The Washington Huskies put together a highly successful regular season that featured several spectacular performances. The Huskies (10-2 overall, 7-2 in Pac-12 play) started 6-0 and that opening had fans dreaming of a conference championship and invitation to the College Football Playoff.
A disappointing 30-22 loss at Stanford dashed those hopes but a 41-14 win over Washington State in the annual Apple Cup game nonetheless helped the Huskies finish No. 11 in the nation and set up a tasty Fiesta Bowl meeting with No. 9 Penn State.
The regular season featured a slew of memorable moments. A look a few below:
Dante Pettis does his thing
There were times this season when senior wide receiver/return ace Dante Pettis made opponents look like they were trying to tackle a ghost coated in baby oil. With one hand. He was that good and Huskie fans will long remember Pettis’ ninth career punt return for a touchdown, one that set a NCAA career record.
The fact that came in a blowout win over rival Oregon only made it better.
Quarterback Jake Browning breaks school record for passing touchdowns
Washington has cranked out a slew of great signal callers and Huskie fans can always have a healthy debate about who is “the best” among a group that includes Warren Moon, Billy Joe Hobert, Marques Tuiasosopo, Mark Brunell, Damon and Brock Huard . That debate can rage forever.
But junior Jake Browning is at the top of the list for career passing touchdowns (he finished the regular season with 77) thanks to this play in a win over Utah.
Vita Vea contributes to Josh Rosen’s no good, terrible day
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen came into the season as a Heisman Trophy candidate and he may be the top selection in the NFL Draft this spring but Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea and his buddies gave Rosen a beating in a blowout win over the Bruins. Rosen was knocked from the game in the second half and did not return.
Vea’s sack of Rosen demonstrated everything that has made the big fella one of the best Huskie defensive linemen to ever wear the purple:
Vita Vea, DT Washington, beats the double team for the sack pic.twitter.com/jF5o6um9l0
— Erik Schlitt (@erikschlitt) November 30, 2017
Vea also helped make life miserable for Washington State’s decorated quarterback Luke Falk.
— Erika Coronel (@mserikac) November 28, 2017
Myles takes it to the house
The Washington defense has made big plays all season and few were better than this interception return for a touchdown in a win at Colorado by defensive back Myles Bryant, who also posted seven tackles in that game.
Gaskin goes into the books
Junior running back Myles Gaskin became the school’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (he finished the regular season with 43 for his career) with this burst in the win over Utah:
— UW Football (@UW_Football) November 19, 2017
Gaskin also earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors for his spectacular showing in the Apple Cup win.
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) November 27, 2017
Byron Murphy Emerges
The Huskies appeared to have unearthed a future star in redshirt freshman cornerback Byron Murphy, who missed seven games with a broken foot, but was a standout while on the field and had his best game in the Apple Cup finishing with five tackles and three pass break-ups.
Byron Murphy!!! 😤🔨💥 pic.twitter.com/p7ZbnttpUb
— WeAreDBnation (@WeAreDBNation1) November 29, 2017
Byron Murphy my goodness. pic.twitter.com/joROUqnnoW
— Kyle waltos (@Kylewaltos24) November 28, 2017