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             === Sankey runs wild as Washington downs Illinois ===
 
 Chicago,  IL (Sports  Network) -  Bishop  Sankey rushed  for 208  yards and  a
 touchdown  on 35 carries  while adding three catches for 63 yards and a score,
 as No. 19 Washington held off Illinois, 34-24, on Saturday in a non-conference
 matchup at Soldier Field.
 
 Keith Price passed for 342 yards and two touchdowns on 28-of-35 passing, while
 Jesse  Callier  carried the ball  six times  for 66 yards  and a score for the
 Huskies (2-0), who posted an impressive 38-6 victory over Boise State in their
 season-opener prior to last week's bye.
 
 Nathan Scheelhaase completed just 9-of-25 passes for 156 yards, one touchdown,
 and  one interception while  adding 21 yards and a score on 12 carries for the
 Fighting Illini (2-1), who were coming off a 45-17 victory over Cincinnati.
 
 "You  saw last  week with Cincinnati that  we were able to put the pressure on
 them  early,  but today  we felt  like we left  points out  there in the first
 half," Scheelhaase said.
 
 After Illinois kicker Taylor Zalewski missed a 41-yard field goal early in the
 second stanza, Price put his squad on the board less than three minutes later.
 
 The  Washington  signal-caller completed all five  of his passes on an 8-play,
 77-yard  series that he  capped with a short dump off to Sankey, who scampered
 31  yards down the  right sideline to make it 7-0 just under four minutes into
 the second.
 
 Zalewski  connected on  a 40-yard field goal on Illinois' ensuing touch to get
 the  Illini  on the board,  but Travis Coons nailed  a 23-yarder in the waning
 seconds of the half to send the Huskies into the break with a 10-3 edge.
 
 Washington  extended its  lead on  the opening  touch of  the second  half, as
 Sankey carried the load on a 7-play, 75-yard trek that the running back capped
 with a 1-yard TD surge to make it 17-3 less than two minutes into the third.
 
 Scheelhaase  countered with a scoring march of his own, converting a 3rd-and-7
 from the Washington 33 with an 11-yard pass to Martize Barr.
 
 After  three  straight runs moved the  Illini to the Washington 2, Scheelhaase
 bootlegged  to  his right and surged  into the end  zone for a 2-yard score to
 bring Illinois within 17-10 with 9:14 left in the third.
 
 On  Washington's  ensuing touch, Price  picked up a  first down with a 14-yard
 strike  to  Kevin Smith on  3rd-and-4 before Callier  broke free for a 39-yard
 score to push Washington's lead to 24-10 midway through the third.
 
 After  a quick three-and-out from the Illini, Price completed all three of his
 passes on a 5-play, 78-yard scoring strike, culminating in a 9-yard TD toss to
 Jaydon Mickens to make it 31-10.
 
 Illinois  answered on  its next play from scrimmage, as Scheelhaase found Ryan
 Lankford  streaking  down the middle  of the field  for a 72-yard touchdown to
 trim the Illini's deficit to 31-17 with 3:16 left in the third.
 
 Illinois  cut into the margin early in the fourth, as wide receiver Miles Osei
 received  a toss  on a reverse before  firing down the field for Matt LaCosse,
 who hauled in the 35-yard reception at the Washington 19.
 
 Facing  4th-and-1  from  the  Washington  10  later  in  the  drive,  freshman
 quarterback  Aaron Bailey kept it himself and went untouched into the end zone
 off the left side for a 10-yard score to bring Illinois within 31-24 with 9:10
 remaining.
 
 Washington  chewed  up over 4 1/2  minutes of clock on its ensuing possession,
 but the drive stalled inside the Illinois 20 and the Huskies settled for a 32-
 yard field goal from Coons to push the margin to 34-24 with 4:44 left.
 
 After  converting a 3rd-and-6 with an 11-yard scamper on Illinois' next touch,
 Scheelhaase  was hit  as  he  threw and  the  ball ended  up  in  the arms  of
 Washington's Gregory Duce to give the Huskies possession with 3:51 remaining.
 
 Washington  then went  to its workhorse, feeding Sankey on five straight plays
 to run out the remainder of the clock.
 
 "I  think we  did a good job,  digging deep down the stretch and we finished,"
 Sankey said. "We knew we just had to take it upon ourselves and fix the things
 that we needed to fix and just finish."
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Washington  holds  a 6-4 lead in  the all-time series against Illinois ... The
 Huskies  outgained Illinois,  615-327 ... Smith finished with five catches for
 104  yards for  the Huskies ... Lankford  hauled in three passes for 100 yards
 for Illinois.
 
 
 
 09/14 23:20:14 ET