With his performance last Saturday night against 19th ranked Boise State, UW quarterback Keith Price appears to have found the groove that eluded him throughout most of last season as the Huskies posted a 38-6 win over the Broncos.
Despite the absence of preseason All-American tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Price had one of his most productive days as a Husky completing 23 of 31 passes from 324 yards and two touchdowns. Price passed for over 300 yards for only the third time in his career, as the Huskies’ amassed 592 yards of total offense on the night.
“He played like a point guard tonight,” said Husky head football coach Steve Sarkisian. “I really like they way he spread the ball around.”
Husky running back Bishop Sankey carried the ball 25 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns, as the Huskies offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage throughout most of the game.
Despite the solid performance of Sakney, it was the explosive play of the Husky receiving corps that was the story of the game. Price connected with seven different receivers – Jaydon Mickens, Kevin Smith, John Ross, Kasen Williams, Joshua Perkins, Damore’ea Stringfellow, and Sankey – all of whom displayed the ability to get separation from defenders before and after the catch.
“We have a lot of weapons,” said Price with a big grin on his face. “It helps when guys can turn a bubble screen into 15-yard plays.”
“It’s awesome to see other guys stepping up. They did an excellent job,” added Price.
While Price is quick to give credit to his teammates, it was his composure in the pocket and his ability to use his feet that helped create opportunities for his receivers to make plays.
The Husky quarterback set the UW all-time career touchdown record (56) on an 18-yard pass to tight end Joshua Perkins. In classic form, Price eluded the Boise State pass rush, rolled to his left and then threw a perfect strike to Perkins in the endzone.
“I thought he was very efficient,” said Sarkisian of Price. “The scramble play where he found Perkins in the back of the endzone was a heck of a play.”
“We wanted to create more explosive plays for our offense and he was able to do that tonight,” added Sarkisian.
With their first game of the season behind them, the Huskies set their sights on a matchup with the University of Illinois on Sept. 14. But given their performance without the presence of Seferian-Jenkins, Illinois and the rest of the Huskies’ opponents this season will have to prepare for a very explosive offense.
“Once he (Seferian-Jenkins) gets back, it’s going to be kind of scary,” said Price.