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Polk gets big, Huskies win

10/30/2011

Perhaps Chris Polk should start getting some Heisman Trophy notice.

Polk accounted for five touchdowns in Washington's 42-31 win against Arizona, rushing for 144 yards on 34 carries with four scores and catching four passes for 100 yards with a 17-yard touchdown.

Polk is the first Husky to ever eclipse 100 yards rushing and receiving in a game. His 18 career 100-yard games ranks No. 1 in school history. He presently ranks fifth in the nation with 127 yards rushing per game.

The Huskies improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-12. They are bowl-eligible for the second consecutive year, but the schedule will provide the program a substantial measuring stick the next two weeks.

First, Oregon visits on Saturday for the final game before Husky Stadium gets shut down for renovations. Then Washington heads to USC, a team it's beaten in two consecutive years.

Win one -- or both -- and the bowl prospects perk up considerably.

As for the maligned Huskies defense, the jury remains out. Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles passed for 388 yards, but the Huskies forced four turnovers, three of which came in the fourth quarter.

But this one was about Polk, who scored five of the Huskies' six touchdowns.

And if he turns in a similar performance in an upset win against the Ducks -- with 2010 Heisman Trophy finalist LaMichael James on the opposite sideline -- maybe he will inspire a few raised eyebrows among Heisman voters.