Jacob Sirmon throws for 395 yards and scores four touchdowns as the Cougars beat the visitors from Denver 31-28 on ESPNU.

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The Bothell football team wanted to show the country what the Blue Train could do.

The Cougars’ offense made sure the nation got to hear the horn roar at Pop Keeney Stadium Friday night with 28 consecutive points, but it was the defense’s last-second stand that gave No. 9 Bothell a 31-28 victory over Denver’s J.K. Mullen High School in a nationally-televised game.

“Look at that. Look at our crowd, look at the band, look at the cheers. It was a great game,” Bothell coach Tom Bainter said. “ … What a great football game for people to watch. What a great game to showcase Bothell and our community to anybody in the country that watched it.”

After finding themselves with a two-touchdown deficit early, Bothell (3-1) put on a show for those watching on ESPNU. The Cougars scored 28 consecutive points, including a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jacob Sirmon to Da’Vicious Wilson to take a 21-14 lead going into halftime.

Wilson caught eight passes in the first half alone and finished with 167 yards on 12 receptions. The senior also added three interceptions — all in the end zone — including the game-clinching one on the final play of the game.

“He is a playmaker, there’s no other way to say it,” Sirmon said. “We get the ball to him on offense, he gets the ball on defense. He’s a hard guy to stop.”

“He’s a heck of a football player, he really is,” Bainter added. “He takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. Man, he had a great game tonight.”

Bothell senior Kyler Parris kicked a 31-yard field goal with 6 minutes, 47 seconds left, and the Cougars’ defense made sure that three-point lead held up.

The Mustangs aided Bothell with a pair of penalties in the game’s final seconds. On fourth and very long, J.K. Mullen threw a Hail Mary that gave a hobbled Wilson the chance to make one more play.

“When it comes down to that fourth-quarter stand, I have 100 percent faith in my team that we’ll get it done,” said Sirmon, who watched on the sideline while encouraging the Bothell fans to be loud. “I knew they’d pull it out, and they did.”

The game featured ESPN.com’s No. 1 recruits in Washington and Colorado. Sirmon, who has committed to the University of Washington, finished 24 of 39 for 395 yards and four total touchdowns — three through the air and one on a quarterback sneak. Adrian Jackson, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound outside linebacker for Mullen (2-3), is committed to Oregon.

“They’re one of the top teams in Colorado,” Wilson said. “So, it’s great that we went out there and won just to put a statement out to the state that we’re ready to play.”