October 2, 2010 |
It qualifies as college football's closest, if not the most popular, social network. USC Coach Lane Kiffin and Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian matured together as assistants under Pete Carroll and are part of a coaching tree that extends into both staffs. Those relationships produced text messages and other light-hearted communiques throughout the week and lots of pregame handshakes and hugs before kickoff Saturday night at the Coliseum. But when the game was over, Sarkisian posted a status update straight from the in-your-face book.
October 17, 2007 |
The football season started with a bang for Chris Polk of Redlands East Valley. Well, actually, it was really more like a thud. Starting at running back for the first time in his three-year varsity career, Polk took a handoff on the opening play from scrimmage and darted toward the line. A receiver by nature and running back out of necessity, the USC-bound senior was met head-on by a Riverside North defender, who planted him on his backside.
November 1, 2011 |
Oregon Coach Chip Kelly called him "one of the best backs in the country," and he wasn't talking about his own LaMichael James or Kenjon Barner , who certainly fit that description. Instead, he was aiming his praise north up Interstate 5 to Washington's Chris Polk , whose 127-yards-per-game rushing average leads the Pacific 12 Conference and is fifth nationally. Kelly's No. 6-ranked Ducks will try to slow Polk on Saturday at Husky Stadium. But Polk's own coach, Steve Sarkisian , topped Kelly's praise when he compared the back to a pair of notable ballcarriers who were at USC when Sarkisian was an assistant coach for the Trojans.
November 9, 2011 |
Chris Polk could have been a Trojan. Washington's star running back made a verbal commitment to USC while playing at Redlands East Valley High, but he changed his mind and signed instead with the Huskies in 2008. Polk, a fourth-year junior, ranks second in the Pac-12 Conference and seventh nationally in rushing going into Saturday's game against No. 21 USC at the Coliseum. "He's probably the best back we've faced so far," USC safety T.J. McDonald said Wednesday.
August 8, 2010 |
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time. No. 25 Washington To think something from Washington could hold down a top-25 ranking in anything other than Cabernet is the reason we continue to believe in sports as the last unscripted drama. Two years ago Washington's football program was 0-12 and only happy because it wasn't Washington State, which was probably a worse team overall except it actually defeated Washington, 16-13, in triple overtime, to record its only victory over a school that wasn't named Portland State.
October 4, 2009 |
Robert Hughes scored on a one-yard run in overtime, safeties Harrison Smith and Kyle McCarthy jarred the ball loose from Washington receiver D'Andre Goodwin near the goal line on fourth and 19, and Notre Dame defeated Washington, 37-30, Saturday. It was the fourth consecutive game decided in the last 60 seconds for the Fighting Irish, the last three of which were victories. The Irish (4-1) stayed in it with two goal-line stands in the second half. The first was late in the third quarter when the Irish stopped the Huskies (2-3)