CHICAGO (AP) — Keith Price wasn’t quite ready to celebrate, nor were his teammates.
Even though No. 19 Washington came away with a rare road win to remain unbeaten, this was hardly a perfect game.
Price threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Bishop Sankey ran for a career-high 208 yards and the Huskies held off Illinois 34-24 at Soldier Field on Saturday.
Josh Shirley added three 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 Syracuse in 2007, but as good as all that sounds, they were hardly content.
“We had a chance to finish them off,” Price said. “We didn’t do it. We let them crawl back in the game late.”
Washington (2-0) collected 615 yards in this one after racking up 592 and keeping high-powered Boise State without a touchdown in a 38-6 rout two weeks ago. But the Huskies had to hang on down the stretch.
They saw a 21-point lead in the third quarter dwindle to seven in the fourth, before sending Illinois (2-1) to its sixth straight loss against ranked opponents.