Our deadline game story after Washington’s 31-16 victory over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl:
SAN FRANCISCO — Now that was a Friday night Fight.
Sparked by John Ross’ 103-yard kickoff return, Washington was able to move past a month of coaching uncertainty and controversy and end the season on a high, beating Brigham Young 31-16 in a hard-fought Fight Hunger Bowl before 34,136 at AT&T Park.
Junior Bishop Sankey rushed for two touchdowns to move him into a tie for UW’s all-time lead for touchdowns, and battered senior quarterback Keith Price padded his record passing numbers before leaving his final UW game early in the fourth quarter with a hip injury.
Price’s injury did little to quell a celebration at midfield after the game. Price flashed his trademark smile, Tuiasosopo was drenched in Gatorade and the bowl trophy was passed around to anyone and everyone within reach.
“We made history,” Price added.
The Huskies (9-4) won their ninth game of the season, their most since Marques Tuiasosopo’s senior season in 2000. Tuiasosopo wrapped up his three-week run as UW’s interim coach with the win Friday night, helping UW win its first bowl game since the 2010 Holiday Bowl and just its second in 13 years.
Tuiasosopo said he was concerned coming into the game about how the players who respond Friday after three “rollercoaster” weeks around the program.
“To see the guys on the field after the game and they’re laughing, some guys have tears of joy in their eyes, they’re hugging — that’s what was cool to me,” Tuiasosopo said. “I’m going to remember these moments, this opportunity I had.”
Sankey, who set UW’s single-season rushing record with 1,775 yards in the regular season, scored on an 11-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter, strolling for an easy score near where home plate typically rests at the home park of the San Francisco Giants.
Sankey added another 11-yard run in the second quarter, using sharp cut to the right to scoot to the right and into the end zone. That was his 20th rushing touchdown of the season and the 38th total touchdown of his career, tying an 88-year-old school record held by George Wilson (1923-25).
“It’s special,” Sankey said of the UW victory.
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9 wins..What an outstanding way to end my career. Seattle you have been a first class city and i want to thank you. #godbless #9
— Keith Price (@KeithPrice17) December 28, 2013