The Huskies didn't pretend that this one didn't hurt more than most. But they vowed not to let it sink the season. The offense vowed not to point fingers at the defense. Some Huskies even restated their belief that they can win out from here and still make a bowl game.
But even coach Tyrone Willingham indicated that this likely won't be the breakthrough season they had all hoped, while still pointing out that the next five games offer some promise of ending on a better note than now seems likely.
And everyone seems to understand that this is the kind of loss that will set off a firestorm. The home crowd of 61,124 was the smallest of the season, the Huskies heard some boos, and certainly they will hear more calls for Willingham's head.
Braced for that climate, offensive coordinator Tim Lappano said it's time to circle the wagons and hang together.
Player of the game
Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama threw for five touchdowns while completing 38 of 51 passes for 510 yards and five touchdowns. His passing yardage is a Wildcats' record and the most ever by a UW opponent.
Husky of the game
Quarterback Jake Locker set career records with 336 passing yards and 157 rushing yards. His 98-yard completion to Marcel Reece is the longest play in UW history. With five games to go in his redshirt freshman season, Locker has 694 rushing yards, 3 yards shy of Dennis Fitzpatrick's quarterback record set in 1974. Locker moved into second place Saturday, passing Marques Tuiasosopo (574 in 1999).
Washington had a 41-33 lead and possession about 11 minutes from the end when Locker and tailback Louis Rankin botched a handoff. The ball popped free and was recovered by Arizona linebacker Spencer Larsen at the Washington 30. Just over a minute later, the Wildcats tied the game.
No new UW injuries were reported. However, guard Casey Bulyca, tackle Ben Ossai and linebacker E.J. Savannah were all held out of the starting lineup for undisclosed disciplinary reasons. Replacing them in the starting lineup were Jordan White-Frisbee, Cody Habben and Mason Foster respectively. Bulyca and Ossai ended up playing most of the game, however Savannah played less due to a lingering stinger. Cornerback Byron Davenport was burned for a 66-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and was replaced thereafter, primarily by freshman Vonzell McDowell. Linebacker Josh Gage also saw his most extensive playing time.
Locker's pass to Reece completed the third 99-yard drive in UW history. The others came vs. Stanford in 1999 and San Jose State in 2004. … UW linebacker Chris Stevens returned a fumbled punt attempt 30 yards for the second touchdown of his career. The first came on a blocked punt in the 2006 Apple Cup. … UW safety Mesphin Forrester had his second interception of the season. Before that, UW had had eight interceptions on the season by eight different players. … UW senior Anthony Russo has caught at least one pass in 32 consecutive games. … Arizona's Mike Thomas, the top pass-catcher in the Pacific-10 Conference, had 10 catches for 165 yards and three touchdowns including a 66-yard touchdown catch that was Arizona's longest play of the season. … UW game captains were Greyson Gunheim, Roy Lewis, Louis Rankin and Juan Garcia.
Stanford, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, at Stanford, Calif.