Backup QB Jake Haener leaves No. 13 Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — Backup quarterback Jake Haener is leaving No. 13 Washington after losing a camp battle for the starting job to Georgia transfer Jacob Eason.
No. 13 Washington names Jacob Eason starting quarterback
SEATTLE (AP) — No. 13 Washington has named Georgia transfer Jacob Eason its starting quarterback for the season opener against Eastern Washington.
Defending Pac-12 champs need to replace significant talent
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington coach Chris Petersen has been here before. The Huskies lose significant talent only to replenish the roster and continue what's been an upward trend during his...
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's Jacob Eason was arguably the most accomplished scout team quarterback in the country last season.
Not many QBs who spent last season running the plays used by...
Ohio State, Washington welcome a more traditional Rose Bowl
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — It will be a Rose Bowl of firsts when No. 5 Ohio State faces No. 9 Washington.
Washington loads up on defense in early signing period
SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Petersen loaded up on defense with 12 of Washington's 20 signees during the early signing period coming on that side of the ball.
Washington's top recruit Wednesday was defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele, the top-rated player in Hawaii. But the Huskies' success on the islands didn't stop there. They also got defensive lineman Sama Pa'ama, linebacker Miki Ah You, offensive lineman Julius Buelow and kicker Tim Horn.
Ohio State to face Washington in 105th Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Ohio State's consolation prize for missing out on the College Football Playoff is a classic matchup in the Granddaddy of Them All.
No. 10 Washington beats No. 17 Utah 10-3 for Pac-12 title
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — On a night when neither offense could do much of anything, it was only fitting that a pass that bounced off a receiver's hands and leg turned into the winning play.
Byron Murphy returned a deflected interception 66 yards for the game's only touchdown to lead No. 10 Washington to a 10-3 victory over No. 17 Utah in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night and a berth in the Rose Bowl.
No. 10 Washington getting boost with return of Hunter Bryant
SEATTLE (AP) — If there was any question whether tight end Hunter Bryant was back to being the kind of difference-maker Washington expected before injuries derailed most of his first two seasons, a two-play sequence against Washington State told the story.
Oregon State ends season with a drubbing in the Civil War
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith knew this wasn't going to be easy.
The former Beavers quarterback returned to Corvallis and wrapped up his first season as a head coach with a 2-10 record, dropping eight of nine in Pac-12 play.
After a stint as quarterbacks coach at Washington under Chris Petersen, Smith took over an Oregon State team that won just one game in 2017 and lost its coach when Gary Andersen surprisingly stepped down in the middle of the season.
Snow Dawgs: No. 16 Washington topples No. 7 Wazzu 28-15
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Chris Petersen walked away from the party happening in the end zone where the Apple Cup was being passed around by his players for the sixth straight year. He reached down and grabbed a chunk of the snow that blanketed the turf of Martin Stadium and fired back at the snowballs being flung his way from his two sons.
No. 17 Washington builds big lead, beats Oregon State 42-23
SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Petersen thought he'd make it through his pregame speech the night before the final home game for Washington's seniors. Then he looked at quarterback Jake Browning, and Petersen's words trailed off.
Washington LT Trey Adams may return for fifth season
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington coach Chris Petersen says indications are that left tackle Trey Adams intends to return for a fifth season after missing most of this one because of a back injury.
"I think that's the plan right now," Petersen said Monday, "things are always fluid."
Petersen backs Browning as Huskies seek offensive answers
SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Petersen tried to make it clear Monday that his decision to bench quarterback Jake Browning during Washington's loss to California was an attempt to spark the Huskies' sluggish offense and not an indictment of his fourth-year senior quarterback.
Petersen wishes for do-over after Washington falters late
SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Petersen quietly delivered a message during his weekly media briefing that not everything is going wrong for Washington even as he prepared to field questions about what happened in the Huskies' loss to rival Oregon.
After unexpected scare, No. 7 Washington focused on Oregon
SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Petersen is taking No. 7 Washington this week back to the site of arguably his more important road victory since becoming the Huskies coach.
Washington's 70-21 thumping of Oregon two years ago ended a 12-game losing streak to the Ducks and still resonates in the Pacific Northwest. It made an emphatic statement that the Huskies intended on being the dominant program in the region again.
Gaskin runs for 2 TDs, No. 10 Washington beats UCLA 31-24
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Jake Browning is known for his arm, but the Washington quarterback showed that he can be elusive when on the run.
Browning threw for 265 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran for 49 yards and a score to lead the 10th-ranked Huskies to a 31-24 victory over UCLA on Saturday.
UCLA sees template for turnaround in No. 10 Washington
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Winless UCLA wants to be where No. 10 Washington is, contending for Pac-12 titles and berths in the College Football Playoff.
Though finding their breakthrough victory against the Huskies on Saturday night might be like the longest of long shots, the Bruins seem to have the right attitude necessary to achieve their long-term goal.
Improved protection, improved offense for No. 10 Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Petersen has said repeatedly that if Jake Browning is given the chance to scan the field and set his feet, it's awfully difficult to slow down Washington's senior quarterback.
The past two weeks have shown just how important the protection is for the efficiency of No. 10 Washington's offense and how much the Huskies offensive line has improved since the season opener against Auburn.
No. 20 BYU continues Pac-12 tour facing No. 11 Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Petersen got a firsthand look at BYU's Tanner Mangum many years ago when the quarterback was a high school star in Idaho and Petersen was still in charge at Boise State.
When Petersen started looking at film in preparation for Saturday's game between No. 11 Washington and No. 20 BYU, his memories of Mangum came flooding back, along with the realization of just how long it's been since Petersen was trying to get Magnum to Boise State.
No. 10 Washington’s defense dominating in early going
SEATTLE (AP) — The offense for No. 10 Washington may still have some things to figure out.
No. 10 Washington shuts down Utah in 21-7 victory
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Washington's defense is as strong as advertised once again.
The No. 10 Huskies smothered Utah for the better part of four quarters on the way to a 21-7 victory on Saturday night.
Nothing the Utes did on offense had a real impact as the game progressed, and Washington pounded and bruised Utah.
Three turnovers and a trio of fourth-quarter, fourth-down stops offered proof of Washington's defensive strength.
No. 10 Washington opens Pac-12 play against tough Utah team
When his team's schedule was finalized, Chris Petersen knew the opening month of the season for No. 10 Washington could end up being quite challenging.
The opener against Auburn was a given. But also lurking with almost as much potential difficulty was the Huskies' Pac-12 Conference opener: at Utah, at night and against an opponent that has given Washington fits in recent seasons.
College Football Picks: No. 17 Boise State gets a big chance
The ceiling for teams outside the Power Five in the College Football Playoff race seems to be set pretty low — as any Central Florida fan will be quick to point out.
Maybe Boise State can bust through it this year. To do so, Saturday's game at No. 24 Oklahoma State will be crucial for the 17th-ranked Broncos.
No. 10 Washington knows it must be better on offense vs Utah
SEATTLE (AP) — Whether it was the inability to get the run going or the mistakes a four-year starter like Jake Browning should not be making, No. 10 Washington could not have looked more unimpressive in what turned out to be a 42-point victory.
Not playing well and beating an FCS school is one thing. Not playing well on Saturday at Utah in the Huskies' Pac-12 Conference opener could lead to trouble.
No. 9 Washington hosts N. Dakota as warmup for Pac-12 play
SEATTLE (AP) — When Chris Petersen looked back at the reasons No. 9 Washington dropped its season opener, he noted a lot of areas where the Huskies made mistakes.
There may be no better way to work on those little details before the start of Pac-12 Conference play than facing an FCS program.
No. 6 Washington regrouping after opening loss to Auburn
SEATTLE (AP) — Now that all the hype around Washington's season-opening top-10 showdown against Auburn has passed, the Huskies can move on with the rest of their season.
It starts with regrouping after a loss that will leave the Pac-12 favorite trying to make up ground nationally.
Warning for Washington, Auburn: Kickoff Game can be critical
ATLANTA (AP) — One game does not make or break a season.
Especially the opener.
Then again, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has often been an accurate predictor of where the season is headed for both teams.
Keep that in mind when No. 6 Washington faces No. 9 Auburn on Saturday.
The ramifications of this first-of-September contest might still be lingering come December.
Petersen downplays No. 6 Washington carrying flag for Pac-12
SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Petersen wanted to make clear that No. 6 Washington is not carrying the weight of the entire Pac-12 into its opening matchup against No. 9 Auburn.
He also made certain to emphasize the Huskies aren't facing the entire Southeastern Conference when they travel to Atlanta.
Boise State truly Harsin’s team now as coach enters season 5
Bryan Harsin was standing back, letting his veteran players address the rest of their Boise State teammates when the realization hit him.
He's no longer the coach who just returned to the place he played and later coached as an assistant. He's no longer in charge of a program built largely around recruits brought in by one of his mentors, Chris Petersen.
About to begin his fifth season at his alma mater, it's Harsin's guys and truly his program now.
Coach Smith a feel-good story for Oregon St after tough year
Jonathan Smith is a feel-good story for an Oregon State team that really needs one.
The former Beavers quarterback filled the head-coaching vacancy left by Gary Andersen, who abruptly parted ways with the program last October after a 1-5 start. Cornerbacks coach Cory Hall served as interim head coach for the rest of the season, and the Beavers finished 1-11. Oregon State won just seven games during Andersen's 2½-season stint.
Huskies lead Pac-12 favorites in search of league redemption
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Petersen spent the past half-decade building a powerhouse at Washington, and his latest group is the strong favorite to win the Pac-12 title while leading the league's quest to regain national respectability.
Roaring jets trigger queasy memories for Chris Petersen
SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Petersen got a brief respite from the talk of the high expectations facing Washington on the eve of fall camp.
Rather than talking around questions about the Huskies being a likely top 10 team when the AP Top 25 is released later this month or about the opener against powerhouse Auburn, Petersen was able to deflect momentarily as jets roaring overhead allowed him to share a memory and show a side of himself rarely seen in a formal setting.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Washington is the overwhelming favorite to win the Pac-12 in the annual preseason poll of media members.
Coach Chris Petersen wasn't exactly celebrating Wednesday after Washington received 37 of 43 votes as the media's choice to win the Pac-12 for the second time in three years.
With just two quarterbacks currently on Northern Arizona’s roster for spring practice, the Lumberjacks appear set to add a former Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year at the position.
Daniel Bridge-Gadd, who spent the first two years of his collegiate career at Washington, will reportedly transfer to Northern Arizona with three seasons of eligibility remaining.
Washington begins spring football featuring some changes
SEATTLE (AP) — The start of spring football at Washington on Wednesday brought a new offensive coordinator, a new play-caller on defense and even a new highly hyped transfer quarterback still a year away from playing.
Even with all the change, it's still Chris Petersen's show with a team that includes a fourth-year starting quarterback, a fourth-year starting running back and plenty of high expectations.
Greg Hansen: Much work awaits Kevin Sumlin, whose time with Wildcats is just beginning
Rather than ride a shuttle to Boise’s Taco Bell Arena last week, I walked a mile or two on Broadway Avenue until I reached Albertsons Stadium. It’s the place with the blue turf.
The stadium itself is nothing stupefying; it is smaller, 36,387 capacity, than every football stadium in the Pac-12 except the one at Washington State. It’s not even a tough ticket any more: Average attendance at Albertsons Stadium last year was a trifling 31,126.
Scott Frost wins Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of Year Award
HOUSTON (AP) — Scott Frost has one final award to share with the University of Central Florida.
The former UCF coach and new Nebraska boss received the Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Award on Wednesday night.
"It's an honor. Obviously, he's one of the greats," Frost said about Bryant. "This is a team award. I'm just happy to represent the players and coaches that had such a phenomenal year."
Frost is first since former Boise State coach Chris Petersen in 2009 with a non-Power 5 program.
Huskies still have steps to take in joining national elite
SEATTLE (AP) — In four seasons, Chris Petersen has completely remodeled Washington, changed the culture of the program, won a conference title, twice played in a New Year's Six bowl game, and once played in the College Football Playoff.
It's an impressive resume in a short span. But there still another step for the Huskies in order to truly be part of the national elite.
Washington allows 13 third-down conversions in Fiesta loss
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — No. 9 Penn State's dismantling of what had been an elite Washington defense in the Fiesta Bowl came down to the Huskies' inability to stop the Nittany Lions on third down with any regularity, and the play of Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley.
McSorley picked apart the 11th-ranked Huskies with his arm, passing for 342 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for 60 yards Saturday in the Penn State's 35-28 victory.
No. 9 Penn State faces No. 12 Washington in Fiesta Bowl
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Penn State and Washington had national-title aspirations dashed with midseason losses.
Both teams shook off those losses to reach the Fiesta Bowl, giving the big game in the desert another marquee match-up.
Penn State's yard-churning rushing offense against Washington's stingy defense. The Huskies' high-scoring offense against the Nittany Lions' low-scoring defense.
No. 12 Washington inks top recruiting class of 18 players
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington has signed a recruiting class of 18 players in the early signing period that ranks as the best of Chris Petersen's coaching career.
The rankings mattered little Wednesday to Petersen, who joked he hoped his class ranked "85th" in the country. Washington's class is ranked 11th by 247sports.com and tops in the Pac-12.
College Football: Roseburg graduate Jake Cookus rehired on OSU coaching staff
Jake Cookus is staying with the Beavers.
The 1997 Roseburg High School graduate and former Oregon State University safety was named to Jonathan Smith's coaching staff Thursday as special teams coordinator.
Smith, who was recently selected the Beavers' head coach after serving as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Chris Petersen at Washington, announced Cookus as one of six hires to his staff.
Washington hires Bush Hamdan as offensive coordinator
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington has moved quickly to fill its opening for offensive coordinator, hiring Bush Hamdan, the quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons.
Washington announced the hiring Sunday, though Hamdan won't take over his new role until the NFL season is over.
He replaces Jonathan Smith, who was named head coach at Oregon State earlier this week.
BOISE – Boise State fans wanting a shot at Oregon should be rooting for former coach Chris Petersen and Washington today when the final College Football Playoff rankings are released.
The Broncos locked up a spot in the Las Vegas Bowl with Saturday’s 17-14 win over Fresno State, but who Boise State is matched up against won’t be known until the College Football Playoff selection show at 10 a.m. today.
Jonathan Smith promised one thing in his introductory press conference as Oregon State University's 30th head football coach: authenticity.
"Oregon State fits me and I fit Oregon State," Smith said during his opening remarks. "This is a great place and I'm excited to raise a family in this place."
As the first former OSU player to be the Beavers' head coach, Smith has a passion about the school and the community that he believes will help him sell both to recruits.
Jonathan Smith introduced as head coach at Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Jonathan Smith introduced himself as head coach of the Oregon State Beavers with a simple message.
"It is great to be home," Smith said to applause from boosters gathered at a news conference on campus Thursday, a day after he was named to the job.
Smith, a former Oregon State quarterback who led the team to a Fiesta Bowl victory following the 2000 season, comes to the Beavers from Washington, where he was quarterbacks coach under coach Chris Petersen.
Oregon St hires former Beavers QB Smith as coach
Jonathan Smith is returning to where he started.
Washington's co-offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith has been hired by Oregon State to be the Beavers' head coach, the school formally announced Wednesday night.
Oregon State has been in the market for a new coach since Gary Andersen surprisingly stepped down in early October after a 1-5 start, with the victory coming over lower-division Portland State.