SEATTLE — That went about as well as Washington could’ve hoped.
The 17th-ranked Huskies steamrolled Idaho State, 56-0, on Saturday afternoon before an announced crowd of 67,093 at Husky Stadium to end an undefeated march through the nonconference portion of their schedule.
Washington is 3-0 for the first time since 2001. The Huskies open Pac-12 Conference play next Saturday against Arizona (3-0) at Husky Stadium.
The Wildcats defeated UW, 52-17, in Tucson last season.
Save for 10 first-half penalties — six flagged against the UW offensive line — Keith Price and the revamped UW offense did just about anything they wanted against Idaho State (2-1), an FCS team from the Big Sky Conference.
The game got out of hand early, but those were stuck around in the fourth quarter put their hands together for a feel-good moment for UW’s Deontae Cooper. After three major knee injuries, the junior running back scored his first career touchdown on a 4-yard run in what turned out to be his most productive day for the Huskies.
Indeed, everyone seemed to get in on the action for UW.
UW receiver Jaydon Mickens lost a fumble on the Huskies’ first drive. Three plays later, UW’s Travis Feeney recovered a fumble by Idaho State quarterback Justin Arias.
Four plays after that, Bishop Sankey scored the Huskies’ first touchdown from 1 yard out at the 12:47 mark of the first quarter.
Sankey, the nation’s rushing leader entering the week, finished with just four carries for 77 yards, but the UW offense motored right along without him.
The Huskies led 21-0 and held Idaho State to minus-12 yards of offense by the end of the first quarter.
At halftime, UW led 42-0 after scoring a touchdown on six consecutive possessions, with six different Huskies getting into the end zone: Sankey, Jesse Callier and Price with rushing touchdowns, and Joshua Perkins, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Dwayne Washington with receiving touchdowns.
The Huskies outgained Idaho State, 397-20, in the first half. The Bengals had two first downs in the first two quarters; they had four players get their helmets popped off
Price was 16 of 21 for 213 yards with three touchdowns passes, one rushing score and no turnovers before being pulled with four minutes left in the second quarter. He gave way to redshirt freshman Cyler Miles, who saw him most significant action at quarterback for UW.
Miles connected with true freshman John Ross on a swing pass, with Ross bolting 57 yards for his first career touchdown and Miles’ first TD pass. That made it 49-0 midway through the third quarter.
Sean Parker and Cleveland Wallace had interceptions for the UW defense. Idaho State missed two field-goal attempts.
Senior Thomas Tutogi started at middle linebacker for UW in place of injured John Timu (shoulder), the Huskies’ leading tackler in 2012.