New ‘Wrinkle’ Leads To Two TDs For Lindquist

By Mason Kelley

Jeff Lindquist called it a “little wrinkle.”

With Washington trailing Georgia State by two touchdowns in the third quarter, it was the Huskies’ backup quarterback who sparked the rally, helping the team secure a 45-14 victory at Husky Stadium.

Freshman Dante Pettis injected some energy into the team with a 35-yard punt return that gave the Huskies the ball deep in Panthers’ territory. After a 10-yard gain by starting quarterback Cyler Miles, Lindquist came into the game.

Miles moved out to receiver.

Lindquist took the snap and went from quarterback to running back. The Huskies ran the play three times. Lindquist scored two touchdowns.  

“It was pretty sweet,” Lindquist said. “That’s my first touchdown in Husky Stadium. That’s something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. I was just really pumped to get in there.”

He was so excited about getting into the end zone the first time, he stumbled as he tried to get up and celebrate with his teammates.

“That was a little embarrassing,” he said with a laugh.

After starting the season opener against Hawaii, Lindquist has spent the past few weeks doing whatever he could to contribute. If he wasn’t on the field, he was keeping teammates energized.

“It’s pretty simple,” he said. “All you’ve got to do is help the team as best you can. For me, whether that’s playing in the first quarter, coming in for the occasional run or supporting guys on the sideline, you’ve just got to do whatever you can to be the best at whatever you have to do.”

When he was given a chance to get back in the game, he made the most of the opportunity.

“If you get one snap and you play as hard as you can and something good happens, that could lead to more snaps,” said Lindquist, who had 35 yards rushing. “You just do the best you can for the team and that could lead to personal rewards later.”

Lindquist, though, doesn’t spend much time worrying about individual accomplishments.

“We’re just trying to win games,” he said.

Lindquist isn’t sure if the “little wrinkle” is going to become a consistent part of the offense, but if the coaches call on him, he will be ready for a repeat performance.

“I did the best I could and helped us out,” he said.

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