effort by Foster.
"That was honestly just Mason being a great athlete," cornerback Adam Long said. "They just kept throwing the bubble screen. Football awareness kind of kicked in, jumped the route and made the perfect play."
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