SEATTLE — Utah safety Chase Hansen didn’t walk off the field the last time the Utes played at Husky Stadium. In a 34-23 win here in 2015, Hansen broke his leg on the final play of the game, spoiling his first collegiate start. It came at the end of a spirited performance that included a game-high 11 tackles with a forced fumble and a pass breakup.
On Saturday, Hansen didn’t play a single down in his return to Seattle. The junior made the trip but did not dress because of an unspecified injury.
Hansen has had quite a run in his career against the Huskies. He had nine tackles and an interception against them last year in Salt Lake City.
The first game at Washington, though, was especially meaningful — except for breaking his leg.
“I remember playing a full game of football for the first time in a long time, and it was a lot of fun,” Hansen said. “I remember making mistakes. I remember Jared Norris screaming at me, telling me to do this. I remember it was raining. I remember it was a fun atmosphere, and it was a great game.”
Even so, the ending overshadowed it.
“Because that affected me for a long time,” he said.
ANOTHER RETURN: Utah backup quarterback Troy Williams began his college football career at Washington in 2014. Saturday wasn’t his first return to Seattle. He came back once after transferring to Santa Monica College and prior to signing with Utah.
“I went and visited for a couple of days, but I haven’t been for two years,” he said earlier this week. “So it’ll be good to get back out there.”
Williams acknowledged that several of his Utah teammates asked him what to expect at Husky Stadium. He noted that it would be “a great environment” and “good football weather.”
The latter, however, wasn’t exactly the usual.
Although it was a bit chilly (temperatures in the low 40s) at kickoff, there was no rain.
Williams said the combination of wet and cold makes for what Washington folks refers to as “dawg weather.”
REALLY LOUD: In keeping with practice procedure, the Utes blared loud crowd noise and music into the Eccles Field House while preparing for the game.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham noted it’s something the Utes do every week — for the offense prior to road games and for the defense in weeks before home games.
Husky Stadium, Whittingham explained, is an especially loud venue. He noted that the acoustics really amplify things.
EXTRA POINTS: Starting defensive end Kylie Fitts and starting cornerback Casey Hughes did not make the trip because of unspecified injuries. Former Provo High receiver Ty Jones, a Washington freshman, entered the game with three catches for 25 yards over seven games. Junior right guard Jordan Agasiva returned to action after missing three games because of injury.