There’s no tougher place to play a college football road game than Baton Rouge, where the Huskies will meet No. 3-ranked Louisiana State Saturday night.
GAME: Washington (1-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-12) at Louisiana State (1-0 overall, 0-0 Southeastern Conference). WHEN: Saturday, 4 p.m. PT, Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA. MEETING: 3rd (LSU leads 2-0). COACHES: Les Miles, LSU; Steve Sarkisian, Washington. RANKINGS: LSU No. 3 AP, No. 3 USA Today Coaches; UW unranked. LINE: LSU by 23 1/2. TV: ESPN. RADIO: KJR-950 AM, 102.9 FM
Oddsmakers have installed the Louisiana State Tigers as a 23 1/2-point favorite over the Washington Huskies Saturday night, and the amazement is that the nation’s No. 3 team (both polls) is only a three-touchdown pick. Given the following numbers, a five-touchdown spread, maybe even six, seems more appropriate.
A 41-14 winner over North Texas State last week, LSU has won 38 consecutive non-conference games, the best streak in the nation, and that’s just for openers.
In addition, the Baton Rouge forecast Saturday night is for temperatures in the high 80s and near-tropical humidity. Plus a chance of thunderstorms. Washington probably should have scheduled Idaho this week. But Steve Sarkisian‘s Huskies, who eked out a 21-12 victory over San Diego State in their season opener, have other problems.
The Huskies will not have running back Jesse Callier and right tackle Ben Riva, injured against San Diego State. Callier suffered a non-contact injury when his knee buckled, and is out for the season with a torn ACL.
“Oh, man, that’s big,” Sarkisian said of Callier’s ACL tear. “Jesse is so versatile to our offense.”
Bishop Sankey, a sophomore from Spokane who rushed for 66 yards and a short touchdown against the Aztecs, will receive most of the carries against LSU.
“Obviously, we’re going to find out more about Bishop Sankey in a hurry,” Sarkisian said, adding that Erich Wilson II, Willis Wilson and Dezden Petty will also get touches.
Riva’s broken forearm, which will keep him out four-to-six weeks, means that James Atoe, a 6-foot-6, 333-pound redshirt sophomore from The Dalles, OR., is likely to make his first career start Saturday night.
SERIES: Dates to Sept. 24, 1983, when No. 9 Washington traveled to Baton R0uge and lost to LSU 40-14 in front of 82,390. LSU’s “Dalton-James” gang (Dalton Hilliard and Garry James) combined to rush for 226 yards. Jacque Robinson and Steve Pelluer scored UW’s touchdowns. The teams last met in the opening game of the 2009 season (first game of the Sarkisian era) when LSU pulled away for a 31-23 win at Husky Stadium. Washington’s Jake Locker passed for 321 yards and two scores.
UW HEAD COACH: Steve Sarkisian (20-19-0) is in his fourth season as head coach of the Huskies. After producing a 5-7 record in his first year (2009), Sarkisian guided the Huskies to a 7-6 record in 2010, which ended with a 19-7 victory over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. That marked Washington’s first postseason game since the 2002 Sun Bowl. Sarkisian coached the Huskies to another 7-6 record in 2011 and a berth opposite Baylor in the Alamo Bowl. Prior to joining the Huskies, Sarkisian served as a USC assistant under Pete Carroll (2001-03, 2005-08). He also worked as an Oakland Raiders assistant in 2004. Sarkisian played quarterback at Brigham Young University and later played in the Canadian Football League.
UW STATS / NOTES
WASHINGTON TWO DEEPS
WR: KASEN WILLIAMS, Cody Bruns; LT: MICAH HATCHIE, Dexter Charles; LG: COLIN TANIGAWA, Dexter Charles; C: DREW SCHAEFER, Erik Kohler; RG: ERIK KOHLER OR JAMES ATOE; RT: MIKE CHRISTE OR ERIK KOHLER; TE: AUSTIN-SEFERIAN-JENKINS, Michael Hartvigson; QB: KEITH PRICE, Derrick Brown; TB: BISHOP SANKEY, Erich Wilson; FB: JONATHAN AMOSA, Cole Sager; WR: JAYDON MICKENS, Kevin Smith; WR: KENDYL TAYLOR, DiAndre Campbell.
DE: TALIA CRICHTON, Pio Vatuvei; NT: DANNY SHELTON, Semisi Tokolahi; DE: ANDREW HUDSON, Semisi Tokolahi; R: JOSH SHIRLEY, Connor Cree; LB: TRAVIS FEENEY, Princeton Fuimaono; LB: JOHN TIMU, Thomas Tutogi; LB: PRINCETON FUIMAONO, Taz Stevenson; NI: SHAQ THOMPSON, Sean Parker; S: WILL SHAMBURGER OR JUSTIN GLENN; S: SEAN PARKER, Anthony Gobern; CB: DESMOND TRUFANT, Marcus Peters; CB: TRE WATSON, Gregory Ducre.
PK: TRAVIS COONS; P: KOREY DURKEE; KR: JAYDON MICKENS, Shaq Thompson, Jesse Callier, Kevin Smith. PR: KASEN WILLIAMS, Jaydon Mickens. LS: RYAN MASEL; HLD: CODY BRUNS.
HUSKIES OFFENSIVE LEADERS
|Keith Price||1||35||25||222||1 /0||134.1|
HUSKIES DEFENSIVE LEADERS
|Tackles||Parker 8, Timu 6, Trufant 6, Feeney 5|
|Sacks||Trufant, Feeney, Shirley, Hudson, 1|
|Passes Defensed||Watson 1|
|Forced Fumbles||Feeney, Fuimaono, 1|
LOUISIANA STATE: With its 41-14 win over North Texas, LSU has won 15 consecutive games by double digits . . . Tigers have scored 40 or more points in 11 of those wins . . . Junior QB Zach Mettenberger connected on 19 of 26 passes for 192 yards and a TD in his first career start last week as the Tigers rolled up 508 yards of total offense . . . Sophomore Kenny Hilliard rushed for a career-best 141 yards and two TDs, while junior Alfred Blue accounted for 123 on the ground. It marked the first time that LSU had two backs go over the 100-yard mark in a season-opener since the 1982 against Oregon State (Dalton Hilliard, Kenny’s father, 133 yards; Garry James, 128 yards) . . . Sophomore WR Jarvis Landry hauled in a career-best eight passes for 82 yards in the opener, while sophomore WR Odell Beckham Jr. returned a punt 70 yards for a TD and caught three passes for 30 yards. Defensively, junior FS Eric Reid the Tigers with seven tackles as LSU limited North Texas to 219 total yards (143 passing, 76 rushing) . . . LSU has scored 18 special teams TDs under Miles (10 punt returns, three kickoff returns, two returns of a blocked field goal, one return of a fumbled punt, one return of a blocked punt, and one fake field goal).
HEAD COACH Les Miles (103-39, 76-18, LSU): Miles has guided the program to its most successful stretch in the school’s history. With 76 victories, two SEC titles and two appearances in the BCS National Championship Game, LSU’s success since the start of the 2005 season is unmatched in college football. LSU’s 76 victories over the past seven years are the most by a team in the nation’s toughest conference — the SEC — during that span. Miles was named national Coach of the Year by AP in 2011. Miles coached at Oklahoma State prior to taking the LSU job.
COMING UP: Huskies return to CenturyLink Field for their next two games. UW will host Portland State Sept. 15 (FX TV) and Stanford Thursday, Sept. 27 (ESPN).
University of Washington 2012 Schedule/Results
|Date||Opponent||UW Rnk||Opp Rnk||W/L||Score||Rec.|
|9/1/12||vs. SD State||—||—||W||21-12||1-0|
|9/15/12||vs. Port. State||—||—||—||—||—|
UW 21, San Diego State 12 (Sept. 1): Keith Price completed 25 of 35 passes for 222 yards and an eight-yard TD to Kasen Williams, and Will Shamburger returned a fumble 44 yards to a touchdown as Washington defeated San Diego State in front of 53,742 at CenturyLink Field. The UW defense, maligned throughout the 2011 season, gave up 199 rushing yards but just 128 passing yards, recovered two fumbles, had three sacks and an interception.