Sunday, September 1, 2013
Instant analysis: Washington 38, Boise St. 6
By Ted Miller
SEATTLE -- Washington opened Husky Stadium in style with an impressive 38-6 win over No. 19 Boise State.
It was over when: Bishop Sankey's 23-yard run gave Washington a 31-6 lead with 10:45 remaining. It seemed clear at that point the Broncos were out of gas on both sides of the ball.
Game ball goes to: The big question before the game was if Huskies QB Keith Price would be back to form. Well, if this game was any indication, the answer is a resounding yes. He completed 23 of 31 passes for 324 yards and 2 TDs. He also rushed for 25 yards. He threw an interception on the second play of the game but was pretty much flawless thereafter.
What Washington learned: While it's premature to go all "Huskies are back, baby!" this was a dominant win against a ranked foe, with the Huskies showing up on both sides of the ball. If this is a standard performance for Price, this not only is a top-25 team, but it might make some noise in the Pac-12's North Division.
What Boise State learned: With just 10 starters back, is it possible that Boise State -- finally -- is rebuilding rather than reloading? Of course, losing at Washington, which might be a pretty good team, won't prevent the Broncos from rolling through the Mountain West Conference. But wins over AQ conference teams give the Broncos national credibility, and that might be lacking this fall.
What it means: Washington will replace Oregon State, which lost to Eastern Washington on Saturday, in the national ranking. The Huskies have a bye before visiting Illinois on Sept. 14.