Tonight’s game concluded the third year of the Steve Sarkisian era with the same record as year two — 7-6.
And the ending couldn’t have been more different. A year ago, UW fans were exulting in an unlikely 19-7 win over Nebraska that seemed to herald a return to the style of years past.
Tonight was obviously a complete 180, a 67-56 loss to Baylor that really was almost basketball on grass.
Sarkisian is now 19-19 in three years at UW compared to the 11-25 of his predecessor Tyrone Willingham, who was 11-25.
And afterward, UW AD Scott Woodward said it is the big picture that has to be recalled in assessing the direction of the Husky program.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the job that Steve does as head coach and what he does and its just really heartening to watch those kids battle,” he said. “The outcome wasn’t the way we wanted — I hate losing like everyone else — but I’m proud of this team.
“I think we are making continued progress, incremental progress, which I love. You know we won (one) game more than we did last season in the regular season and I just like that. We just need to keep building and keep doing the things we need to do to keep getting better and I couldn’t be more happy.”