November 17, 2007

Huskies Overcome Loss of Locker to Beat Bears 37-23

It's always a good sign when your quarterback can take a knee to finish the game. That's just what Washington's Carl Bonnell was able to do Saturday versus California. The Huskies used an impressive rushing attack and a stout second half performance from their defense to beat the Bears, 37-23, in front of 60,005 fans at Husky Stadium.

Despite the lack of jaw-dropping passing statistics, this was the Dawgs' (4-7, 2-6 Pac-10) most complete game of the season. Bonnell was filling in for Jake Locker, who sat out with an injured neck, and guided the Huskies to the victory from start to finish.

Bonnell would finish seven for 19 for 108 yards and a touchdown, but it was once again the Husky ground game that set the tone.

Coming into the game, the Huskies' rushing attack was ranked 33rd in the nation and third in the Pac-10. After posting 334 rushing yards against Cal (6-4, 3-5), those numbers certainly figure to climb the ladder.

On their very first play from scrimmage, running back Louis Rankin broke free for a 46-yard run. Four plays later, he scored from five yards out on a draw. It was just the beginning of another big day for Rankin, who totaled 224 yards and one touchdown on just 21 carries. It also got the Huskies off to a fast start.

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