- Mason Kelley, Reporter, Recruiting Nation
SEATTLE -- Washington needed more than a win against Portland State. The Huskies needed a dominant performance to prove to themselves they were better than their lopsided loss at LSU.
They took a step in that direction Saturday, jump-starting their offense during a 52-13 victory over the Vikings.
Washington now has a week off before beginning a brutal stretch that includes games against four ranked Pac-12 opponents -- No. 9 Stanford, No. 3 Oregon, No. 13 USC and No. 22 Arizona.
As the Huskies begin their bye week, here is a look at who played well against Portland State:
1. QB Keith Price
After throwing three touchdowns against the Vikings, Price has moved into fourth place on Washington’s career list for touchdown passes with 39. The junior completed 14 of 19 passes for 181 yards.
2. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Only a sophomore, Seferian-Jenkins is already up to No. 6 on Washington’s career list for catches by a tight end with 61. He finished Saturday’s game with five receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown.
3. C Drew Schaefer
With injuries forcing fresh faces to contribute, the senior’s role as the offensive line’s leader has become even more important.
4. WR Kasen Williams
If Price isn’t targeting Seferian-Jenkins, chances are he’s looking for Williams, who caught six passes for 69 yards and a touchdown on Saturday.
5. CB Desmond Trufant
When the senior is on the field, opposing quarterbacks typically prefer to pick on someone else. As a veteran in the secondary, Trufant will be called on to lead the Huskies’ defense through a difficult four-game stretch.
6. S Shaq Thompson
In his third Division I game, the freshman led the Huskies in tackles with seven – two for loss. He also blocked a field goal that Tre Watson returned 79 yards for a touchdown.
7. CB Tre Watson
Watson seemed to make at least one play in every practice throughout fall camp. That trend has continued during each Washington home game. After picking off a pass against San Diego State in Week 1, Watson returned a blocked field goal 79 yards for a touchdown against Portland State.
8. RB Bishop Sankey
After last week’s loss at LSU, the sophomore needed to build some confidence heading into the bye week. He took a step in that direction, gaining 103 yards on 14 carries. He scored two touchdowns.
9. K Travis Coons
The junior college transfer continues to grow in his role as the Huskies’ kicker. In addition to making a 41-yard field goal before halftime, he made all seven PATs.
10. CB Marcus Peters
While he did get burned for a 70-yard touchdown, the redshirt freshman returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown and blocked a PAT.