Doc 5: Our Favorite College Football Tips -- No. 4 Washington

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Washington dubbed this play against Arizona the “Immaculate Interception” because of the fluky way the ball was tipped and picked and because of what it meant to the game.

On Oct. 10, 2009, the Huskies were down five late in the fourth quarter and Arizona had the ball. It looked like Arizona was going to run out the clock, seal the game and go 2-0 in conference play. But a crazy – and lucky – bounce changed all that.

With less than 3 minutes remaining, Arizona quarterback Nick Foles threw a low screen pass to receiver Delashaun Dean. Dean was falling backward and tipped the ball with his fingers, off his foot and into the air.

And that's where Washington linebacker Mason Foster stepped in.

The ball bounced right up into Foster arms and he turned around and ran 37 yards for the eventual game-winning score. Washington took a 34-33 lead with 2:37 remaining and tacked on a two-point conversion for the 36-33 win.

"It was just a crazy thing," Foles told reporters after the game. "I don't know how to explain it."

The replay of the interception shows just how fluky the play really was. To have it brush off Dean’s fingertips and hit his shoe as he’s falling backward is crazy enough, but then for Foster to be in the exact right place at the right time is why Washington folks call this “Immaculate.”

Sadly, Washington would go on to finish 2-6 in its final six games and miss bowl eligibility by a win, but this is definitely one of the high points of Washington football.

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Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at or follow her on Twitter

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