The Washington Huskies narrowly escaped Hawaii with a 17-16 win as quarterback Jeff Lindquist struggled while filling in for the suspended Cyler Miles.
No. 25 Washington opened their season on the road at Hawaii as head coach Chris Petersen made his Washington coaching debut. The Huskies had a big scare to begin the game but escaped with a 17-16 victory.
The Rainbow Warriors jumped out to a 10-0 lead on a touchdown by running back Joey Iosefa and a field goal by Tyler Hadden. The Huskies fought back with a 20-yard touchdown run by wide receiver John Ross.
Iosefa led the Rainbow Warriors in rushing with 143 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, and quarterback Ikaika Woolsey was held to 207 yards on 23-of-42 passing with no touchdowns.
In the second quarter, Ross made another big play by catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Jeff Lindquist and running it for 91 yards.
After Cameron Van Winkle made it a 17-10 halftime lead, Hadden made two more field goals to bring the Rainbow Warriors within one point with just under 13 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Huskies played tough defense though, and running back Lavon Coleman was able to run out the clock on the Huskies’ final drive and finished with 78 yards on 17 carries.
Lindquist struggled in his bid to steal the starting job as he only completed 10-of-26 of his passes for 162 yards, and many of those yards came from Ross’ touchdown reception.