It’s been a long time and a lot has changed since the 2013 season opener — and yet Boise State’s veteran football players still think about the ugly nature of their loss at Washington.
The Broncos get a chance to return the favor Friday night at Albertsons Stadium.
Washington, then led by Steve Sarkisian, beat Boise State, then led by Chris Petersen, 38-6 in that 2013 game.
The 32-point margin was the Broncos’ most-lopsided defeat since the 2005 opener at Georgia.
“Still have a bad taste in our mouth from that game,” said junior defensive end Sam McCaskill, who made his college debut in Seattle. “That still is sitting with us. It was one of the worst losses we’ve had, in points, in the program’s history. So definitely remember that one and want to get back at it.”
Junior linebacker Ben Weaver and senior left tackle Rees Odhiambo didn’t say much about the 2013 game but their displeasure with that night was obvious.
“It didn’t go very well,” Odhiambo said. “That’s it. ... It didn’t go right at all.”
Said Weaver: “You never want to lose a game. That’s that.”
Petersen, of course, will be on the other side of the game this time.
McCaskill ran into Petersen and his assistants while dining with his parents at the Fiesta Bowl. Washington was in town for the Cactus Bowl.
McCaskill, like many Broncos, still holds Petersen in high regard.
“He made a big point of talking about what a real man is and taught me a lot of life lessons I’ll always take with me,” McCaskill said. “He’s really been a big role model for me, so no hard feelings there of course.”