After all the other schools that called over the years and were sent away, it was Washington that finally hooked Chris Petersen.
Petersen will be the Huskies' football coach, making the decision to leave Boise State after eight seasons as the Broncos' head coach.
Petersen was offered the job Thursday night during a meeting with Washington Athletic Director Scott Woodward in Boise. After a night of sleep, Petersen called Friday morning to accept the position before meeting with his Boise State team.
He's leaving after an unprecedented run of success at Boise State: five conference titles, 92 victories, two Fiesta Bowl wins and credit for putting the Broncos on a national stage for more than just its blue turf field and trick plays.
"Coach Petersen's success and record are extraordinary, but even more impressive is the man himself," Woodward said in a statement released by the school. "His integrity, work ethic and character make him an outstanding fit and leader of our student-athletes at UW. We are thrilled and proud to call Coach Petersen a Husky."
Petersen replaces Steve Sarkisian, who went 34-29 in five seasons at Washington before leaving earlier this week to take the job at USC. Petersen was 92-12 in his eight seasons at Boise State. But he's coming off the worst regular season in his tenure with the Broncos after going 8-4, including a 38-6 loss at Washington in the season opener.
Bowling Green wins MAC championship
Matt Johnson threw four of his career-high five touchdown passes in the first half and Bowling Green routed No. 16 Northern Illinois, 47-27, on Friday night for the Mid-American Conference title, ending the Huskies' shot at playing in a marquee bowl game.
The Northern Illinois (12-1) loss improves the chances of Baylor or Oregon being an at-large team in a Bowl Championship Series bowl game.
Jordan Lynch ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns for the Huskies to break his own single-season record for yards rushing by a quarterback in major college football, but he didn't take advantage of an opportunity to impress Heisman Trophy voters.
The Falcons (10-3) won a MAC title for the first time since 1992 — just months after Johnson was born.
Lynch was 21 for 40 for 219 yards with a touchdown and two passes intercepted, including one in the fourth quarter that set up Johnson's fifth touchdown that put Bowling Green up, 40-20.
Sarkisian announces assistant hirings
USC Coach Steve Sarkisian announced the hiring of Washington linebackers coach Peter Sirmon and confirmed the hiring of Huskies assistants Johnny Nansen, who has coached running backs, special teams and the defensive line, and Keith Heyward, who coaches defensive backs.
Sarkisian previously confirmed that receivers coach Tee Martin would be retained.
"I'm fired up to have Johnny, Keith and Peter join the staff, as well as keeping Tee on board," Sarkisian said in a statement. "We're on the right path in putting together one of the best coaching staffs in America."
— Gary Klein