2008 was a nightmare season for Washington football. The Huskies became the first team in Pac-10 history to finish a season 0–12 and were the only FBS team in the country not to win a game.
That December, Washington hired USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to be the new head coach. He turned things around quickly, leading the team to a program-altering, 16–13 win in the third week of 2009. Against his old employer.
The game-winning points came courtesy of a 22-yard field goal by sophomore Eric Folk, who showed that older brother Nick — a former Arizona placekicker and 2007 NFL Pro Bowl selection — wasn’t the only one in the family with a reliable right foot.
For the younger Folk, who is currently an NFL free agent after a 2012 preseason cup of coffee with the Atlanta Falcons, it wasn’t the last time he would victimize the Trojans. His 32-yard boot with no time remaining gave the Huskies a 32–31 win at the L.A. Coliseum one year later.
No. 11 USC returns to Seattle this weekend for the first time since Folk’s first kick sent them to a shocking defeat three years ago.