Sunday, November 11, 2012
3 Up, 3 Down: Washington 34, Utah 15
By Mason Kelley
SEATTLE -- A look at positives and negatives from Washington’s 34-15 win over Utah at CenturyLink Field.
After struggling earlier this season, including against Arizona, UW quarterback Keith Price has bounced back and put together his best game of the year against Utah.
1. Keith Price: Washington coach Steve Sarkisian called the quarterback’s performance “by far and away Keith’s biggest game of the year.” The junior completed 24 of 33 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 4-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter. But, while the numbers were great, Price didn’t turn the ball over, solving one of his biggest problems so far this season.
2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Only a sophomore, Seferian-Jenkins has already passed Mark Breuner on the program’s all-time leaders list for receptions by a tight end with 96. Seferian-Jenkins passed Breuner against Utah, catching seven passes for 99 yards. And, for good measure, the sophomore saw a few snaps at defensive end.
3. Bishop Sankey: Since the Huskies finally found their offense against an FBS opponent, it only seemed fitting that all three highlights go to offensive players. Sankey topped the 100-yard mark for the fifth time this season, rushing for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries. He has now rushed for 1,017 yards in 2012, becoming the 10th Washington running back to break that barrier.
1. Penalties: Washington continues to be plagued by penalties. After racking up 12 against Cal last week, the Huskies piled up eight more for 72 yards against Utah.
2. Stopping the run: Utah never got its passing game going, throwing for a total of 55 yards. The Utes, however, kept things competitive by capitalizing on their ground game. John White rushed for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 22 carries, taking advantage of a Washington defensive line that was dealing with injuries.
3. John Timu: This has nothing to do with Timu’s play. The sophomore played a great game, finishing with nine tackles and an interception. However, there was a scary moment in the third quarter, when the linebacker suffered a stinger. He didn’t get up for a few minutes but, after being checked out on the sideline, was cleared to return to the game, allowing the coaching staff to breathe a sigh of relief. With interceptions in each of the last two games, Timu is playing his best football of the season and is a player the Huskies will rely on the remainder of the season.