STANFORD, Calif. — Albert Sankey soaked up the sun near Gate 1 outside Stanford Stadium, his sunglasses hanging from the neck of his purple T-shirt, right next to a small black ESPN microphone.
“I just want the sun to shine in my eyes,” he said.
The 68-year-old grandfather of Washington star Bishop Sankey was attending his first Huskies game since UW’s trip to LSU last year. This night promised to be much different, though.
Fifteen days after having a cornea transplant in his right eye, Grandpa Sankey was at Stanford to watch — and see — Bishop play for the Huskies for the first time.
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“I’m just elated,” he said, standing next to his son, Chris, Bishop’s father.
Grandpa Sankey was confident, too.
“We’re going to the Rose Bowl!” he said. “We can do it.”
An ESPN camera man was following Grandpa Sankey before the game Saturday night, and ESPN planned to have him mic’ed up during the game, too.
Albert Sankey remains blind in his left eye, as he has been since the early 1980s. After a long bout with glaucoma, he lost vision in his right eye about five years ago, when Bishop was in middle school.
Stanford’s Ty Montgomery burst through a massive hole at the 15-yard line and ran 99 yards virtually untouched to stake the Cardinal to a 7-0 lead over UW.
It was the first time the Huskies had allowed any points in the first quarter this season and the first time UW trailed at any point.
It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown that UW has allowed since USC’s Marqise Lee returned one 88 yards on Nov. 12, 2011.
The Huskies came into the game as the most-penalized team in the country, and they added five more in the first 12 minutes of the game.
One of those, a holding call on the UW offensive line, negated a first down on UW’s first drive, forcing a punt.
They finished with 10 penalties for 89 yards.
• The Huskies wore their shiny gold helmets for the second week in a row.
• Backup defensive lineman Connor Cree returned after missing the Arizona game with an unspecified injury.
|All home games at Husky Stadium in Seattle.|
|Aug. 31||Boise St.||W, 38-6|
|Sept. 14||at Illinois||W, 34-24|
|Sept. 21||Idaho St.||W, 56-0|
|Sept. 28||Arizona||W, 31-13|
|Oct. 5||at Stanford||Late|
|Oct. 12||Oregon||1 p.m., Fox 1|
|Oct. 19||at Ariz. St.||TBA|
|Nov. 15||at UCLA||6 p.m., ESPN2|
|Nov. 23||at Ore. St.||TBA|
|Nov. 29||Wash. St.||12:30, Ch. 13|
|Note: All times subject to change. Pac-12 championship game is Dec. 7.|
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