SEATTLE – Saturday night Washington was full of answers.
Without preseason All-American Austin Seferian-Jenkins, what would happen? How would the Huskies handle the hype and heat from opening the renovated stadium? Which version of Keith Price would show up?
Powerful and affirmative showings put those questions to rest during Washington’s 38-6 shellacking of 19th-ranked Boise State in front of 71,963 during a postcard-worthy evening on Montlake.
Such a shellacking of Boise State is almost unheard of. The last time Boise State lost by double digits was Nov. 23, 2007, when the Broncos lost 39-27 to Hawaii. The last time Boise State was blown out was when Georgia whacked it 48-13 on Sept. 3, 2005.
Price finished 23 for 31 for 324 yards and two touchdowns. It was his third 300-yard-plus passing game in his career. During it, he took over Washington’s all-time record for touchdown passes when he threw his 56th to break Cody Pickett’s record.
Kasen Williams caught a touchdown. Bishop Sankey (Gonzaga Prep) scored and ran for 161 yards. Josh Perkins got into the end zone as did redshirt freshman running back Dwayne Washington.
In all, it was a night of having their cake and eating it, then going back for seconds.
Boise State took the opening possession of the second half to the brink. Washington linebacker Travis Feeney stuffed back Jay Ajayi on second-and-goal from the 2-yard line before Marcus Peters broke up a third-down pass.
Dan Goodale hits a 20-yard field goal, his second make of the day, to pull Boise State within 10-6 with 9:37 to go.
The anxiety of a four-point lead didn’t last since Washington put together 28 unanswered points. Price hit Williams for a 38-yard gain, then again on the next play for a 19-yard touchdown. The passing touchdown was Price’s 55th, tying him with Pickett for the school record.
For Williams, it was an awakening. He had just one catch in the first half before those consecutive receptions spearheaded a drive that took just 1:37.
Linebacker Shaq Thompson filled a hole on fourth-and-1 at the Washington 35-yard line to shove Ajayi into reverse. The crowd roared, Washington took over and began to push the game further from Boise State.
Price rolled left and zipped a pass back to his right while on the move. It went to Perkins, who started the game at tight end in place of the suspended Seferian-Jenkins, for an 18-yard touchdown.
Sankey carried 25 times for 161 yards.
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