Washington’s 16-13 upset of third-ranked USC on 19 September has been voted by the United States Sports Academy as College Football Game of the Week for Week 3.

Washington, only one season removed from the first 0-12 season in the history of the Pac-10 Conference, stunned USC with a late drive led by quarterback Jake Locker. Locker directed a 68-yard drive that culminated with a 22-yard field goal from Erik Folk with three seconds remaining. Washington is led by first-year coach Steve Sarkisian, who was a former USC assistant.

The Huskies’ stunning victory was the overwhelming choice by the Academy panel, which includes fifteen men with distinguished backgrounds in major college football. At the end of the season and bowl games a final review of nominations will be conducted to determine the Game of the Year.

The Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Committee encourages fans to pick against the experts, and submit their choices. Disagree with our nomination? Email games@ussa.edu to express your opinion.

Other Week 3 games that received consideration were Florida State’s 54-28 rout of BYU, Notre Dame’s 33-30 win over Michigan State and Virginia Tech’s 16-15 win over Nebraska.

The College Football Game of the Year concept was developed by the Academy’s 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, Daniel Moore, a well-known artist in Alabama for his paintings of legendary coach Bear Bryant and the Crimson Tide. Moore captures the spirit of the winning game each year with a painting.