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UW outlasts Illinois in the Windy City
Bishop Sankey and teammates celebrate (USA Today)
Posted Sep 14, 2013
CHICAGO (AP) - Keith Price threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Bishop Sankey ran for a career-high 208 yards and No. 19 Washington got a rare road win, beating Illinois 34-24 at Soldier Field on Saturday.
added four sacks, and the Huskies came out on top after dropping seven of nine away from home. They hadn't won on the road outside the Pac-12 since beating
(2-0) had a tougher time in this one after keeping high-powered
without a touchdown and racking up 592 yards in a 38-6 win two weeks ago. The Huskies built a 21-point lead in the third quarter and hung on after it dwindled to seven in the fourth, sending
(2-1) to its sixth straight loss against ranked opponents.
The Illini cut it to 31-24 on Aaron Bailey's 10-yard run with 9:10 remaining, but Washington's
kicked a 32-yard field goal to make it a 10-point game with 4:44 left.
then picked off a deep pass by
, sealing the win for the Huskies.
Price completed 28 of 35 passes.
caught five passes for 104 yards, and Sankey came up big again after running for 161 yards in the opener. He scored a 31-yard touchdown on a screen in the first half and on a 1-yard run early in the third quarter.
The defense got to Scheelhaase with Shirley leading the way, and the Huskies won despite committing 12 penalties for 104 yards.
Illinois couldn't keep the momentum going after blowing out
With Hall of Famer and Chicago native Dick Butkus watching his alma mater play in the stadium where he starred for the Bears, the Illini couldn't get much going. Scheelhaase, off to his best start in four years as the No. 1 quarterback, was just 9 of 25 with 156 yards. He did connect on a 72-yard touchdown to
right when the Huskies looked like they were ready to pull away, but that was the lone bright spot for him.
That happened on the next play from scrimmage after
scored on a 9-yard pass to boost Washington's lead to 31-10. Instead of a blowout, Scheelhaase then hit Lankford for that TD, and things got real interesting after a trick play by Illinois in the fourth.
Bailey took the snap and faked a handoff before pitching to
, who then hit
for a 35-yard pass. That led to a 10-yard touchdown run by Bailey, cutting it to 31-24 with 9:10 remaining only to have Coons kick an insurance score for the Huskies a few minutes later.
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