Huskies Overcome Kearse of the Buttery Palms

Thanks to the fact that one of Arizona's receivers wears a size-14 cleat, the Huskies were able to salvage their bowl hopes at home Saturday, pulling off a thrilling 36-33 victory on a late-game interception return by Mason Foster. But lost amidst the jubilation was yet another maddening performance by Husky wideout Jermaine Kearse.

Against Notre Dame, Kearse--not to mention the entire UW receiving corps--had a couple off-the-chest drops that, had they been caught, could have potentially reversed the outcome of the game. But against Arizona, it was just Kearse out there, droppin' balls. Early in the game, a perfectly-thrown ball slipped through his hands and into those of an Arizona defensive back. Then late in the fourth quarter, with the Huskies facing a score-or-else situation, Kearse dropped what would have been a touchdown pass to pull the Dawgs within a score. Thankfully, tight end Kavario Middleton converted a similar route a play or two later, thus sparing Kearse the status of goat.

That said, Kearse is still a glass half-full. He's a tall, athletic receiver, who despite his buttery palms, still ranks second on the team in receptions with 20. But if he keeps dropping balls, he'll run the risk of being the Montlake equivalent of Daryl Turner, a willowy former Seahawk receiver whose boldest headlines came as a result of dropped touchdown passes.

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