SEATTLE (AP) — Keith Price was back throwing touchdowns with a grin on his face, Washington returned to the shores of Lake Washington and Husky Stadium was drowning in a cacophony of noise.
The Huskies response to one of its most anticipated season openers in recent memory was an emphatic and impressive statement.
Price threw a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes to become the school's all-time leader, and Washington returned renovated Husky Stadium with a stunning 38-6 blowout of No. 19 Boise State on Saturday, the worst loss in Chris Petersen's tenure as the Broncos head coach.
Price was intercepted on his first pass in the Huskies newly renovated home on the shores of Lake Washington. And he was nearly perfect from there, the first step in putting a disappointing 2012 season in the past.
Price completed 23 of 31 passes for 324 yards. He found Kasen Williams on a 19-yard TD on Washington's first possession of the second half and his 18-yard strike to Josh Perkins gave Washington a 24-6 lead late in the third quarter. It was Price's 56th career touchdown, passing Cody Pickett as Washington's all-time leader.
"He played like a point guard tonight, which, in this system, you need to play like," Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said. "I thought he distributed the ball really well."
Petersen's worst loss was just as ugly as the final score indicated. The Broncos failed to finish drives offensively and simply could not stop Washington.
Boise State's 24-10 loss at Washington in 2007 was Petersen's worst setback prior to Saturday night. The Broncos fell to 26-4 under Petersen when given at least 10 days of preparation and was the first time since a 58-0 loss against Washington State in 1997 the Broncos failed to score a touchdown.
The 32-point margin was Boise State's worst loss since a 48-13 loss at Georgia to open the 2005 season.
"It's a good football team we just played, without question," Petersen said. "But I know that we can play better than we did. I know we've got to get a lot better and we will."
It was a rematch of last December's Las Vegas Bowl where Price was intercepted on Washington's final drive and Boise State held on for a 28-26 victory. The Huskies had eight months to simmer about the late loss that left them with a 7-6 record for the third straight season. Coupled with the Huskies playing in their palatial new $280 million home for the first time in nearly two calendar years, the Broncos were already facing a difficult task.
"We felt a lot of pressure," Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson said. "We knew we lost the bowl game and had to come back and get the win."