Here we go! Another season of Husky Football kicked off with a day game. It’s not often I have to apply some sunscreen before a game any more, but even with overcast conditions early I was happy to do so. On the drive down to campus, I settled back comfortably into my game day rituals. Despite the fact that I’m working on Saturdays at Husky Stadium, many of these traditions probably aren’t too different from most fans’: hauling a ridiculous amount of gear around (in my case camera equipment rather than a cooler and pop-up canopies)… picking up something for a friend’s tailgate (donuts for once!)… noting the flashes of purple on sidewalks and a few extra RVs on their way to E-1… wondering why emergency vehicles can’t be painted purple instead of red in the fall…
On game days I arrive at least three hours before kickoff. I work from the press box, preferring not to crowd the other photographers working on deadline down in the photo tent. So I have to show up early to claim a spot. They usually open the garage doors around this time, so I can listen to the Husky Band rehearsing one last time as I set up. The view up here isn’t terrible, and the sounds—even if they are recycled tunes for the varsity-alumni band show—mean one thing: Game Day!
The Dawgs opened the season against a foe that’s given them a surprising amount of trouble in the last couple meetings: the Eastern Washington University Eagles. Washington debuted highly-touted Jacob Eason at quarterback, and has an established defense now, so a close result would be a bit of a surprise. You could almost smell the lofty expectations wafting through the stadium. Eason held up his end of the bargain, passing for 349 yards and 4 touchdowns, as the Huskies beat the Eagles 47-14.
View the full collection of images from the game in the photo archive. Some highlights are below.