Washington Walks Over Idaho, 53-3

Sept 22, 2001

By JANIE McCAULEY

AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE - Washington had another spectacular day on defense and specialteams and the offense finally managed to get untracked as the No. 13 Huskiesbeat Idaho 53-3 on Saturday.

The Huskies took control early, scoring on a kickoff return, blocked fieldgoal and punt return. Early in the second quarter, Washington led 24-3.

The Vandals took a big blow when they lost senior quarterback John Welsh inthe first quarter with a separated right shoulder.

Welsh released a pass that went complete for 20 yards to Chris Lacy in thefinal minute of the opening quarter and he was hit by Washington defensivetackle Terry Johnson.

The 6-foot-2, 213-pound Welsh left the game and did not return. He wasreplaced by sophomore backup Brian Lindgren.

Idaho (0-3), which lost here 44-20 last season after committing fiveturnovers, did not force Washington (2-0) to punt until the third quarter.

Washington's Roc Alexander ran a kickoff return back 95 yards for theHuskies' first touchdown and a 10-3 lead with 3:21 left in the first quarter.

Larry Tripplett blocked a 36-yard field-goal attempt by Brian Pope, andcornerback Chris Massey scooped up the ball and ran 69 yards into the end zoneas the first quarter expired. That put Washington up 17-3.

Freshman Charles Frederick started the second quarter with an 87-yard puntreturn for a touchdown. He had fumbled on his first punt return try in thefirst quarter.

It was a similar scene Sept. 8 when the Huskies came back in the fourthquarter to beat Michigan 23-18 behind some key plays on special teams anddefense.

Washington scored its first offensive touchdown of the season Saturday onquarterback Cody Pickett's 25-yard run with 5:40 left in the second quarter.The Huskies scored another four minutes later when Braxton Cleman ran 7 yardsinto the end zone to give Washington a 37-3 halftime lead.

Washington - which had a far different second game than if it had played No.1 Miami last weekend as scheduled - also lost key players to injury in thefirst quarter.

Standout tight end Jerramy Stevens broke his left foot. He went to thelocker room midway through the first quarter to have an X-ray and returned tothe field just before halftime wearing sweats and using crutches.

Starting tailback Willie Hurst left the game in the first quarter with astrained hamstring and did not return.

In his second career start, Pickett completed 15 of 20 passes for 158 yardsand one interception.

He was picked off for the first time since being named the starter in springdrills to replace departed Marques Tuiasosopo, now with the Oakland Raiders.Backup Taylor Barton saw his first action of the season in the third quarter.

Idaho's points came on Pope's 38-yard field goal in the first quarter.

Welsh has completed 45 of 81 passes for 455 yards and five touchdowns thisseason, while throwing just one interception. He was picked off for the firsttime this season Saturday by Alexander. He completed 5 of 9 passes for 40 yardsbefore leaving the game.

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