The Huskies are 2-0, have allowed a total of 22 points this season and may have come up with a mighty cool nickname for the defense: “The Purple Hurt.” Senior cornerback Roy Lewis used the term after the game, and it seems like one of those that might stick. Especially if they continue allowing just 11 points per game.
Next up, Ohio Stae, at 12:30 next Saturday, at Husky Stadium — likely sold out Husky Stadium –- and on ESPN.
A few game notes.
Player of the game
Washington cornerback Roy Lewis had 11 tackles, including a game-high 10 solo tackles, to lead the Huskies’ defense. Lewis also had an interception, defended three passes and made one tackle behind the line.
Boise State hurt itself by throwing three interceptions, fumbling twice (and losing one), being whistled for nine penalties, and allowing a field goal to be blocked.
True freshman cornerback Vonzell McDowell Jr. made a bobbling interception at the goal line in the final three minutes to turn away Boise’s last chance. It was the first interception of his career, and the Huskies’ third of the game.
One of the other UW interceptions came from an unlikely source, as senior defensive end Greyson Gunheim drifted to the sidelines in pass coverage and snagged the first pick of his college career.
"I played the run first and then dropped back," he said. "I just put my arms up and the ball came right to me. It was definitely fun. I was a little upset after that I couldn’t take it for a touchdown."
Gunheim said he had several interceptions in high school, where he played free safety until his senior season.
Boise State is known for its trick plays, but the Huskies beat the Broncos at their own game.
First, Louis Rankin threw a 16-yard halfback pass to Quintin Daniels, which pushed UW ahead, 14-0.
"We knew they would bite on it," Daniels said. "We threw a gimmick and it worked. Louis threw a great ball, and I made the catch and the line protected."
Midway through the second quarter, the Huskies ran a flea-flicker with quarterback Jake Locker handing off to his tailback, who flipped it back to Locker, who threw accurately to Anthony Russo running deep down the middle of the field. Boise cornerback Orlando Scandrick closed enough ground to prevent a touchdown but drew an interference call.
"In games like that you’ve got to throw everything you have," offensive coordinator Tim Lappano said. "… They were there. The flea-flicker was a touchdown – the kid did a good job to pass interfere there or that was gone. He saved them a touchdown there."
Cornerback Byron Davenport, who missed most of camp and the Syracuse game with a hamstring injury, played briefly before injuring his other hamstring.
Coach Tyrone Willingham said no other injuries appeared significant.
On his first play as a Husky, Davenport tackled receiver Vinny Perretta for a 2-yard loss.
"Too many turnovers. Too many penalties. Every time we got something going we had to bring it back. That’s what happens when you play great teams like Washington." – BSU coach Chris Petersen.
This was Washington’s first win over a ranked team since beating eighth-ranked Washington State in the 2003 Apple Cup. … The crowd of 70,045 was the largest at Husky Stadium since the 2005 Apple Cup. … UW senior Anthony Russo caught four passes, and has now caught at least one in 26 straight games. … Senior Jordan Reffett blocked a field goal in the third quarter, the first such block by UW since Larry Tripplett vs. Idaho in 2001. … Boise later blocked a UW field goal attempt, the first time that has happened to the Huskies since 2004. … Washington’s game captains were Gunheim, Russo, Marcel Reece and Daniel Te’o-Nesheim.