Tui soaked in juice 

San Francisco. Capitalizing on special teams play and a bend-but-don't-break defense, the Washington Huskies beat BYU 31-16 in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Bishop Sankey ran for two touchdowns, and Keith Price completed a touchdown pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

The victory was highlighted by a 103-yard kickoff return by true freshman John Ross, who gave the Dawgs the lead back after the Cougars had tied the score at 7-7 in the second quarter, just 13 seconds earlier. You might say the Cougs had Couged it at that point of the fray. "I told my guys all I needed was one block," Ross was quoted as saying after the game.

After that jet-fueled return, BYU pooched its subsequent kickoffs, only to be burned by a 47-yard kickoff return by Jesse Callier that went to the Cougars' 35, leading to Sankey's second touchdown run and a 21-13 lead.

Almost unstoppable, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill led all rushers with 133 yards on 31 carries. He was sacked 5 times.

UW quarterback Cyler Miles, who replaced an injured Keith Price in thr fourth quarter, garnered the longest run of the night, reeling off a 32-yarder that went to the BYU 23. Travis Coons booted a 45-yard field goal, giving the Dawgs a 15-point lead with 7:53 left in the game.

With the game in hand, players poured a bucket of Gatorade over interim-head-coach Marques Tuiasosopo, who later in the locker  room shouted, "We wanted it, and we did it." The Dawgs finished 9-4 on the season, their most wins in a season since 2000. After the regular 2000 season ended, Tui led the Huskies to a 34-24 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers and Drew Brees in the 2001 Rose Bowl. See our article "Think Gatorade." (They won't cut me loose if I'm soaked with juice). Tui is pictured left at the Curtis Williams funeral.

Reference Greg Bell's story at gohuskies.com.

The QB efficiency ratings on the game follow:

QB School PA C YDS I TD Eff. Rate
Keith Price UW 22 17 123 1 1 130.15
Cyler Miles UW 5 1 6 0 0 30.8
Taysom Hill BYU 48 25 293 1 0 99.19
Team BYU 0 1 0  0 0 0
Cody Hoffman BYU 0 1 0 0 0 0

UW dominated the offensive line of scrimmage, i.e., 321.61 to 265.22

OLE = PEO + YPC * X - OLPY

UW Oline efficiency = 111.61 + 4.4*50 - 10 = 321.61

BYU Oline efficiency = 95.22 + 3.8*50 - 20 = 265.22

(*) The normalizing number X=50 was chosen so that 2.0 yards per carry would be equivalent to a Passing Efficiency Rating of 100. If  the number of carries is less than y then set x=1. The value of y is yet to be determined. Alternatively, the value of the factor ypc * x could be limited in a similar way to the limits placed on the NFL's passer rating computation.

PEO = pass-efficiency offense; YPC = yards per carry; x = normalizing number; OLPY = offensive line penalty yards

Team 1 2 3 4 Total

BYU

0 16 0 0 16

Washington

7 14 7  3 31

 

Categories

BYU

UW

1. Ball Control                                                                                 

Time of Poss.

32:02 27:58

3rd-down conversions

7 of 20 5 of 15

4th-down conversions

1of 3 1 of 3

First downs

28 19

Total offensive plays

97 70

2. Blocking and Tackling

Rushing Offense

180 190

Passing Offense

293 129

Pass Eff Offense

95.22 111.61

Total Offense

473 319

Sacks By

0 5

3. Mistakes

Penalties

5-50 5-24

Turnovers

1 1

4. Field Position

Kickoff Returns

5-120-0 3-168-1

Punt Returns

2-8-0 0-0-0

Punting average per punt

32.8 37.8

Average Yards Per Kickoff

51.5 61.8

Net Yards Per Kickoff

9.5 37.7

Kickoff touchbacks

0 1

5. Scoreboard, Baby

Field Goals

3-4 1-1

Redzone Offense

3-3 3-4

Points For

16 31

 

 

Richard Linde can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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