Times: Washington football is reborn with this historic bowl victory

Times: Washington football is reborn with this historic bowl victory

Credit: DEAN RUTZ / The Seattle Times

Steve Sarkisian accepts the well wishes of legendary Husky coach Don James Thursday before the start of the 2010 Holiday Bowl. Under James Washington won its only National Championship.

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by STEVE KELLEY / The Seattle Times

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Posted on December 31, 2010 at 10:32 AM

SAN DIEGO — Jake Locker kept the ball on the option, accelerated into the open field and delivered a humbling hit on cornerback Prince Amukamara before jogging into the end zone at the end of his 25-yard touchdown run.

Two minutes into the second half, Washington was up by two scores on Nebraska, and it felt like old times. Like some grainy video from Washington's bowling past.

This Holiday Bowl was a golden oldie from the Don James Signature Collection — a turn-back-the-clock night reminiscent of long-ago wins in Pasadena and Miami.

Washington hit harder and played smarter than Nebraska.

These Huskies looked like other Huskies — the Huskies of Warren Moon and Marques Tuiasosopo, Michael Jackson and Steve Emtman.

From the first hit of the game, Princeton Fuimaono's crunching tackle on Nebraska's Niles Paul on the opening kickoff, this game felt familiar to any fan who was watching Washington football in the 1970s, '80s and '90s, but very foreign to those who have suffered through the recent losing seasons.

This was a night for waking up the echoes, from Lincoln Kennedy to Olin Kreutz, from Tim Meamber to Dave Hoffmann.

And this 19-7 Holiday Bowl victory Thursday night over Nebraska was as significant as any postseason win in Huskies history.

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