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Joe Kapp's razor-cut gray hair looked ragged now, and the square jaw was so tightly clenched it seemed to be wired shut with steel cables. The eyes were glazed. The big, strong hands hadn't yet stopped shaking. The carnage had been so complete, so total, that Kapp could barely find the words to describe it. Washington had just humiliated California 50-7 and, worse, devastated California's rookie Coach Joe Kapp—yes, that Joe Kapp—50-7, with the 7 coming only 54 seconds from the end.
"What hurt us the most was the last truck that hit us," said Kapp.
Yes, but did anybody get the number of that truck?
Well let's see, was it 16? 14? 2? 38?
"I sure saw a lot of purple out there," said Kapp.
90? 13? 31? 42?
There were two number 42s out there, weren't there? And two 67s and two 24s and two 36s and two 1s and...
Punchdrunk though they may have been, Kapp and his Golden Bears were not seeing double last Saturday afternoon in Seattle. It was, in fact, an occasion when you couldn't tell the Husky players with a scorecard.
Yes, Washington Coach Don James packed more than 100 bodies into purple and gold uniforms and then oversaw this horde as it marched up and down the gridiron in Husky Stadium. Oh, a few of the injured couldn't join the parade for instance, three starters—a linebacker, a cornerback and a tight end—plus the second-and third-string strong safeties, and the backup fullback, and the backup fullback's backup, who had injured a knee during pregame warmups. And, oh yes, Steve Pelluer, the Huskies' starting quarterback, had to leave the festivities after suffering a mild concussion in the second quarter.
But those things happen in football. Washington did just fine anyway, and James can take a large share of the credit—along with the equipment manager who outfitted James's legions. None of the players wore triple-digit numbers, and James somehow managed to keep those 66 Huskies with duplicate numerals from running onto the field at the same time as their numbersakes.