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Washington-Idaho Game Notes
Release: 09/17/2005
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Sept. 17, 2005

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Washington held the Vandals to minus-4 yards rushing, thanks in large part to seven sacks for 52 lost yards. Those minus-four yards are the fewest by a Husky opponent since Washington held San Diego State to minus-7 yards in a 35-3 win at Husky Stadium on Sept. 13, 1997.

The Huskies' seven sacks tied for eighth-most in UW history. The Huskies' most recent such performance came in the 2003 Oregon game, in which they also had seven sacks.

Washington's win today snapped an eight-game losing streak, dating back to last season. The Huskies' eight-game skid was their longest since a 10-game streak that ran from the final game of the 1968 season through the first nine games of the 1969 season.

From the Huskies' drive that resulted in James Sims' one-yard touchdown run with 11:28 left in the second quarter (the drive started late in the first quarter) through Johnie Kirton's six-yard TD reception with 3:14 left in the third quarter, Washington scored on six consecutive drives.

Washington's 34 points were the most the Huskies have scored in a single game since their 37-31 loss to UCLA in the second week of last season.

UW tailback Louis Rankin's 48-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the first touchdown of his career and the longest run in his Husky tenure.

Rankin, who rushed for a career-high 112 yards in his first-ever start two weeks ago vs. Air Force, set a new career high today with 115 yards on 19 carries.

Husky senior fullback James Sims' 17-yard run early in the second quarter was the longest of his career. That 17-yard run got the Huskies a first down at the Idaho six-yard line. Sims capped the drive with a one-yard TD run on fourth down.

Idaho's three points at halftime marked the fewest points allowed by at UW team in the first half since last season's win over San Jose State, when the Spartans also managed a field goal in the opening half. Washington won that game, 21-6, having led 7-3 at halftime.

Manase Hopoi's three and a half sacks tied him for fifth on the UW single-game list. The record of five is shared by Mark Stewart (1982 vs. UCLA) and Ron Holmes (1983 vs. Navy). Hopoi's three and a half sacks were the most by a Husky since Todd Johnson notched the same total in the 1998 Utah State game.

Husky defensive end Donny Mateaki entered the game with three sacks in 19 career games. He added two more today.

Mike Mapuolesega's punt block in the third quarter was the first blocked punt by a UW player since Tim Galloway blocked one last season vs. Oregon State (Oct. 16, 2004).

Kirton's TD catch was the first touchdown of his career. The redshirt freshman from Mill Creek, Wash., came to the UW as a running back but switched to tight end during this season's fall camp.

Washington's seven sacks today more than tripled their season total. The Huskies came into the game with three sacks in their first two games.

UW cornerback Josh Okeobor, making his first career start in Husky uniform, notched his first career interception in the first quarter. Husky senior linebacker Joe Lobendahn's third-quarter interception was the first of his career.

Today's game marked the first time since last year's win over San Jose State that the Huskies kept their opponent from scoring a touchdown.

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