Scores
FIGHT HUNGER BOWL

Final

BYU 16

(8-5)

(25) Washington 31

(9-4)

Coverage: ESPN

9:30 PM ET, December 27, 2013

1 2 3 4 T
BYU 0 16 0 016
#25WASH 7 14 7 331

Top Performers

Passing: T. Hill (BYU) - 293 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Hill (BYU) - 31 CAR, 133 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Hoffman (BYU) - 12 REC, 167 YDS

Bishop Sankey powers Washington past BYU in Fight Hunger Bowl

Associated Press
100 Yard Kickoff Return For TD
Justin Sorensen kickoff for 65 yards returned by John Ross for 100 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A tumultuous month that started with coach Steve Sarkisian leaving for another job ended with a milestone win for Washington.

Bishop Sankey ran for 95 yards and two scores to tie Washington's career touchdown record, and the Huskies went on to beat BYU 31-16 in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Friday night.

"I can't say enough about these guys," interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo said. "They wanted it, and through some turmoil, they stayed focused, they came together as a team and came here with a purpose."

Keith Price added a 16-yard TD pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and John Ross returned a kick 100 yards for another score to help the Huskies (9-4) win their most games since going 11-1 and winning the Rose Bowl in 2000.

The game capped a whirlwind stretch for the Huskies that began with Sarkisian leaving for Southern California. Chris Petersen was hired away from Boise State to take over at Washington, and Tuiasosopo coached the bowl game on an interim basis. The Huskies won just their second bowl game since Tuiasosopo led them to that Rose Bowl win over Purdue 13 years ago.

"We all know what he's done here as a player," Sankey said. "It makes it that much easier when a coach leaves when you have a guy like Coach Tui."

Taysom Hill threw for 293 yards and ran for 133 yards and a score, and Justin Sorensen kicked three field goals for the Cougars (8-5), who had their four-game bowl winning streak snapped.

Sorensen also missed one in the third quarter after an interception by Robertson Daniel gave BYU prime field position, and the Cougars allowed two long kickoff returns, including one for a touchdown.

"Taysom led our team really well," coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "He played hard, he played physical. He gave us a great chance to win the game and stay in it. I told my team I was proud of them. I liked how hard they played. Our special teams needed to execute better."

The defense led the way for Washington, holding the Cougars to four field goal attempts and one touchdown on five drives inside the Huskies' 30.

The Huskies were much more efficient on their scoring drives, with Sankey scoring on a pair of 11-yard runs in the first half to give him 38 career touchdowns, tying the school record held by George Wilson (1923-25).

"Bishop has done a great job of carrying us all season," Price said. "We know we need to feed the horse. He's been a workhorse for us all year."

Price then led a touchdown drive to open the third quarter, capping it with a well-placed throw to Seferian-Jenkins on third-and-8 to make it 28-16. Seferian-Jenkins said after the game he will leave school early to enter the NFL draft.

"It has nothing to do with Coach Petersen," he said. "I have a lot of respect for him, but ultimately it was a family and financial decision."

Price went 17-for-23 for 123 yards before leaving with an apparent rib injury in the second half.

Sankey also sat out the fourth quarter because of a hand injury, but it didn't matter. Backup quarterback Cyler Miles had a 32-yard run to set up Travis Coons' 45-yard field goal that made it 31-16 midway through the fourth.

A strong defensive effort led by Hau'oli Kikaha (three sacks) and John Timu (14 tackles, one sack and an interception) kept BYU off the scoreboard for the entire second half as the Huskies moved their safeties closer to the line of scrimmage to take away short passes.

"Guys come up and load the box, we need to be able to throw the ball," Hill said. "As a quarterback, that's what you want. They came down in man pressure, pushed us out of bounds and we missed a few opportunities that way. Not only that, but if the protection holds up a little longer, then we give guys on the outside and inside long enough to work the routes and get open."

Tuiasosopo was aggressive in his first game as head coach, going for it twice in the first quarter on fourth-and-short. Sankey converted the first but was stopped for a 9-yard loss by Kyle Van Noy on the second try.

That was one of the few times the Cougars stopped Sankey, who scored on Washington's first and last possessions of the first half to give the Huskies a 21-16 lead at the break.

The game made history by being the first in the Football Bowl Subdivision with two female officials. Sarah Thomas was the line judge and Maia Chaka was the head linesman based on their work in Conference USA this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BYU
WASH
1st Downs2819
Total Yards473319
Passing293129
Rushing180190
Penalties5-505-24
3rd Down Conversions7-205-15
4th Down Conversions1-31-3
Turnovers11
Possession32:0227:58

Passing Leaders

BYUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hill25/482936.101
WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Price17/221235.611

Rushing Leaders

BYUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hill311334.3119
Williams12312.608
WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sankey21954.5217
Price7304.3020

Receiving Leaders

BYURECYDSAVGTDLG
Hoffman1216713.9023
Ridley45714.3023
WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith5438.6014
Seferian-Jenkins33712.3117

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBYUWASH
TD08:55Bishop Sankey 11 Yd Run (Travis Coons Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERBYUWASH
TD12:10Taysom Hill 1 Yd Run (Justin Sorensen Kick) 77
TD11:57John Ross 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Travis Coons Kick) 714
FG08:22Justin Sorensen 45 Yd 1014
FG03:46Justin Sorensen 31 Yd 1314
TD02:36Bishop Sankey 11 Yd Run (Travis Coons Kick) 1321
FG00:00Justin Sorensen 32 Yd 1621
THIRD QUARTERBYUWASH
TD11:12Austin Seferian-Jenkins 16 Yd Pass From Keith Price (Travis Coons Kick) 1628
FOURTH QUARTERBYUWASH
FG07:53Travis Coons 45 Yd 1631