It was an odd way to follow a football game. I stood along the sideline at Pop Keeney Stadium, watching Woodinville play Inglemoor last night. But my cell phone was blowing up. Dad was texting me updates from Husky Stadium, and friends and Half Brains from around the country were expressing their joy and profane disbelief at what was occurring.
The Washington Huskies crushed the Stanford Cardinal 44-6, and justified the top 10 ranking they've received throughout September.
I can't think of a bigger win than this since the Miami game of 2000. That was when QB Marques Tuiasosopo and Kyle Benn handed the Canes their only loss of the season.
In terms of crushing a formidable opponent, my mind goes all the way back 1997. That was when the Dawgs shut out USC 27-0 and safety Tony Parrish knocked Trojan receiver RJ Soward unconscious with a vicious, legal hit.
I wasn't at Husky Stadium last night. But I assume the electricity was like the 1992 Nebraska game, when the Huskies beat the ninth-ranked Cornhuskers 29-14 on national TV.
My buddy DeLarry texted me during the third quarter. "What the f**k is going on?" he asked. "I have never seen a Husky team play like this!"
DeLarry has been a Husky fan since 2000, so of course he doesn't remember the early 1990s. But especially so for the millennials on Hardcore Husky, this game was unchartered territory. So many of them lament the fact that their college years at UW were during the Willingham tenure. Four years of 11-37 and 0-12 football.
And now, for guys like PurpleJ, Gladstone, ThomasFremont and all the other young buck boof timers on Hardcore Husky, they finally get a taste of big time football. Their patience and loyalty have been rewarded.
Looking to next week, the Oregon Ducks loom in Eugene. It's an iron albatross that hangs around the neck of every Husky fan. Not since 2003 have the Huskies beaten Oregon. I was there in Autzen Stadium for the 2002 game, when the Huskies clown-stomped the Ducks 42-14 and then coach Rick Neuheisel brought the players out of the locker room to dance on the O.
It's time to put an end to this painful streak of futility too.
But that's for next weekend. This weekend is about reveling in the seismic shift that occurred Friday night in the Pac-12 North.