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Ex-Husky quarterback Chandler celebrates Huskies’ upset victory

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By Scott M. Johnson
Herald Writer
SEATTLE — Chris Chandler probably hasn’t jumped that high since his days as a star basketball player at Everett High School. That was more than 25 years ago, long before the multi-sport athlete became one of the greatest quarterbacks in University of Washington history and a 17-year NFL veteran.
As UW kicker Erik Folk’s 22-yard, game-winning field goal sailed through the uprights with three seconds left in Saturday’s 16-13 win over USC, the 43-year-old Chandler jumped into the air like an 18-year-old kid. He turned to the stands at the east end of Husky Stadium and held up both arms with a Richard Nixon-like victory hand signal.
“It gets us right back to where we should always be,” Chandler said a few seconds later, when asked what the win meant to the UW program. “To beat a team like SC in this manner, I can’t tell you how excited I am for the program.
“From where the program has been, and to see it dominate SC like this, it means so much — to every player who has played here.”
Chandler was one of several former Husky players who were on hand Saturday for what might be the biggest home win this program has seen in nearly 28 years — since UW’s upset of third-ranked USC in Nov. 1981. Ex-Huskies like Mark Bruener, Nate Robinson and Johnny Durocher were also at the stadium, as were UW weight-room assistant Marques Tuiasosopo and radio analyst Sonny Sixkiller — two of the greatest quarterbacks in school history.
For those current players who got to take part in Saturday’s win, sharing the celebration with former Huskies was part of what made it special.
“It mean s a lot,” senior linebacker Donald Butler said. “I had multiple guys come up to me and say thank you: ‘Thank you for showing everybody else that U-Dub is serious and not just some cake team that you can run over.’
“You have to respect us, and I think that definitely came from the game (Saturday).”
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