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Pac-12 notebook: Huskies top dogs in Week 1

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Washington's stadium wasn't the only thing with a new look.

The unranked Huskies unveiled their $280 million renovation of Husky Stadium on Saturday night and it turned out to be quite a party as Washington dominated No. 19 Boise State, 38-6.

The Huskies also unleashed a new fast-paced offense that helped quarterback Keith Price return to his 2011 form after a down year last season. Price was 23-for-31 for 324 yards and two touchdowns as he passed Cody Pickett for the most touchdown passes in school history with 56.

Washington also showed off its ground game as Bishop Sankey ran for 161 yard and two touchdowns. Making the win more impressive, the Huskies were without All-American tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was suspended after he pleaded guilty to DUI during the offseason.

The Huskies gave the Pac-12 its most impressive victory of the opening weekend as the conference went 7-3 overall. The biggest blow for the conference was No. 25 Oregon State losing 49-46 at home to Eastern Washington, an FCS school.

There are not many big matchups ahead in Week 2 for the Pac-12 as most teams will be favored against smaller schools. Oregon visits Virginia in the marquee matchup nationally for the conference.

The first conference game is scheduled for Saturday when Washington State visits USC.

FIVE BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM WEEK 1 IN THE PAC-12

1. This is a passing league. Cal's Jared Goff threw for 445 yards, Oregon State's Sean Mannion threw for 422, Colorado's Connor Wood threw for 400, Washington State's Connor Halliday threw for 344 yards, Washington's Keith Price threw for 324, and Utah's Travis Wilson threw for 302. The returning all-conference quarterback, Marcus Mariota of Oregon, threw only 21 times but had 234 yards through the air.

2. After four years of Matt Barkley, USC may not be able to keep up with the passing attack of the rest of the league. Coach Lane Kiffin did not pick a starting quarterback after fall camp, but said he liked both of his potential starters. However, neither looked sharp against Hawaii, a program that has been known to give up a lot of passing yards. Max Wittek and Cody Kessler combined to throw for just 172 yards and All-American receiver Marqise Lee looked frustrated at times on the field.

3. Oregon will still be able to run the ball. The Ducks have ranked among the nation's leaders in rushing the past four years with LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner leading the way, but both of them are now in the NFL. There were questions as to whether or not the Ducks had a true feature back this year and Oregon showed in its opener that it may have two. De'Anthony Thomas ran for 128 yards on 18 carries, an average of 7.1 per rush, while Byron Marshall had 124 yards on eight carries, an average of 15.5 per carry.

4. The North Division is not a two-team race. Oregon and Stanford have combined to win the past four conference titles and Oregon won the first North title in 2011 followed by Stanford last year. Oregon is ranked No. 3 and Stanford is No. 4 and those two entered the season as heavy favorites while Washington was unranked to start the season, but the Huskies proved they could be in the mix with an upset of Boise State.

5. Oregon State was overrated. The Beavers began the season ranked No. 25 and looked like they would be favored in their first seven games to get off to a good start. However, OSU became the first Pac-12 team to ever lose to Eastern Washington and its defense was so bad against an FCS school that the Beavers may have a tough time limiting the high-powered passing attacks in the Pac-12.
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