The losing streak is over!
On a blistering hot Seattle day, the Washington Huskies earned coach Steve Sarkisian his first victory as a head coach, 42-23 over the Idaho Vandals.
Riding a 15-game losing streak, Washington undoubtedly had Idaho circled on their calendar at the beginning of the season as a team they could prey on to snap it.
Quarterback Jake Locker led off the Dawgs scoring with a three-yard rush for a score in the first quarter. He got a bunch of different receivers involved, throwing touchdowns to Johri Fogerson, Chris Izbicki, and James Johnson who also scored against LSU.
Chris Polk had another good game on the ground, going for 80 yards and a touchdown. Between Locker and Polk, Idaho had their hands pretty full for four quarters.
It was clear that Washington was the superior team, as the defense got several stops for field goals in the red zone. Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle didn't make it easy on the D though, passing for 279 yards.
The Vandals failed to capitalized regardless of Enderle's arm, and could have made a game of it if they had put some sevens on the board instead of threes.
Either Idaho's offense isn't terrible (which is questionable) or the Huskies' defense has some problems they need to address before USC comes to Seattle next Saturday. For the Vandals to compile 349 yards of total offense just isn't acceptable unless Washington wants to rely almost fully on their offense.
Putting any negatives aside, it was just great for the Huskies to not receive the short end of the stick for once. The energy in Husky Stadium for the first two games is reminiscent of the glory days in the 90s and the early new millennium. This was fitting considering Marques Tuiasasopo was honored as the Husky Legend at halftime.
Sarkisian is restoring the glory of the purple and gold one game at a time, and I think by the end of the 2009 season, the Tyrone Willingham era will be nothing but a horrible distant memory.
Next week a USC team that just beat Ohio State comes to town. A success in this game for the Dawgs will be similar to that of the LSU game- if they can hang in there and cover the spread, it's a good thing.
Just because Sarkisian and former USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt are with Washington now, I think covering the spread and avoiding embarrassment is a realistic goal. I have to imagine that Sark knows a little bit about how the Trojans offense works, considering he ran it last season.
Husky football is on its way back to the top, and two weeks into the season, this is more than clear.