Washington gets defensive with Boise State

Heading into the game against the 22nd ranked Boise State Broncos, Washington faced the prospect of a high-scoring offense, a Heisman candidate at running back and an experienced defense. The prospects for a win were iffy at best, but nobody told the Husky players and especially their defense as the Dawgs outlasted the Broncos in a 24-10 win in front of 70,045 fans at Husky Stadium.

Redshirt freshman QB Jake Locker completed 13 of 25 passes for 194 yards including one touchdown and one interception. He also ran for 84 yards and had Washington's first touchdown of the day on a six-yard run.

Helping him out on offense was senior WR Marcel Reece who hauled in a game-high 102 yards on four receptions including a 58-yard reception for the Huskies' third, and final, touchdown of the game. RB Louis Rankin got 45 tough yards and threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Quintin Daniels in the back corner of the endzone.

For the Broncos, QB Taylor Tharp, making only his second start and the first one on the road, had a solid day on the stat sheet – 29 of 47 for 285 yards – but his three interceptions ended drives deep in Washington territory.

RB Ian Johnson was also held in check, rushing for only 81 yards on 21 carries.

The Husky defense harassed Tharp and the Bronco offense all day, but rarely blitzed, happy to sit back and get pressure from their lineman and the front-four produced, getting six quarterback hurries, three sacks and generally not allowing deep passes to be completed.

Washington took the opening kickoff 78 yards in 12 plays, many on the ground, and scored first when Locker went over from six yards out, aided by a push from Chad Macklin and Ryan Tolar.

After a Bronco fumble was recovered by E.J. Savannah deep in Boise State territory, the Huskies came right back and drove down to the Boise State 16 and were looking at a third-and-three when Locker pitched to Rankin who then looped the pass to Daniels to put the Huskies up 14-0.

On their next drive, Locker made the first real mistake of his college career when he was trying to get extra yardage and fumbled the ball, giving Boise State excellent field position at Washinton's 44. After a long pass from Tharp to WR Titus Young, Tharp pushed it over from the one making the score 14-7.

The Huskies then came back and got a 34-yard field goal from K Ryan Perkins, the first of his career and then Locker hit Reece with the long touchdown putting Washington up 24-7 and they headed into the locker room at halftime with a 24-10 lead following Boise State K Kyle Bortzman's 22-yarder with 1:21 remaining in the half.

The second-half was dominated by the defenses, but the Huskies had their chances. Locker threw the first interception of his career in the endzone on one series and Perkins' 41-yard attempt was blocked late in the fourth quarter.

For their part, the Husky defense picked off Tharp three times – Greyson Gunheim, Roy Lewis and Vonzell McDowell Jr. – and the also picked up sacks from Gunheim, Ceasar Rayford and Daniel Te'o Nesheim. Washington also got a blocked field goal from DT Jordan Reffett in the fourth quarter.

Boise State was held to their fewest points since 2005 and Washington has started off the season 2-0 for the first time since 2001.

Next up for the Huskies is Ohio State.




Injury notes: Willingham mentioned in his post-game press conference that CB Byron Davenport injured his other hamstring so it will be day-to-day to determine his health and he also noted that there could be some more significant injury news around the corner for some other players once they get a look at things on Monday.


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