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Instant Analysis: Washington 38, Boise St 6

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Posted Sep 1, 2013


CFN Analysis on Washington's destruction of Boise State.

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Retake Montlake. Retake it, indeed.

Washington just had to have this opener on Saturday night; the reopening of newly-renovated Husky Stadium, avenging last year’s Las Vegas Bowl loss to Boise State and the quest to start elevating beyond 7-6 campaigns were all motivating factors. Losing at home in front of a raucous would have been disastrous for the team and the coach, Steve Sarkisian. Fortunately for the locals, the outcome was never in doubt.

U-Dub was sharp in all phases of the game, no small achievement against a Boise State team that almost never implodes when head coach Chris Petersen has time to prepare. The once-young defense didn’t allow a touchdown, and QB Keith Price had his best game since going toe-to-toe with RG3 in the 2011 Alamo Bowl. Price is the key to this season. He was confident and accurate, all on a night when his most dangerous target, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, sat.

Torching Boise State goes down as one of Washington’s most poignant victories of the past decade. It might even provide the impetus for the Huskies to join Oregon and Stanford and turn the Pac-12 North into a three-team race.

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For one half, Boise State remained in the ring against Washington. Yes, the Huskies piled up 313 yards in the game’s first 30 minutes and clearly carried the play, but they had only 10 points – and a one-score lead – to show for it. At the half, it would have been quite reasonable and understandable to claim that Boise State was in a good position.

One quarter later, that was no longer the case.

The Broncos found themselves badly bloodied and thoroughly beaten by a newly brawny and ballsy bunch of Huskies, who just might have found the identity-changing moment they were looking for on the shores of Lake Washington.

This was the night when the newly renovated and expanded Husky Stadium opened. The Huskies, given even more of a home-field advantage, had to deliver the goods in order to show themselves and their fans that they were capable of achieving at a high level. UW head coach Steve Sarkisian needed this win in order to solidify his position in Seattle.

In the third quarter, after Boise State kicked a field goal to pull within four points of Washington at 10-6, Sarkisian watched as his team finally looked like a group that could legitimately contend for the Pac-12 North title. Washington simply made Boise State look bad… and not just bad, but conspicuously small as well.

With a handful of substantial pitch-and-catch plays, Washington swiftly scored two touchdowns to casually brush off Boise State with a flick of the wrist. Beating Boise State is impressive enough. Doing so the way the Huskies did is what could very easily transform the mindset of the UW program this fall.