Throw the damn ball, the perfect play call, a cathartic win – The Athletic

STANFORD, Calif .– Prince has recorded so much music in his life that most of it, by some estimates, has never been released – which says a lot for a guy who has released 39 albums and sold over 150 million records.

Even those familiar with the late artist’s famous vault have never heard a remix like the one conceived in the walls of the visitor’s locker room at Stanford Stadium late on Saturday night, where the Washington Huskies punctuated their come-from. -behind, the last second 20- 13 victory with a cathartic celebration.

As the unmistakable opening chords of “Purple Rain” echoed down the hall and in the narrow interview room nearby, the Huskies chanted equally familiar words over it.

“Tell who? Can you repeat that please?”

You might know the rest.

That they had experienced such jubilation was the surprise of the season, or at least the most pleasant. Washington and Stanford seemed destined to line up with each other, with the Huskies leading 12-3 during three quarters of lackluster football played in front of a nearly empty stadium in the growing cold of a late October night in the Bay. And it looked like a field goal was the most likely conclusion, across the studs or the width of them, as the Huskies entered Stanford territory just one point behind with 26 seconds on the clock. .

Facing a 3rd and 2 at the Stanford 20-yard line, UW was in a tough spot. There were no more timeouts, so a run short of the winning line would require a rushed placement attempt. The Huskies more or less had to pass, something they hadn’t done particularly well or often that night. No matter.

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