University of Washington quarterback Jake Browning threw 5 touchdown passes in leading 8th ranked Washington (2-0) to a 59 to 14 win over the Idaho Vandals ( 1-1) at Husky Stadium Saturday in front of 60,678 fans.
Keishawn Bierria recovered an Idaho fumble on the opening kickoff on the Vandal 21 yard line to set up Browning and the Husky offense for their first score. Browning hit Dante Pettis from 21 yards out for the Huskies first score 16 seconds into the game.
The Husky offense sputtered on its next three offensive possessions before Browning found his rhythm to lead Washington to four consecutive scores three of which were scoring passes in the second quarter.
Browning started the scoring barrage with a seven yard pass to Dante Pettis, then followed it up with a 30 yard toss to Chico McClatcher to stretch Washington’s lead to 21 -0. Myles Gaskins scooted in from seven yards out to stretch Washington’s lead to 28-0 and give Browning’s arm a temporary respite.
Browning finished the scoring onslaught with a nine yard pass to John Ross to give the Huskies the 35-0 lead at halftime.
Browning’s hot streak continued into the third quarter as he hit John Ross with an eight yard pass for his fifth touchdown of the game during the Huskies first drive in the second half. The pass was Brownings last of the game as he gave way to back up K.J Carta-Samuels who finished the game at quarterback.
With both teams playing backups, the Vandals where able to score two touchdowns before Washington closed out the scoring with 34 yard field goal by Cameron Van Winkle and a 46 yard interception return for a touchdown by Connor O’Brien.
While the Husky rushing game struggled for the second consecutive game with a team total of 126 rushing yards. Despite the subpar running performance, Husky head coach Chris Petersen was pleased with his teams effort.
Browning finished the game with 294 passing yards and completed 23 passes on 28 attempts. Browning joined Keith Price (2012), Jake Locker (2010) and Chris Rowland (1973) as the only Huskies to throw five touchdown passes in a game.
Washington will finish the season opening three game homestand next Saturday against Portland State 5:00 p.m. PT.
The Vandals will be Pullman to take on the Washington State Cougars.