The Washington Huskies concluded their 2017 season with a 35-28 loss to No. 9 Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday. The Huskies finished the season with a 10-3 record, marking the first time since 1990-91 that the program has had back-to-back double-digit win totals.
Here is a review of the best moments of the season for UW:
10. So long, Bob Rondeau
After 37 years in the broadcast booth, Bob Rondeau signed off for the last time Saturday as the Voice of the Huskies. “As I get later on in my life, I hear people say I can’t wait until this is over,” Rondeau told The Seattle Times’ Percy Allen after the Apple Cup. “Well, guess what? Don’t ever wish for the speedy passage of time. Just don’t. It’s the most valuable thing you can have. Good, bad or indifferent. Savor the time. This day was really long, but it could never be long enough. It was extraordinary.”
9. Hunter Bryant breaks through
Hunter Bryant, the freshman tight end from Issaquah, had his coming-out party in the Huskies’ 38-7 victory over Cal on Oct. 7. He had nine catches for 121 yards and his first career touchdown reception — a brilliant catch on the right side of the end zone in which he reached over a Cal defensive back to steal the ball away from what appeared to be a sure interception.
“We knew coming in he was about to be something special,” senior receiver Dante Pettis said. “This guy’s the truth, and it’s showing.”
A partially torn ACL kept Bryant out of the Huskies’ final four games of the regular season, one of a series of blows to the UW passing attack (Chico McClatcher and Quinten Pounds were lost for the season, and Andre Baccellia and Drew Sample were limited much of the season). Bryant did return for the Fiesta Bowl, playing just a couple of snaps, and he figures to be a prominent part of the offensive plans in 2018, along with another true freshman standout, Salvon Ahmed.