Huskies hand Broncos worst loss in Petersen era
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In eight months leading up to Boise State's opener against Washington, the Broncos actively down-played the idea of Saturday night's game being a rematch of last year's MAACO Las Vegas Bowl.
It turns out, the team was correct to do so.
The Huskies beat the Broncos 38-6 in an affair completely unlike the nail-biting contest last December.
"They dominated in all phases," explained coach Chris Petersen after the game. "We did some good things, but we just couldn't come together as a team enough."
Huskies' runningback Bishop Sankey carried the ball 25 times, rushing for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He and quarterback Keith Price (23-31, 324 yards, 2 TD) led Washington's up-tempo offense to a 592 yard performance overall.
"Our offense left the defense out there too long. They got tired and didn't get off blocks well enough," said Petersen. "We ran the ball probably efficiently enough, but had nothing going in the pass game."
Joe Southwick completed 25 of his 40 passes, but only threw for 152 yards. His streak of 133 attempts without an interception was snapped by Sean Parker on BSU's first possession.
"The good news is we have 11 more to go, and this game will be far behind us in a couple weeks," said Southwick.
Washington's 32 point win is the largest margin of victory over a Boise State team since 2005. The Broncos' six points (scored on two Dan Goodale field goals) total BSU's worst offensive output since 1997.
"This hurts, but we're going to be coming back this week just like we always do," said linebacker Corey Bell. "That's kind of the attitude that we live by as Broncos- just get back on your horse and go."
Senior linebacker Jonathan Brown left the game in the first half with an apparent leg injury. He later rejoined the Broncos on the sideline using crutches. Petersen said Brown's status will be evaluated early this week.
Boise State opens its home schedule Saturday against the University of Tennessee-Martin.