View Count: 139 |  Publish Date: December 28, 2013
Washington gives Tuiasosopo perfect start to coaching career

If Marques Tuiasosopo does nothing else in his career, at least he can say he was undefeated as a head football coach.
Washingtons interim coach walked off the field at AT&T Park on Friday night with a 1-0 record after his Huskies scored a 31-16 victory over BYU in the 12th annual Fight Hunger Bowl.
Tuiasosopo, the former Raiders backup quarterback, was elevated from quarterbacks coach to interim head man when Steve Sarkisian left for USC. Boise States Chris Petersen was hired to replace Sarkisian and as of Saturday, hes in charge and Tuiasosopo is out of work.
Tuiasosopos interim players doused him with a bucket of interim water after the game for an interim job well done.
And AT&T is done as a football-hosting facility. Friday nights game ended a 12-year run in San Francisco for the Fight Hunger Bowl, which in 2014 moves to Santa Clara and the 49ers new palace, Levis Stadium.
By the time Washingtons starting quarterback, Keith Price, left the game early in the fourth quarter with a rib injury, the damage had been done.
The Huskies were up 28-16, having shut out BYU in the second half, no simple matter given the slippery nature of quarterback Taysom Hill, who had 395 yards in total offense - 252 passing and 143 rushing.
The Huskies added a 45-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to go up 31-16. Washington finished the season 9-4. BYU is 8-5.
BYU wasted a great chance to narrow Washingtons lead late in the third quarter when Justin Sorensen pulled a 44-yard field goal try wide left. Cornerback Robertson Daniel had set up the Cougars at the Huskies 26-yard line with an interception of Price.
The Huskies moved out to a 28-16 on their first drive of the second half when Price found 6-foot-6, 276-pound tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins on a 16-yard touchdown pass at 11:12. Washington had moved smartly down the field, covering 62 yards on 10 plays, with the big play being a 20-yard scramble by Price.
Kicking field goals instead of scoring touchdowns was the reason BYU trailed at halftime 21-16 despite dominating the offensive statistics. The Cougars ran off 52 plays in the first half for 297 yards compared to 32 plays for 145 yards for the Huskies.
Justin Sorensen converted on field goals of 45, 31 and 32 yards for BYU while Washingtons Sankey scored a pair of touchdowns, both from 11 yards out. BYUs Hill rushed for 77 yards and passed for 185 on 16 completions in 26 attempts.
Sankey scored on his second 11-yard touchdown run of the first half at 2:36 of the second quarter to put Washington up 21-13. The drive was a short one, 35 yards, after Jesse Callier returned a BYU kickoff 47 yards.
An efficient drive by the Cougars late in the second quarter resulted in a 31-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen and a 14-13 score in favor of Washington.
The tie score following Hills 1-yard touchdown run lasted all of 13 seconds. Washingtons John Ross took the kickoff four yards deep and covered the length of the field into the end zone to put the Huskies up 14-7 with 11:57 to go before halftime.
It was the longest kickoff return in Fight Hunger Bowl history, officially 100 yards since the depth into the end zone is not counted in college football.
John Crumpacker is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: Twitter: @crumpackeroncal

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