The Washington Huskies through driving rain storm, and behind 161 yards on 40 carries from Bishop Sankey the Huskies took down Arizona 31-13. Sankey put in a work man like performance to grind down the Arizona defense, and Keith Price who was 14 of 25 on the day for 165 yard, 2 TD’s and a pick lead the Huskies to the victory. The win improves UW record to 4-0, the first time they started 4-0 since 2001.
The Husky defense got the ball rolling early. On 3rd and 8 Sean Parker picked off Arizona QB B.j. Denker and gave the Huskies the ball at the Arizona 35. From there the Huskies only need 4 plays and an Arizona personal foul penalty to put it in the end zone on a Price pass to Kevin Smith to make 6-0 early. From there the Huskies the defense kept Arizona star RB Ka’Deem Carey and the rest of the Arizona offense in check the rest of the first quarter. They forced four 3 and outs and a got a safety on a punt that slipped through the hands of Arizona punter Drew Riggleman and rolled out the back of the endzone to make it 8-0 UW after the first quarter.
The second quarter the Huskies turn the Arizona free kick after the safety into 3 points on a Travis Coons 42 yard field goal to make 11-0. Most of the quarter was a field position battle as both teams traded possession until Arizona got the ball back with 2:49 left and drove down 84 yards and scored on a Carey 3 yard touchdown run following a 33 yard run by Denker on 4th and 2 to make it 11-6 going into the half.
The third quarter started off with the Huskies driving 95 yards in 4:41, capped off by a 1 yard TD pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins to make it 18-6 UW. Arizona however answered right back with a 15 play 72 yard drive that ended with a 7 yard TD run by Denker to close the gap to 18-13. The Huskies punched right back going 90 yards and scoring on a Sankey 1 yard run to make it 25-13.
The Huskies defense slammed the door after that. They turned Arizona away on downs twice and Marcus Peters picked off Denker for Denker’s second pick of the night. Washington extended the lead following the interception with a 10 play drive capped off by feel good story of the night Jesse Callier from 2 yards out. Callier has scored in three straight game after missing most of last year with a torn ACL.
Bishop Sankey was the star however for Washington. Coach Steve Sarkisian said about Sankey after the game “Bishop was awesome,” Sarkisian said. “He didn’t change, his focus was there, his body language didn’t change from the first carry to the last.” Sankey has 607 yards rushing on the season, good enough for fifth in the nation.
With the win UW moves up to #15 in AP poll. They will have their toughest game of the year to this point next week when they travel down to Palo Alto and take on #5 Stanford in a huge Pac-12 North Division battle.