SEATTLE — Steve Sarkisian stood on a stage postgame Saturday night without a podium, looking like he was about to participate in a spelling bee.
He didn’t mind the setup since it was Washington’s team meeting room and Sarkisian was accustomed to explaining things to a throng from that position.
Though Washington had just waxed 19th-ranked Boise State, 38-6, in the season opener, Sarkisian was measured in his comments.
“We’ve got plenty of stuff to work on, believe me,” Sarkisian said. “The beauty for us is we’ve got a bye next week before we go to Chicago.”
During the bye, Sarkisian will recount numerous positives from Saturday night.
Jaydon Mickens (109 yards) and Kevin Smith (69) set career-highs in receiving yardage.
Quarterback Keith Price had his third 300-yard-plus passing game and set the school’s career record for touchdown passes.
Running back Bishop Sankey kept churning. His 161 yards rushing marked the fifth time in
the past six games Sankey has ran for more than 100 yards.
There is one other number to contemplate: 85. That’s how many plays the Huskies ran via their new up-tempo offense after averaging 69.5 plays per game last season. The 85 plays – 54 runs and 31 passes – were the most since 95 against Stanford in 2007.
The fervor from Saturday’s win will be replaced with two weeks of practice before Washington plays again at Illinois on Sept. 14. The Illini beat Southern Illinois, 42-34, in their opener Saturday.
Preseason All-American tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will return after being suspended for the opener as a disciplinary action stemming from his offseason DUI citation.
Sarkisian was pleased with the team’s fitness throughout the game. Boise State ran the hurry-up offense to go along with Washington’s new speed racer offense. In an attempt to maintain momentum – mentally and physically – the Huskies will be right back at it.
“We’ve got to practice really well,” Sarkisian said. “That starts Monday morning. Fix the things that are fixable right away. We need to dive right into the game plan for Illinois and start that process, as well. We need to look at some areas on our team where maybe guys didn’t play as much.”
Price said he would be watching film Sunday.
After throwing an interception on his first pass, Price came back to go 22-for-30 the rest of the way.
It was a strong rebound for Price from last season and from that first pass. He was pleased, yet knows the Huskies are just getting started.
“One game doesn’t define us,” Price said. “I know we have a long way to go. It’s a long season.”email@example.com blog.thenewstribune.com/uwsports @Todd_Dybas