SEATTLE -- A look at positives and negatives from Washington’s 52-13 win over Portland State Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
1. Keith Price. The junior quarterback needed a performance like this. He needed an opportunity to let the game come to him and make the plays that were presented. He looked comfortable and he was efficient, completing 14 of 19 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns.
2. Shaq Thompson. The freshman nickelback had the best game of his young career, leading Washington in tackles with seven. He had two for loss and blocked a field goal that cornerback Tre Watson scooped and returned for a 79-yard touchdown.
3. Bishop Sankey. After last week’s loss at LSU, the sophomore running back needed a jolt of confidence. He got one, scoring two touchdowns and putting together the first 100-yard rushing performance of his career.
1. Maturity. After Marcus Peters returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, Sione Potoa’e was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Then, during a kickoff just before halftime, Justin Glenn was flagged for a late hit out of bounds. Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian was so upset with his team’s lack of maturity he gathered them on the field before halftime, bringing home his point by spiking his visor into the turf. The Huskies will stress maturity throughout the bye week.
2. UW’s offensive line. This is not a knock on the way Washington’s line played against Portland State. But the Huskies are still searching for consistency at the position while they deal with injuries to Erik Kohler, Ben Riva and Colin Tanigawa. It was good to get Mike Christe and Dexter Charles their first starts and plug freshman Shane Brostek into the lineup, but there is still work to be done before playing Stanford Sept. 27.
3. Danny Shelton. The sophomore tackle has become one of the most important pieces to Washington’s defense, so there was reason to worry when he suffered a lower-leg injury in the second quarter. While it is unclear what the injury is, Sarkisian said Shelton will “be OK.”