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Halftime Analysis: UW 45, Portland State 0

9/15/2012

SEATTLE -- After last week’s blowout in the Bayou at the hands of LSU, Washington returned home with plenty to prove. The Huskies made a statement early, scoring on their first two drives and taking a 45-0 lead into the half against Portland State Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

Stat of the half: After being held out of the end zone on offense for seven consecutive quarters, the Huskies found the end zone four times on offense, once on special teams and once on defense in the first half. They tied the school record for points in a half, matching the 45 they posted against Oregon State in 1999.

Player of the half: Quarterback Keith Price. There was a lot of talk this week about taking pressure off the junior and get him back into the rhythm he established last season. He started strong Saturday, completing 12 of 17 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns against the Vikings.

What’s working for Washington: The offense. After stringing together a total of 183 yards and 12 first downs against LSU last week, the Huskies only needed a half to hit that mark against Portland State, totaling 261 yards and 14 first downs.

Play of the half: Freshman Shaq Thompson blocked a 33-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter. Tre Watson picked it up and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown.

Turning point: Portland State attempted an onside kick to open the game, which Washington recovered. The Huskies needed just four plays to find the end zone, with running back Bishop Sankey scoring on a 15-yard run. Washington’s second drive lasted just two plays before Price found DiAndre Campbell for a 20-yard score. It was the first touchdown reception of the sophomore’s career.