The Washington Huskies did exactly what they were expected to do against the Idaho State Bengals, winning 56-0. There wasn’t much of a doubt going into the game, and any hint of a doubt was erased once the game kicked off.
Bishop Sankey played in only the first three offensive possessions, but made his mark nonetheless. The junior ran for 77 yards on just four touches and a touchdown. After Sankey, the Huskies employed five other players at running back. Deontae Cooper saw the bulk of the workload with 14 carries for 57 yards, but Dwayne Washington, Jesse Callier and Ryan McDaniel all ran the ball at least seven times.
The Huskies spread the ball around so much, no one rushed for 100 yards. In fact, redshirt freshman quarterback Cyler Miles led the team in rushing with 89 yards on four carries. In addition to his explosive running, Miles threw for 97 yards on five completions in relief of Keith Price.
Price was as good as ever, completing 16-of-21 passes and throwing for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns. He had a few shaky throws, but dominated the game as a whole.
The defense may be the real story of the game, though. The Huskies earned their first shut out since 2009, when they beat Washington State, 30-0, in the Apple Cup. Hau’oli Kikaha terrorized the Idaho State offensive line while he was in the game, making three tackles, all for loss. Travis Feeney led the defense in tackles, with six, but 24 Huskies made at least one tackle Saturday.
If not for penalties, the Huskies could have eclipsed their record for most points in a game of 66 against Oregon in 1974. Penalties brought back touchdowns from Dwayne Washington and Greg Ducre – on a pick six. In total, the Huskies racked up 16 penalties for 130 yards, just 34 yards shy of Idaho State’s total yards.
The Huskies open up Pac-12 play next week against the Arizona Wildcats at Husky Stadium. The game kicks off at 4 p.m. on FOX.