There was a lot to feel good about in this feel-good 31-16 win over the BYU Cougars. Keith Price – while getting dinged up towards the end of the game – still had a solid, Keith Price-esque game. Bishop Sankey ran for a couple touchdowns and had an overall solid game. ASJ – who declared after the game that he will turn pro in 2014 – added another touchdown to the pile. While Sankey said he’s still undecided, you have to figure that all three of our studs from 2013 will be gone, so it was nice that they all played well and went out on top.
That BYU quarterback did a lot of things well, running for 133 yards, throwing for 293 yards, and just generally being a pain in the ass all game long. But, to our credit, we mostly held BYU to field goals, and that was the difference in the game.
Just as this was the swan song for our Big 3, it was also the swan song for Justin Wilcox, who nailed down some righteous adjustments in the second half to hold BYU scoreless over the final two quarters. I’m disappointed to see him go, and I’m even more disappointed to see him go to USC, but I take solace in the fact that in a few years, he will defect from USC to be a head coach somewhere else. Ahh, the circle of life.
Mostly, I just feel happy for Tui. I don’t know if there is a place for him on Coach Pete’s new staff, but I’ve got the sinking feeling that there isn’t. We may eventually see him return sometime down the line, because I have no doubt that Tui will be an amazing head coach. Who knows, maybe after he gets his feet wet coaching some small school like Idaho State or something, we bring in Tui to replace Coach Pete a decade or so down the line.
This is a weird, scary time to be a Husky fan. A lot of unknowns out there surrounding the program. A lot for us to learn about the new staff, the new offensive scheme, the new players stepping up for legendary departing ones. It was nice, just for a night, to forget about all of that horseshit and just sit back and celebrate what has turned out to be a remarkable 2013 season. 9-4! It feels weird to say that We’re Back! But, doesn’t it kind of feel like we’re back? Or, at the very least, much closer to being “Back” than being “The Worthless Pile Of Crap” on the college football spectrum? Yeah.