SEATTLE--The Washington Huskies accumulated 429 total yards on their way to scoring 45 first-half points in their 52-13 victory over the Football Championship Subdivision Portland State Vikings in front of 54.922 fans.
It wasn't a happy return for Portland State head coach Nigel Burton. The former University of Washington alum (1996-98) and his squad will likely want to forget their first-ever matchup against the Huskies.Quarterback Keith Price and sophomore tailback Bishop Sankey led the offensive charge for the Huskies. Price tallied three touchdowns, while completing 14 passes on 19 attempts with zero picks.
Sankey rushed for 103 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Washington's special team unit scored two touchdowns in the second quarter on a blocked field goal and intercepted pass.
Player of the game: Keith Price
"Keith played great. Not many people give the quarterback as much credit as they should get when they aren't playing the best. For him to come and bounce back here was big for his confidence and for our O-Line as well."--DiAndre Campbell, Washington wide receiver
"I thought Keith (Price) was extremely efficient today."--Steve Sarkisian, Washington head coach
Washington's special teams
Shaq Thompson blocked Vikings kicker Nick Fernandez's 33-yard field goal attempt. Tre Watson recovered the ball on the 21 and ran it back 79-yards for the Huskies fourth touchdown of the afternoon.
Peter Marcus intercepted Portland State quarterback Kieran McDonagh's pass on the 21-yard line and into the end zone to increase Washington's lead to 42-0.
"Turnovers are a big thing. They are a big step toward determining the outcome of the game. We needed to come out on fire, and after last week we owed our offense and the team. We set our goal to get three turnovers."--John Timu, Washington linebacker
"It was good to see the big plays that were able to be generated on the defensive side of the ball; the blocked field goal for a TD and interception for a TD."--Steve Sarkisian
"You know when you are missing your All-American kicker it's a tough duty. It's football so there's no excuses, but when your down to your fourth snapper and second kicker it's tough at any level of football, but in the end those guys stepped up and I appreciate the effort they put in."--Nigel Burton, Portland State head coach
Sarkisian's dressing down his team before the end of the half
"...we still showed some immaturity that needs to get better and that's why we had a pretty good heart-to-heart at the end of the first half. We, me, pride ourselves on not taunting our opponent, not hitting guys out of bounds. That's just not us. I wanted to make sure that we didn't accept that. When you are in ball games and winning it is great and a lot of young guys get a chance to play, but there is a style and fashion in which we play the game which is us."--Steve Sarkisian
"It was a penalty that wasn't us. That wasn't Husky football, and [Coach Sarkisian] was just emphasizing that to us. We came out and did a little better, but we've still go to improve on it."--John TimuThey said it:"You take it a snap at a time. You don't worry about the other team, you just keep your focus forward and make sure you come out with a `W.' It all starts with the preparation. We were really focused today, played with great tempo, and went out and got the job done."--Marvin Hall, Washington wide receiver
"Yeah I think one is there's a lot of teams in America that when they are down 45-0 they would roll over and play dead and embarrass themselves and our team didn't do that, our teams not built that way and they continue to fight till the end and I'm very proud of the effort they put in."--Nigel Burton
Zielonka has been reporting on the Huskies for the past three years.
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