Washington beats BYU 31-16 in Fight Hunger Bowl

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2013 at 2:12 am •  Published: December 28, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Marques Tuiasosopo was doused with a Gatorade bath and carried off the field by his victorious players.

More than a decade after leading Washington to a Rose Bowl win as a star quarterback, Tuiasosopo led the Huskies to a milestone bowl win to cap a tumultuous month as interim coach.

"I can't say enough about these guys," Tuiasosopo said. "They wanted it and through some turmoil they stayed focused, they came together as a team and came here with a purpose."

Bishop Sankey ran for 95 yards and two scores to tie Washington's career touchdown record and the Huskies went on to beat BYU 31-16 in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Friday night.

Keith Price added a 16-yard TD pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and John Ross returned a kick 100 yards for another score to help the Huskies (9-4) win their most games since going 11-1 and winning the Rose Bowl in 2000.

The game capped a whirlwind stretch for the Huskies that began with coach Steve Sarkisian leaving for Southern California.

Chris Petersen was hired away from Boise State to take over at Washington, and Tuiasosopo coached the bowl game on an interim basis. The Huskies won just their second bowl game since Tuiasosopo led them to that Rose Bowl win over Purdue.

"We all know what he's done here as a player," Sankey said. "It makes it that much easier when a coach leaves when you have a guy like Coach Tui."

Taysom Hill threw for 293 yards and ran for 133 yards and a score, and Justin Sorensen kicked three field goals for the Cougars (8-5), who had their four-game bowl winning streak snapped.

But Sorensen also missed one in the third quarter after an interception by Robertson Daniel gave BYU prime field position, and the Cougars allowed two long kickoff returns, including one for a touchdown.

"Taysom led our team really well," coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "He played hard, he played physical. He gave us a great chance to win the game and stay in it. I told my team I was proud of them. I liked how hard they played. Our special teams needed to execute better."

The defense led the way for Washington, holding the Cougars to four field goal attempts and one touchdown on five drives inside the Huskies 30.

The Huskies were much more efficient on their scoring drives, with Sankey scoring on a pair of 11-yard runs in the first half to give him 38 career touchdowns, tying the school record held by George Wilson (1923-25).



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