Huskies Fall To Bulldogs In Season Opener, 35-16
Sept. 6, 2004
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - James Sanders and Richard Marshall returned interceptions fortouchdowns and Brian Morris took a fumble in for another score, leading FresnoState to a 35-16 win over Washington in the opener for both teams Sunday.
Dwayne Wright rushed for 109 yards as the Bulldogs of the Western AthleticConference broke open a 7-7 halftime tie and added Washington to a list ofbig-name conquests that included wins over Colorado, Wisconsin and Oregon Statethree years ago.
The Huskies were unable to answer a big offseason question - how to replacerecord-setting quarterback Cody Pickett, who's now with the NFL's San Francisco49ers.
Junior Casey Paus started, but coach Keith Gilbertson had promised thatsophomore Isaiah Stanback would see plenty of action. They both demonstratedthey'll need a lot more practice.
Paus was 18-of-39 for 183 yards with three interceptions. Stanback completed1-of-5 for 10 yards with one interception.
Fresno State got a solid performance from its quarterback. Paul Pinegarcompleted 13 of 21 passes for 125 yards with one TD and one interception.
The Bulldogs were nursing a 14-10 lead when Morris struck on the first playof the fourth quarter. Stanback dropped a handoff in the backfield, and Morrispicked up the ball and ran 18 yards untouched to make it 21-10.
Paus returned for the next series, promptly throwing an interception thatSanders collected at Washington's 29. Two plays later, Wright bolted throughthe left side and ran for a 28-yard TD to make it 28-10.
Marshall struck late in the contest, stepping in front of a pass from Pausand running 75 yards for Fresno State's final TD.
The Huskies led 7-0 early in the second period when Stanback ran for an8-yard touchdown, the first of his career. Fullback Zach Tuiasosopo set it upwith a 50-yard run through a huge hole opened by tackle Khalif Barnes.
Fresno State tied it shortly before halftime. Stanback was pressured by nosetackle Donyell Booker and threw an ill-advised pass that Sanders interceptedand returned 19 yards to make it 7-7.
Twice in the first eight minutes, the Huskies went deep into Fresnoterritory but got nothing. Evan Knudson was wide left on a 37-yard field goalattempt and thumped a 38-yard shot that didn't even reach the end zone.
Knudson was replaced after that by Michael Braunstein, who made a 25-yardfield goal in the third to pull Washington to 14-10. Pinegar had opened thehalf with an 80-yard drive that he capped with a 12-yard TD pass to JoeFernandez.
On that drive, Pinegar had a 43-yard completion to Paul Williams - theyounger brother of former Washington safety Curtis Williams, who sustained aspinal cord injury during the 2000 season and died in May 2002.