What was best for the Huskies about their 16-7 lead, which came with 1:29 left in the half, was that it made Nebraska want to go to the air again. On first-and-10, Grant scrambled out of the pocket and hurled a wobbler toward split end Trumane Bell along the Husker sideline. Bailey played coy for a moment, lagging behind, then accelerated in front of Bell to make a neat interception at his own 47. James's earlier assessment of his audacious cornerback rang true: "When they throw at Walter Bailey, it's going to be six points, one way or the other."
The interception led to Hobert's scoring pass to Kralik, who appeared to be juggling the ball as he dived out of the end zone. The play was ruled a touchdown, however, and Washington had a comfortable 23-7 lead as it headed into the locker room. "I had a knee down, I think," Kralik later said. "I'm the last person to ask. They gave it to me, so I'll take that baby."
Kralik's score turned out to be more than Washington needed. The Huskies added a pair of Travis Hanson field goals, of 42 and 32 yards in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, to stay comfortably ahead. And with the final gun, Washington officially put last year to rest. "We don't want to be proud of what we did last year," Clifford said. "We want to be proud of what we're about to do."