UW cornerback Kevin King: “I think that’s going to be a picture (of Browning) that’s going to be around forever in terms of this Oregon-UW battle. They talk about The Pick? Nah, they’re gonna talk about the finger wag.”
Oregon has The Pick.
Washington now has The Point.
As he crossed the goal line for the game’s first touchdown Saturday night at Autzen Stadium, UW quarterback Jake Browning pointed with his left index finger directly at Oregon linebacker — an unsportsmanlike play that drew a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff.
Browning was sheepish about it. Chris Petersen was a bit upset about it.
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Everyone else loved it.
Browning was apologetic after the Huskies’ 70-21 victory — “That’s not me,” he said — and Petersen this week handed down to the QB the team’s standard punishment for a personal-foul penalty: 500 push-ups.
Teammates were eager to do some of the punitive push-ups in Browning’s stead.
“Everybody raised their hand and told him we’d do something with him. So that’s how everyone felt about it,” senior cornerback Kevin King told reporters after practice Wednesday. “We stand behind Jake. When we have a quarterback like that, he’s just a fighter. Things like that, he’s not a cocky guy — we all know his character. He just got caught up in the moment. For us, that’s exciting to see.
“That was a good thing for us to see that he’s having that attitude — that’s somebody you want to be leading you, you want to be leading your team.”
The Huskies’ win came 22 years after the most celebrated play in Oregon history — The Pick against UW at Autzen Stadium in 1994.
“I think that’s going to be a picture (of Browning) that’s going to be around forever in terms of this Oregon-UW battle,” King said. “They talk about The Pick? Nah, they’re gonna talk about the finger wag.”
So teammates are standing by their quarterback. That doesn’t mean his immune to the good-natured ribbing that goes around the locker room — and Browning says he’s gotten even more of that this week now that his name has surfaced near the top of many Heisman watch lists.
“All the personal accolades and all that or whatever watch lists and things — whatever it may be for me or anybody on defense, anybody on offense — that’s not what we came here to do,” he said. “We came here to win as many games as possible and right t now the next one’s Oregon State, and that’s what we’re going to do. …
“I feel like the more watch lists you’re on, the more you’re going to get made fun of in the locker room. I’ve got made fun of more in these last three days than I have since the whole time I’ve been here.”