Did it hit the ground? Does it matter?
Not really, at this point.
The Huskies play Arizona on Saturday, which brings Mason Foster’s improbable play back to the fore.
Washington was in a dire position in Steve Sarkisian’s first year. It had lost two consecutive games following the 16-13 upset of USC in 2009. Arizona quarterback Nick Foles had thrown for 384 yards, a sign of things to come against Nick Holt defenses, and Arizona was up 33-21 with 4:22 to go. A late touchdown to Kavario Middleton from Jake Locker pulled Washington within 33-28 with 2:55 left.
Eighteen seconds later, Foster had reached the end zone and Husky Stadium shook.
The Huskies lost the next four games before mopping up Washington State 30-0, then upsetting 19th-ranked Cal to close the season 5-7.
Foster used the word “hyped” after the game on several occasions. Foster also talked about how “hyped” he was at Monday press conferences or after practices. Basically, Foster got out of bed hyped and ready to tackle something. He’s playing linebacker right now for Tampa Bay and is 12th in the NFL in solo tackles.
His stunning return helped to keep the light on in that first season under Sarkisian.