Arizona 31

(2-6, 1-5 Pac-12)

Washington 42

(6-2, 4-1 Pac-12)

10:30 PM ET, October 29, 2011

Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA

1 2 3 4 T
ARIZ 10 3 15 331
WASH 0 14 14 1442

Top Performers

Passing: N. Foles (ARIZ) - 388 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: C. Polk (WASH) - 34 CAR, 144 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: J. Criner (ARIZ) - 11 REC, 118 YDS, 2 TD

Chris Polk's 5 TDs power Washington past Arizona

Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Chris Polk scored five touchdowns and became the first player in Washington history with 100 yards rushing and receiving in a game as the Huskies rallied for a 42-31 over Arizona on Saturday night.

Washington (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) withstood another crazy play in the series with the Wildcats -- a bobbled pass that was intercepted and returned 91 yards for a touchdown by Robert Golden -- and another night of shoddy defense to become bowl eligible for the second straight season.

Polk finished with 144 yards rushing on 34 carries and 100 yards receiving. He scored on touchdown runs of 1, 1, 5 and 2 yards and had a 17-yard TD reception from Keith Price. Polk's 5-yard scamper with 8:21 left gave Washington the lead, and he pushed the advantage to 11 with 3:59 left when he high-stepped in from the 2.

Nick Foles threw for 388 yards for the Wildcats (2-6, 1-5) but couldn't do enough to counter Polk's monster night. Foles finished 32 of 50 passing, and receiver Juron Criner had 11 catches for 118 yards and touchdowns of 24 and 9 yards.

But any Arizona rally and hope of a second straight win under interim coach Tim Kish was dashed when Sean Parker picked off Foles at the Washington 20 with 2:10 left. Foles was intercepted for a third time with 29 seconds left by Washington's Cort Dennison.

Following Polk's third rushing TD to put the Huskies up 35-31, Foles led the Wildcats to midfield, but on a quick screen, Criner was stripped by Washington's Will Shamburger, and freshman linebacker Princeton Fuimaono recovered. Price then hit Jermaine Kearse for 24 yards, Polk sprinted for 14, and the Huskies were back on the Wildcats' doorstep. On third-and-1 at the Arizona 3, Polk squeezed for the needed yard, then scored on the next play.

Polk set a new school record with his 18th career 100-yard rushing game and topped 1,000 yards for the season.

Kearse ran for a 6-yard touchdown in the first quarter on a lateral pass from Price.

It wasn't the sharpest night for Price, who didn't get much help from his receivers at times. Price was 16 of 30 for 277 yards and a TD. He threw a career-high three interceptions, but one came when the receiver slipped and another on one more strange bounce in this series.

After a 43-yard pass to Polk, Washington was on the cusp of taking a two-touchdown lead early in the third quarter. Price threw for James Johnson, who stumbled and never gained full control of the pass. The ball deflected out of his hands and into the arms of Golden. He wove through Washington's offensive personnel for a 91-yard interception return for a touchdown.

The wacky play rivaled Mason Foster's game-winning interception return for Washington two years ago in a 36-33 win over the Wildcats that bounced off the foot of an Arizona receiver and into Foster's arms.

Washington answered with Polk's second touchdown run, but Arizona ran off the next 10 points and led 31-28 going to the fourth quarter.

Washington got the big play it needed when freshman Kasen Williams took a quick post from Price, bounced off one tackle and carried another defender for a 48-yard gain to the Arizona 21 with less than 10 minutes remaining. After a 26-yard pass to Kevin Smith got the Huskies to the Arizona 5, Polk walked in to give the Huskies a 35-31 lead with 8:21 left.

Arizona still carved up Washington's struggling defense for 424 total yards a week after the Huskies surrendered 615 yards to No. 4 Stanford. At one point in the first quarter, the Wildcats had 132 total yards to Washington's minus-10.

But Arizona twice settled for first-half field goals when touchdowns were needed.


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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2524
Total Yards424489
3rd Down Conversions3-117-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-1

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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

FG10:58John Bonano 36 Yd 30
TD06:29Juron Criner 24 Yd Pass From Nick Foles (John Bonano Kick) 100
TD12:51Jermaine Kearse 6 Yd Run (Erik Folk Kick) 107
FG09:43John Bonano 47 Yd 137
TD06:16Chris Polk 1 Yd Run (Erik Folk Kick) 1314
TD13:11Chris Polk 17 Yd Pass From Keith Price (Erik Folk Kick) 1321
TD10:40Robert Golden 91 Yd Interception Return (Nick Foles Pass To David Douglas For Two-Point Conversion) 2121
TD05:34Chris Polk 1 Yd Run (Erik Folk Kick) 2128
TD03:41Juron Criner 9 Yd Pass From Nick Foles (John Bonano Kick) 2828
FG14:10John Bonano 24 Yd 3128
TD08:21Chris Polk 5 Yd Run (Erik Folk Kick) 3135
TD03:59Chris Polk 2 Yd Run (Erik Folk Kick) 3142