Former running back Joe Steele recalls a 1977 moment as we count down to the final game before Husky Stadium's renovation.
As fans count down to Saturday’s final game before the Husky Stadium renovation, we asked people who played, coached, cheered and worked there for their favorite moments.
Today, running back Joe Steele (1976-1979) reveals his most memorable moment. Steele, 53, is now senior vice president at C.B. Richard Ellis and lives in Kirkland.
“During my sophomore year (1977), the Southern Cal Trojans came to town. It was a late fall afternoon; a nasty, rain-soaked day. The stadium was packed. We were competing for the Pac-8 championship, with the program on the rise. We were up 21-10 in the fourth quarter. I took a fake from Warren Moon and was knocked off my feet by a defender. I looked up from the turf and in the distance saw Warren’s back as he was running in the open field to the goal line, completing a 71-yard run. The fans were going crazy.
“Husky football was back, you could just feel it, and this victory was critical to us in qualifying for and eventually winning the 1978 Rose Bowl. One of the pivotal moments in Husky Stadium history.”