No. 19 Huskies Romp Idaho 45-14
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE - Rich Alexis ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns anddefensive lineman Terry Johnson recovered a fumble for an early score as No. 19Washington beat winless Idaho 45-14 on Saturday.
The Huskies (2-1) were sloppy to start the second half, but it didn't matterafter they scored 21 straight points, all on the ground.
Alexis had a 26-yard TD run, Zach Tuiasosopo added a 12-yard scoring run andquarterback Cody Pickett had a 9-yarder as Washington pulled away and beat theovermatched Vandals (0-4) for the fourth straight year.
Idaho hasn't beaten the Huskies since 1905.
It also marked a victory for Washington coach Keith Gilbertson over hisformer school. He coached the Vandals from 1986-88, and one of his assistantsat Idaho - and later at California - was current Idaho coach Tom Cable.
Things looked promising for the Vandals early in the third quarter, afterPickett fumbled and Idaho took over at Washington's 18. On the next play,Michael Harrington threw a scoring strike to Jimmy Labita, pulling the Vandalsto 17-14.
Pickett also threw an interception on Washington's next possession, but theHuskies forced a punt and eventually put the game out of reach by scoring threestraight touchdowns.
Alexis, who had an 8-yard TD run in the first quarter, made it 24-14 late inthe third with his 26-yard TD run. He skirted to the left and got greatclearing blocks by guard Tusi Sa'au and receiver Charles Frederick.
It was 31-14 after the Huskies forced another punt and Tuiasosopo, afullback, broke a 12-yard scoring run to cap a five-play, 47-yard drive. It washis first career touchdown at Washington.
Reggie Williams, Washington's standout receiver, missed the first half aspunishment for skipping a mandatory team activity this week. No other detailswere immediately disclosed.
He wasn't really missed, though Pickett found Williams for a 48-yard playthat moved the ball to Idaho's 13 early in the fourth quarter. That led toPickett's 9-yard TD run and a 38-14 advantage.
Shelton Sampson added a 5-yard TD run with just under three minutes to play.
Other than the first 5 minutes of the third quarter, Pickett had a solidday, completing 20 of 29 passes for 234 yards with one interception. He was12-of-17 for 112 yards in the first half.
Washington also rushed for 231 yards.
The Huskies got off to an inspired start, leading 7-0 after Johnsonrecovered a fumble in the end zone 4 minutes after kickoff. It was the thirdstraight year Johnson scored, though his other touchdowns came on interceptionreturns.
Linebacker Tim Galloway made the initial hit on Idaho's Malfred Shaw. GarthErickson put the Washington defense in position to strike by pinning theVandals at their own 1 with a 32-yard punt.