Here's my game story from today's paper, which talks about the Huskies coming out and playing with a purpose.
And yet for all that was asked for by Sarkisian and brought by his team, the win was neither decisive, nor easy.
But should it have been?
The Huskies got a career day from sophomore quarterback Keith Price, who was 35-for-50 passing for 315 yards and four touchdown passes.
They jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, forced Hawaii into two costly turnovers, blocked two extra points, one of which Desmond Trufant returned 87 yards for two points.
Yet, the Huskies still needed a botched Hawaii onside kick – that traveled just shy of the necessary 10 yards – to secure the win. Here's John McGrath's column on Keith Price.
Price is progressing like this: If the Huskies return to a bowl game this season, it won’t be despite the first-year starting quarterback. If the Huskies return to a bowl, it’ll be because of the first-year starting quarterback.
As for those preseason rankings that determined the Huskies’ first-year starting quarterback 12th out of 12 in the Pac-12?
“I don’t look at quarterback ratings,” Price said. “I just come out every day and try to win.”
On that count – it’s 2-0 – Keith Price is tied for the national lead. Todd Milles wrote a story on senior receivers Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar making their presence felt after being a non-factor last week.
The week of preparation leading up to the Hawaii game was intense and sometimes ruthless. Coaches rode the players hard. And Aguilar – who had an underwhelming fall camp leading up to an off game against Eastern – received as much of the criticism as anybody.
“They did ride me,” Aguilar said. “They told me I needed to be more motivated, be more of a leader and basically be the player I know I can be.”
“I believe I did have it coming,” Aguilar said. “I am more of a laid-back guy and don’t talk that much. But they wanted me to.”Here's the notebook that talks about the special helmets honoring the anniversary of 9-11
The 10-year anniversary has personal significance for Sarkisian, whose cousin died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. Danny Trant was a bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald, which was located on the 104th floor in the north tower.
“It just felt like the right thing to do,” Sarkisian said.
The third-year UW coach helped design the look of the helmet. He introduced it to his players Wednesday.
“I though it was classy,” Sarkisian said. “I thought it looked great, and it wasn’t over the top.”