SAN FRANCISCONow 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 note, beating BYU 31-16 in a hard-fought Fight Hunger Bowl before 34,136 at AT&T Park.
Junior Bishop Sankey moved into a tie for UWs career lead for touchdowns, and battered senior quarterback Keith Price padded his record passing numbers before leaving his final game for UW with a hip injury.
Sankey ran for 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).
The Huskies (9-4) won their ninth game of the season, their most since Marques Tuiasosopos senior season in 2000. Tuiasosopo wrapped up his three-week run as UWs interim head coach with the victory Friday, helping UW win its second bowl game in 13 years.
New UW coach Chris Petersen was not in attendance Friday night. He assumes control of the team Saturday, nearly four weeks after Steve Sarkisian left for the head-coaching job at USC. UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, coaching on the AT&T Park sideline Friday night, is expected to join Sarkisian at USC, a source said.