The "clergyman sanks" Illini & Butkus, as Dawgs win 34-24

Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois.

Bishop Sankey ran for a career-high 208 yards and Keith Price passed for 342 yards, as they led the Dawgs past Illinois 34-24. Price posted an outstanding passing efficiency rating of 180.94. (Photo left: Dick Butkus, 1984, Wikipedia).

The Huskies (2-0, on the season) overcame 12 penalties for 109 yards and 2 lost fumbles in garnering their victory. The 2 holding penalties called on TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins appeared to be ticky-tacky at best, and the 2 lost fumbles needed to be resolved by the replay officials. Jessie Callier, replacing Dwayne Washington who coughed up both balls, ran for 66 yards and a touchdown -- while Sankey ran for one and was on the receiving end of another, a 31-yard TD pass play from Price. Leading all receivers, Kevin Smith caught 5 passes for 104 yards.

Ahead just 10-3 at half, Washington ran off 7-straight running plays for 75 yards (in 1:09) to take a 17-3 lead to start the third quarter. The Big Ten Network credited Coach Steve Sarkisian with exploiting a weakness in the Illinois defense, which he'd most likely brought to the fore during his halftime preparation.

Dick Butkus who participated in Illinois' 17-7 win over UW in the 1964 Rose Bowl was interviewed by a member of the Big Ten Network during an Illinois drive. I bumped into Butkus occasionally when I was a member of the Las Posas Country Club. I never gave Butkus the satisfaction of talking about that game with him, a game in which the UW lost star QB Bill Douglas to a knee injury. I met the most impressive Douglas several years back at a Dawg Days in the Desert function, which is sponsored annually by the UW alumni.

During the interview when asked about what he remembered from the Rose Bowl game, Butkus replied that he recalled sacking the quarterback on the first play from scrimmage.

Did this Husky win over the Illini avenge its loss to them in the '64 Rose Bowl? No, of course not, but at least Butkus had to watch from the sidelines as our Dawgs prevailed this day, some 49 years later.

The point of all this is not to be Pecksniffian in the presence of greatness.

The Huskies dominated the offensive line of scrimmage, 455.94 to 295.17, i.e.,

UW Oline efficiency = 180.94 + 50 * 5.5 - 0 = 455.94

Illinois Oline efficiency = 105.17 + 3.8 * 50 - 0 = 295.17


Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 0 10 21 3 34
Illinois 0 3 14 7 24


Area of concern



1. Ball Control                                                                                 

Time of Poss.

31:36 28:24

3rd-down conversions

10 of 16 6 of 15

4th-down conversions

0-0 1 of 1

First downs

30 17

2. Blocking and Tackling

Rushing Offense

273 136

Passing Offense

342 191

Pass Eff Offense

180.94 105.17

Total Offense

615 327

Sacks for

4-32 2-11

3. Mistakes


12-104 6-65


2 1

4. Field Position

Kickoff Returns

5-103-0 5-135-0

Punt Returns

1-9-0 2-2-0

Punting net/punt

47.7 45.2

Average Yards Per Kickoff



Net Yards Per Kickoff



Kickoff touchbacks

2 0

5. Scoreboard, Baby

Field Goals

2-2 1- 2

Redzone Offense

4-4 2-3

Points For

34 24



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