Washington Huskies 21, San Diego State Aztecs 12
Sept. 1, 2012 | CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Wash.
Washington improved to 2-1 at CenturyLink Field. The Huskies defeated Washington State 38-21 in the 2011 Apple Cup, and lost 20-17 to Air Force in a 2005 "road" game.
Since 1989, Washington is 8-1 is season openers at home, and 13-10 in season openers overall. Under Steve Sarkisian, the Huskies are 3-1 in home openers.
The Huskies are now 3-0 against the Aztecs and 13-8 against current Mountain West Conference members.
The 12 points the UW defense allowed is the fewest since the 2010 Holiday Bowl, when the Huskies stifled Nebraska in a 19-7 win.
Tre Watson's interception of SDSU quarterback Ryan Katz was the first time the Huskies earned a turnover on their opponents' first possession since recovering a fumble on Hawai'i's opening drive, Sept. 10, 2011.
The Huskies recovered Aztec fumbles on consecutive possessions, halting back-to-back SDSU drives in the third quarter. The last time Washington forced and recovered fumbles on consecutive possessions was on Dec. 5 of 2009 in 42-10 win over Cal.
Coach Sarkisian started two true freshmen, Jaydon Mickens at wide receiver and Shaq Thompson at defensive back. True freshmen Kendyl Taylor, Pio Vatuvei, Korey Durkee and Eric Wilson II also made it onto the field for the collegiate debuts.
Husky underclassmen played a huge role in the game, including:
- Sophomore Kasen Williams caught six passes for 75 yards and one touchdown.
- Sophomore Austin Seferian-Jenkins made nine catches for 82 yards.
- Freshman Shaq Thompson had three tackles, including one on SDSU's first offensive play of the game.
- Sophomore Bishop Sankey scored the first touchdown of the game on a two-yard run, and finished with 66 yards on 22 carries.
- Sophomore Josh Shirley had four tackles, including a sack.
- RS-Freshman Travis Feeney forced an SDSU fumble that was recovered by UW's Justin Glenn.