Husky Trails: Washington Ends Slide at 15

Ian PetersonCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2009

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 05:  Wide receiver James Johnson #3 of the Washington Huskies scores a touchdown past Harry Coleman #24 of the LSU Tigers on September 5, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Washington finally has a win, after having to wait nearly two calendar years between this one and the last one. Washington beat the Idaho Vandals 42-23 today in Husky Stadium.

During a day of beautiful weather, the Washington offense showed that there are playmakers on the team.

They also showed that the defense is as leaky as ever, giving the Vandals more yardage than the Huskies, 412 to 374.

First with the good news, quarterback Jake Locker looked extremely sharp on the day.

He was 17-of-25 for 253 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 18 yards on the ground with one rushing touchdown.

Chris Polk added 80 yards rushing with a rushing touchdown.

D'andre Goodwin had 83 yards on three catches and looked sharp after being shut down in the LSU game.

The defense, though, was not sharp today, and allowed too many yards against a team who will be nowhere near the talent of next weeks game against USC.

The defense played zone most of the night and gave up a lot of space underneath to the short passing game.

Idaho was able to make a lot of first downs and keep drives alive.

The Husky defense didn't break until the second half, but gave up two soft touchdowns in the second.

There were two sacks that the defense nabbed, but overall they looked rather ineffective.

It will be interesting to see if it was just having the USC offense on the mind or if it was a sign of things to come.

Still, a win is a win, and it's great to end that streak.