Huskies Remain Perfect Against Spartans
Oct. 9, 2004
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE - Kenny James ran for a career-high 189 yards, getting 179yards and two touchdowns in the second half, and Washington got its first winby beating San Jose State 21-6 on Saturday.
Reserve quarterback Casey Paus led two second-half scoring drives andWashington's defense held the Spartans (2-3) in check one week after their70-63 victory over Rice in the highest-scoring regulation game in NCAA history.
San Jose State dropped to 0-9 against the Huskies (1-4), who allowed only111 yards rushing and 22 yards passing. Washington kept the Spartans out of theend zone after they had scored 10 TDs in last week's wacky win.
The Huskies simply wore down the Spartans, who were less fortunate thanWestern Athletic Conference mates Nevada and Fresno State - each of whom won inthe previous two visits by WAC members to Seattle.
James had 90 yards rushing on a 99-yard third-quarter scoring drive, helpingWashington pull away from a 7-3 halftime lead. The Huskies got a break whenofficials ruled James was down on an apparent fumble early in the march.
Paus was 5-of-9 for 55 yards after replacing redshirt freshman Carl Bonnell,who was 2-of-7 for 20 yards.
Washington is off to its worst start in 35 years, and a look around sparselyattended Husky Stadium showed as much. The attendance of 65,816 seemed a littlehigh, judging from the many empty seats at the 72,500-seat stadium.
Those on hand helped Washington's Keith Gilbertson celebrate a victory inhis 100th game as a college head coach.
Bonnell started his second game but was effective only on his openingseries. Directing the option the whole way, he had 65 yards rushing on the80-yard drive, capping it with a 1-yard TD run for a 7-0 lead.
Bonnell struggled after San Jose State made some defensive adjustments,leading to interceptions by Brian Nunez and Matthew Castelo, and the Spartanstwice took over inside Washington's 20 late in the first half.
All they got on the scoreboard was a 32-yard field goal by Jeff Carr. SanJose State took over at the 13, ran seven plays and netted 0 yards despite adefensive holding penalty that moved the ball as close as the 7.
After the second turnover, Carr's 36-yard field-goal attempt was wide right.
The Spartans weren't finished with their inability to take advantage ofWashington's mistakes.
They wasted another gift in the third quarter, after Huskies punter SeanDouglas fumbled deep in Washington territory and Rakine Toomes recovered forSan Jose State at the 4.
Four plays later - after a lengthy timeout to consider what play to call -Spartans quarterback Dale Rogers fell on the ball after he dropped the snap onfourth-and-goal at the 1, and the Huskies took over on downs.