The University of Washington Football program kicked off the 2013 regular season in historic fashion with a 38-6 win over Boise State.
Husky fans, alumni, and even some legends were in attendance for the opening of the newly renovated Husky Stadium. While a lot of the focus was on the Dawgs’ new kennel, the team itself was focused on the Broncos of Boise State. After falling to Boise State in last year’s Las Vegas Bowl, the Huskies had almost nine months to prepare not only for a chance to play in a more familiar setting than Century Link Field (home of the Seattle Seahawks), but also to get revenge on a team that handed the Huskies a 28-26 loss to end their season.
The Huskies proved to be a different group Saturday night than the one we saw in Las Vegas Last December. Although it looked as if the struggles for senior quarterback Keith Price from last year carried over to 2013 after his first pass was intercepted, the Husky signal caller looked back to form from his sophomore season as he completed 23 of 31 passes for 324 yards and 2 touchdowns — eclipsing the 300 yard passing mark for the third time in his career. Price’s two touchdowns gave him the 55th and 56th passing touchdowns of his career, passing Cody Pickett as the all-time Husky leader in that category. In addition to the game by Keith Price, the Huskies were powered by a physical run game that pounded Boise State for 282 yards with 163 gained by junior tailback Bishop Sankey.
The Husky offense put up 592 yards, but the defense’s bend but don’t break style kept The Broncos out of the endzone, and held them to just 6 points and only 171 yards passing. The Husky defense played with an attitude, throwing their weight around at the line of scrimmage, and getting tough, hard, physical play from their linebackers and defensive backs. Junior linebacker John Timu recorded 13 tackles while converted safety Shaq Thompson added 9. Sophomore cornerback Marcus Peters had 7 tackles and a pass deflection in the endzone to seal the deal for an overall excellent performance by a group that just two years ago was one of the worst statistically in all of college football.
The Huskies will take this Saturday off with a bye as they prepare to take a trip to Chicago to take on Illinois September 14.