Ding, Dong. The Witch is Dead.
In this case, it's the longest skid in the history of Washington Huskies' football – 15 games.
A win? Yes, 42-23 over Idaho. Convincing enough? Debatable. All that matters is that a new coach (Steve Sarkisian) got his first career victory, and some of the players got theirs as well.
"This is how it's supposed to be," said Sarkisian, who was drenched with a water bath from the Gatorade tub following the game. "We're supposed to come in here and answer all the questions about why we won and how we won and what it took. It's an exciting time. It's obviously a jubilant locker room."
Again, the UW offense was, for the most part, efficient. And it again converted a ridiculous amount of not only third downs (11-of-14), but even a fourth-and-5 with 31/2 minutes to go in the first half, which the Huskies made.
Quarterback Jake Locker led the UW on touchdown-scoring drives on all five of its first drives in building a 35-9 lead.
Yet, things never felt safe for the Huskies, at least not enough to start finding the second- and third-stringers to put in. Idaho was in the UW's red zone often. The Vandals recovered a kickoff fumble by Curtis Shaw at the Huskies' 31 to start the second half, trailing 21-9.
On the third play, quarterback Nathan Enderle saw his No. 1 receiver, Max Komar, break along the right seam. He went back. He fired. And he never saw linebacker Mason Foster drop back as well.
The ball spiraled near Foster's right shoulder, and close enough the junior picked it off, and returned it the other way 56 yards, to the Idaho 21.
"I was faking my rush up there in the box, and dropped out," Foster said. "A great pass rush leads to great things … and I made the play when it came my way."
Early in the fourth quarter, Foster turned the Vandals away again by deflecting an Enderle pass to tight end Kevin Small on fourth-and-4 at the UW 40.
Locker finished 17-of-25 for 253 yards and three TDs, and added another score on the ground. The junior from Ferndale might be quickly erasing critics' doubts about his throwing accuracy as he hit on a number of difficult throws.
"I hope he continues to answer it," Sarkisian said. "I think Jake – and I'm going to keep saying it – has all the tools to be as special a player and quarterback as there is in the country, if not the best. He keeps showing it."
** THE GOOD• Locker led another TD-scoring drive from the outset, going 97 yards on 14 plays. He capped it with a 3-yard run.
• Tailback Chris Polk continues to get the hard yards inside. He had 19 carries for 80 yards, including a 1-yard scoring run in the third quarter.
• Sarkisian isn't so used to winning from his days at USC to not recognized how special the moment was for his players. He has given them 24 hours to celebrate.
** THE BAD• UW linebackers, notably E.J. Savannah and Donald Butler, had difficulties in pass coverage. Idaho tight ends accounted for 122 of the team's 349 receiving yards.
• How is an ex-Coug (DeMaundray Woolridge) allowed to come to Husky Stadium and score on a pair of TD runs? Just saying.
• Some of the high school marching bands were noticeably out of tune during the halftime show. Just saying. I'm a former band geek.