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No. 19 Huskies hope bye doesn’t stop momentum

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian talks at a news conference about his football team Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, in Seattle. Washington begins practice Monday afternoon. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Photo: Associated Press/(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

No. 19 Huskies hope bye doesn’t stop momentum

TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE (AP) — Before he knew that No. 19 Washington would come out and look dominant and impressive in its season opener, Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian wanted an early break.

He wanted the Huskies to have an early bye week after their opener against Boise State in order to take stock of how Washington looked with its new high-speed offense.

Little did Sarkisian know that the concern wouldn’t be how the Huskies operated, but whether they could keep the momentum from a dominant 38-6 victory going forward heading into Saturday’s game against Illinois at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Sarkisian said the bye worked perfectly. The Huskies were able to correct issues that arose with their faster offense in the opener and focus on problems with tackling.

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