The closest shave for the 1991 Washington Huskies came in Week 6, and in a fairly unlikely venue — Berkeley's Memorial Stadium.
The closest shave for the 1991 Washington Huskies came in Week 6, and in a fairly unlikely venue — Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium.
For most of the Don James era, it was USC or UCLA that served as Washington’s biggest obstacle on the road to Pasadena. Not in 1991.
“They were good, and they played us great,” James said.
The Bears finished that season 10-2 and ranked No. 7.
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Cal gave a sloppy UW team all it could handle on Oct. 19 in Berkeley. Washington gained 441 yards, but four separate possessions inside the 15 netted just three points.
A 68-yard run by Cal’s Lindsey Chapman tied the game at 17 with one second left in the third quarter. That was the only time all year UW would feel seriously threatened heading into the final quarter.
Beno Bryant then broke loose for a 65-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter to put UW back on top. He would finish with 99 yards on 12 carries despite battling a cold.
Cal had the ball on UW’s 22 with five seconds left when an incomplete pass appeared to end the game. But the Huskies were offsides, and Cal had one more chance.
Huskies cornerback Walter Bailey tipped the Cal pass away, finally ending the game. Washington won 24-17.
“They got an extra play,” James said. “But Walter Bailey was a great athlete, he could jump and he could run. That was quite a game.”
Week 6: UW 24, Cal 17