Washington to Play BYU in Fight Hunger Bowl
Washington's fourth bowl in as many Decembers will be a return of interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo to the Bay Area, where he played in the NFL for six seasons. Eleven Husky players will be having Christmastime homecomings for the Dec. 27 game, too.
After 13 seasons and attempts by Penn State, Stanford, UCLA and USC – just this week – to pry him from Boise State, Chris Petersen seemed to be a Bronco for life. Then he decided Washington was the job to which he finally couldn't say no.
Chris Petersen, who has built a reputation as an offensive innovator who carried the Boise State football program to its highest highs, has finally been swayed to take on a new challenge. Today, he has agreed to become head coach at the University of Washington.
UW's quarterbacks coach, the MVP of the 2001 Rose Bowl for the Huskies, gets the chance to get Washington its first nine-win season since he last played for the Dawgs. "I'm humbled," he said.
In the same minutes their coach was abruptly leaving them Monday, Keith Price, Hau'oli Kikaha and Danny Shelton stood as tall as they ever have as Huskies. That's a lesson that will serve them far beyond football. "Our team has reached a point where we are self-motivated."
Sarkisian Leaves To Take USC Job
Washington tailback Bishop Sankey has been named first-team All-Pac-12 while four other Huskies earned second-team honors, the Pac-12 office announced Monday.
Bishop Sankey sets school records for single-season yards rushing and career touchdowns – on the same play that gave the Huskies their first lead in the fourth quarter. The defense made big plays from there to seal 27-17 victory in the 106th Apple Cup. UW (8-4, 5-4 Pac-12) now awaits word on its bowl.
Senior Travis Coons is playing his final college regular-season game Friday, after two years at UW in which he has kicked off, kicked field goals, punted – plus run for first down, open-field tackles and even taunted opponents. He's come a long way since the 2012 Apple Cup.
Napoleon Kaufman loves Bishop Sankey's character as much as his game, which he likens to that of NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith. Greg Lewis helped make Sankey a Doak Walker Award finalist – and wouldn't mind his daughter finding a guy as great as Bishop.
"Today I kind of impressed myself. I didn't think I could make some of the throws I did," the fifth-year senior quarterback says after testing his pained shoulder through more than half of Tuesday's practice for Friday's regular-season finale against Washington State.