Saturday, September 15, 2012
Huskies roll Portland State
By Kevin Gemmell
If there was a hangover for the Washington Huskies following last week’s ill-fated journey to Baton Rouge, where they were roughed up by LSU, it didn’t show. The Huskies were almost -- dare we say? -- Oregon-esque, jumping out to a 45-0 lead at halftime. The Ducks have been pounding inferior competition with first-half barrages so far this season and the Huskies did the same Saturday.
In the end, Washington (2-1) blasted FCS Portland State 52-13, extending the lead to 52-0 before Portland State (1-2) finally got on the board midway through the third quarter.
Keith Price threw three touchdowns to three different receivers on 14 of 19 passing for 181 yards. Bishop Sankey rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (5 catches, 78 yards) Kasen Williams (6-69) and DiAndre Campbell (2-28) all caught touchdowns for Washington.
For the Huskies, this was more of a tune-up game as they head into a bye week and then kick off a brutal stretch that includes four consecutive games against teams ranked in the AP top 25 heading into Week 3.
First, Washington will take on Stanford on Sept. 27, followed by Oregon on Oct. 6, USC on Oct. 13 and Arizona on Oct. 20.
The Huskies also picked up a special teams touchdown when Tre Watson returned a blocked field goal 79 yards and a defensive touchdown on Marcus Peters’ 21-yard pick-six.
Still there were a few issues for the Huskies, who were flagged nine times for 80 yards in penalties and converted only 5 of 12 third downs. Overall, Washington outgained Portland State 429-261 in total yards.