Chris Petersen leaving Boise State for Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Petersen is headed to Washington after finally being persuaded to leave Boise State.

Petersen agreed to become the Huskies' new football coach on Friday, leaving behind an unprecedented run of success with the

Broncos. The Huskies made the announcement Friday morning after Petersen reportedly met with Washington athletic director

Scott Woodward on Thursday night in Boise.

The decision was first reported by ESPN. Petersen met with his Boise State players Friday morning before the announcement

was made.

"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 will replace 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, turning the Broncos into a national program with two

Fiesta Bowl titles. 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.

The fact Washington was able to pry Petersen

out of Boise can be considered surprising after so many other schools


in the past and were rebuffed by the Broncos coach. He took over

for Dan Hawkins in 2006 and turned Boise State into the darling

of the BCS.

Whether it was the audacious trick plays that led to Boise State's first BCS upset of Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, or the

staggering run of victories with Kellen Moore at quarterback, Petersen was the one directing the Broncos' rise.

The Broncos won five conference

championships under Petersen and won 12 games in every season between

2008 and 2011. The Broncos

got as high as No. 2 in the AP Top 25 in 2010 and might have found

themselves playing in another BCS game if not for an overtime

loss at Nevada in the next-to-last game of the regular season.

But the Broncos seemed to plateau this past season. The year started with the blowout loss at Washington, the worst defeat

of Petersen's career. Boise State lost three more times on the road at Fresno State, at BYU and at San Diego State, and a

loss in a bowl game would leave the Broncos with five defeats for the first time since 1998, when they were in their third

season at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.

The struggles this season left some wondering if Petersen had already done all he could do at Boise State.

Petersen will inherit a program at

Washington coming off its first eight-win season since 2001. The Huskies

had been stuck

on seven wins the past three seasons but a 27-17 win over

Washington State in the Apple Cup changed the tenor of the Huskies'


Washington appeared on the verge of joining

the upper echelon of the conference this season but was turned back in


to Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State. Sarkisian never defeated

the Ducks in his tenure, which stuck with Washington fans

tired of getting beaten up by their neighbors to the south, and

that will be a primary task for Petersen. In his career, Petersen

is 2-0 against the Ducks.

Sarkisian was the first Washington coach to voluntarily leave for another position since Darrell Royal in 1956 when he departed

for Texas. Royal was at Washington for one season.