Todd Dybas of the News Tribune caught up with a few of the Washington Husky players to get their take on their 17-13 victory over the Stanford Cardinal.
Senior fullback Jonathan Amosa was especially grateful for the win as the Huskies haven't defeated Stanford since 2007. Prior to the game, the Cardinal had absolutely rolled over the Huskies in the past two seasons - outscoring them 106-21 in two blowout wins.
"I'm a senior, this is my last year and I have never beaten Stanford until now. Words can't explain it. For all the guys who left and all the guys that are here now, you can only imagine how it feels to take down a #10 team in all black on ESPN with all the fans rushing the field, it does not get any better than that," Amosa said.
The Huskies have adopted the mantra of the 12th man as they rent out the Seattle Seahawks home turf while Husky Stadium gets remodeled this year. The fans rushed the field to celebrate with the Huskies after UW downed its first top-10 ranked opponent since upending a third-ranked USC Trojan team in 2009.
"The crowd brought great energy. We feed off of that energy, and they were great tonight. They helped us a ton on third down, and that helped us in a huge way tonight. That is a main reason why we won the game," junior safety Sean Parker said.
It wasn't a pretty win by any stretch of the word. The Huskies went into half time only trailing 6-3 and held the Stanford to only 235 total yards on the game to open up Pac-12 play 1-0. Parker says that the win will drive the Huskies as they take on the No. 2 Oregon Ducks in Eugene, OR after a bye week this weekend.
"It feels good. They are a good team, but for us to come out and play this way just feels so good. It helps the team and brings up our morale for the next game."