What's more, the Huskies' defense could only be described as unyielding. Said California Center Pat Brady, "They didn't beat us physically, but they really did confuse our quarterbacks [Gilbert and last year's starter, J. Torchio]. They'd show blitz and drop back. They would drop back and then blitz. Whatever we played them for they did otherwise." Twenty-four of the Huskies made at least one tackle, and except for California's last-gasp touchdown drive, Washington held the Golden Bears to six first downs, 63 yards rushing and 62 yards passing.
Said Kapp, "In all my years in football I've rarely participated in that kind of butt kicking. Anybody with pride—and pride has to be a big part of football—has to have a real ugly feeling after a loss like that."
But James meant it as a compliment when he told Kapp, "Joe, you guys really got us ready to play." Ready to the extent that James's 5-year plan of using red-shirts to bring a national championship to Washington seems firmly back on track. James even allowed that he might vote his Huskies No. 1 in the UPI coaches Poll this week.