The Washington Huskies opened up their renovated stadium in impressive fashion on Saturday night, smacking around the No. 19 Boise State Broncos to the tune of 38-6. If that performance is a harbinger of things to come, it could be a really interesting season in the Pac-12 North.
The Huskies new offense, more up-tempo than in previous years, wore down the Boise State defense. Washington gained 592 yards on 85 plays — last year the team only averaged 69.5 plays per game — and running back Bishop Sankey gashed the Broncos for 161 yards on 25 carries. Quarterback Keith Price looked more like his 2011 self than his 2012 self (that’s a good thing), throwing for 324 yards and two touchdowns.
Though it is only one game, head coach Steve Sarkisian couldn’t help but be pleased with his team’s performance:
It was just about being happy for our fans, our kids, our players — this was a big night for a lot of people involved. I was just thinking about how the game gave people a really cool memory they can hold onto for a lifetime (CBS Sports).
I thought the last few years we lacked leadership, and now all of a sudden we have great leadership. We knew we had a better football team than we had the previous four years. I believe we’re ready to take the next step. We need to go out and prove it.
The Huskies have a bye next week before traveling to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on September 14.
[Source: CBS Sports]