Scores

Final

Idaho 23

(1-1, 1-0 Sun Belt)

Washington 42

(1-1, 1-1 home)

3:30 PM ET, September 12, 2009

Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA

1 2 3 4 T
IDHO 3 6 7 723
WASH 7 14 14 742

Top Performers

Passing: J. Locker (WASH) - 253 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: C. Polk (WASH) - 19 CAR, 80 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Komar (IDHO) - 5 REC, 111 YDS

Locker's 253 passing yards, 3 TDs help Washington stop skid at 15

Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Washington ended the nation's longest losing streak at 15 games and gave new coach Steve Sarkisian his first victory, beating Idaho 42-23 on Saturday.

Using his arm far more than his feet, Huskies quarterback Jake Locker was 17 of 25 for 253 yards and three touchdowns.

Sarkisian's first win came as Washington (1-1) scored touchdowns on its first five possessions -- minus a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half -- making up for a Huskies defense that Idaho (1-1) showed continues to be leaky against the pass.

Locker tossed touchdowns of 24, 31 and 4 yards and added a 3-yard TD run of his own as Washington picked up its first victory since Nov. 17, 2007 when it beat California.

It's been nearly two calendar years of misery for the Huskies. A spark came from last week's game effort against LSU, a 31-23 loss to the Tigers that raised the hopes of Washington fans who became disenchanted during the forgettable 0-12 effort a year ago.

The 15-game losing streak matched the longest skid in conference history, joining Oregon State (1990-91 and 1995-96). For Locker, it was his first victory since Nov. 3, 2007 at Stanford, having missed the Huskies win two weeks later against California with an injury.

But Washington's defense showed it still has a long way to go in defending the pass, especially with USC coming to town next week. Defensive coordinator Nick Holt was so frustrated, he was regularly screaming, punching the air and walking all the way out to the numbers to yell at his defense.

Quarterback Nathan Enderle threw for 279 yards -- part of the 349 total passing yards by the Vandals. But Idaho had to settle for field goals of 44, 28 and 34 yards by Trey Farquhar on three trips inside the Washington 20 in the first half.

"We moved the football pretty well and we'd get down to the red zone and kind of stall ourselves and didn't capitalize," Enderle said. "We could have had 12 more points in the first half alone if we would have just scored touchdowns and that's a huge swing."

Enderle then made his one crucial mistake on the first possession of the second half.

After Washington's Curtis Shaw fumbled the second half kickoff and Idaho recovered, Enderle faced a third-and-4 at the Washington 25. Throwing toward the near sideline, Enderle's pass found the hands of linebacker Mason Foster, who returned the turnover 56 yards to the Idaho 21. Four plays later, and after Locker hit D'Andre Goodwin for 20 yards to the 1 on third down, Chris Polk plowed in for his first touchdown of the season.

Idaho went three-and-out on its next possession and Locker needed just two plays to make it 35-9 on his 2-yard TD pass to Chris Izbicki.

The Vandals ended up out-gaining Washington 412 to 374, but were hampered by eight penalties and an inability to get Washington off the field. The Huskies were 11 of 14 on third down.

For the second straight week, Locker looked just as comfortable throwing as he had in the past instantly taking off on the run when nothing developed. His best play came on Washington's opening drive when on third-and-14 Locker scrambled away from three potential sacks and fired a 35-yard completion to Goodwin inside the Idaho 10 setting up his TD run.

Locker was 6-for-6 on the Huskies next drive, capped by a perfect screen pass to Johri Fogerson for a 24-yard score. Locker capped his stellar first half getting Idaho's safeties to bite on a play-action fake and finding James Johnson on a 31-yard TD pass.

Fogerson added a 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Idaho's touchdowns came on runs of 4 and 6 yards by De'Maundray Woolridge, the second score coming with 13 seconds left.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IDHO
WASH
1st Downs2020
Total Yards412374
Passing349253
Rushing63121
Penalties8-724-45
3rd Down Conversions4-1211-14
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers11
Possession32:2927:31

Passing Leaders

IdahoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Enderle22/332798.501
WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Locker17/2525310.130

Rushing Leaders

IdahoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Woolridge7415.9215
Jackson6183.007
WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Polk19804.2119
Shaw5193.807

Receiving Leaders

IdahoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Komar511122.2033
Hardy610317.2029
WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Goodwin38327.7035
Johnson34816.0131

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERIDHOWASH
TD06:24Jake Locker 3 Yd Run (Erik Folk Kick) 07
FG00:13Trey Farquhar 44 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTERIDHOWASH
TD10:47Johri Fogerson 24 Yd Pass From Jake Locker (Erik Folk Kick) 314
FG06:16Trey Farquhar 28 Yd 614
TD01:31James Johnson 31 Yd Pass From Jake Locker (Erik Folk Kick) 621
FG00:00Trey Farquhar 34 Yd 921
THIRD QUARTERIDHOWASH
TD12:11Chris Polk 1 Yd Run (Erik Folk Kick) 928
TD10:17Chris Izbicki 2 Yd Pass From Jake Locker (Erik Folk Kick) 935
TD03:58DeMaundray Woolridge 4 Yd Run (Trey Farquhar Kick) 1635
FOURTH QUARTERIDHOWASH
TD09:15Johri Fogerson 2 Yd Run (Erik Folk Kick) 1642
TD00:13DeMaundray Woolridge 6 Yd Run (Trey Farquhar Kick) 2342