The last time the Washington Huskies played the Boise State Broncos the Washington sideline was busy dancing "The Lawnmower" while the team on the field was blowing a big lead and losing the Las Vegas Bowl. Saturday night the Huskies inaugurated reconfigured Husky Stadium and reconfigured the Broncos at the same time. The final was Washington 38, Boise State 6.
Keith Price piloted the new uptempo Husky offense with grace and poise. After throwing an interception on his first throw of the new season Price was 23/31 for 324 yards and two TDs the rest of the way.
Bishop Sankey was the rushing star for Washington. The junior tailback from Spokane's Gonzaga Prep.rushed for 161 yards on 25 carries. He scored two touchdowns. Dwayne Washington, redshirt freshman from Lakewood, California, provided able rushing relief. He carried for 52 yards on 13 carries with one score.
The Broncos, who have made their bones by beating Pac-12 teams over the last decade, looked slow and methodical all evening. Time after time Broncos receivers would handle a pass, and immediately go down in a heap. Illustrating the lack of yards after catch Broncos quarterback Joe Southwick was an adequate 25 for 40 but only managed 152 yards through the air. After a flurry late in the first half that brought the Broncos within seven, the Huskies on Opening Night were too much for the Southwick and the visitors from Boise.
The Huskies take next week off before traveling to the Midwest to take on the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois in two weeks. Illinois struggled to defeat in-state rival Southern Illinois on Saturday. The final tally in that game was 42-34.
In a season that many see as critical in the career of Head Coach Steve Sarkisian, the Dawgs are so far so good. The trail gets tougher than Boise. Time will tell whether these Huskies have the right stuff for the long haul. They most assuredly had the right stuff to take down the Broncos.