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Maybe the Rose Bowl talk wasn’t premature


There were some great stories out of Seattle concerning UW's win over UCLA on Saturday, the best being the ones that focused on Dan Howell's game-clinching interception – and not because it was the game clincher.

Howell lost his father recently, so the big play came at the right time for him emotionally. You can read about his reaction in Jerry Brewer's column, a Molly Yanity P-I notebook, a short story in the News Tribune, Mike Allende's piece in the Herald and Nick Daschel's notes in Vancouver.

The win was big, even bigger than the Fresno State one according to Bob Condotta on his blog.

But now the Huskies have to build on the win, coach Tyrone Willingham says. If they don't win this weekend in Arizona, the big UCLA victory won't mean as much.

The Huskies win did more than put them atop the Pac-10 standings. It also was the impetus for Kennedy High running back/safety Nate Williams to commit to UW. The Huskies' basketball program also received an oral commitment over the weekend.

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