September 19, 1998
SEATTLE (AP) - Little Toure Butler's speed saved the day for No. 9 Washington on a day when quarterback Brock Huard looked ordinary.
Butler scored two touchdowns, a 98-yard kickoff return and a 35-yard fumble return, and the Huskies won their home opener 20-10 over BYU on Saturday.
"We know he's able to make a big play for us," teammate Joe Jarzynka said. "We know he can return the football."
Said Washington coach Jim Lambright: "He's one of those little guys who wants to play bigger."
Washington (2-0) won its 13th consecutive home opener and beat the Cougars (1-2) for the fourth straight time.
Huard and Washington's offense was unimpressive after winning a 42-38 shootout at Arizona State in its opener two weeks ago. The Huskies went the final three quarters without a touchdown after Huard teamed with freshman Chris Juergens for a 52-yard TD pass in the opening period.
It was the first time in Huard's three years as a starter that the Huskies were held to one touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, the Huskies failed to score on four downs after getting to the BYU 2. They ended the game at the Cougars 5.
Huard, a junior who considered entering the NFL draft after his sophomore season, was 16-for-33 for 178 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions.
"Today, they struggled offensively because our front seven was so physical," said middle linebacker Rob Morris, who led BYU with 14 tackles.
Free safety Jason Walker of the Cougars didn't think much of Huard.
"You can watch his eyes and then once he turns his shoulders you know exactly where he's going," said Walker, who intercepted Huard's pass in the first quarter after the ball went off Anthony Mizin.
"I strongly believe we're a lot better team than the one we lost to today," Walker added.
The Huskies led 14-0 at halftime. After Owen Pochman kicked a 23-yard field goal for the Cougars with 2:10 gone in the second half, the 5-foot-9, 160-pound Butler stepped in front of return mate Jarzynka and took Pochman's ensuing kickoff at the 2.
Getting two good blocks from Jarzynka, Butler completed the third-longest kickoff return TD in Washington history and the longest since 1979. That put the Huskies ahead 20-3.
"I was calling for it the whole time," Jarzynka said. "Then I heard him calling for it. He was half a step in front of me.
"We exchanged some words about it, then he took it up the middle and to the right. Maybe if I would have caught it, I would have scored, too. He'll have an earful all week."
Quarterback Kevin Feterik scored on a 1-yard run for BYU with 4:24 to go in the third quarter.
Juergens, who didn't play in Washington's opener, caught his TD pass at the 32 and outran cornerback Rob Warcup into the end zone to give Washington a 6-0 lead with 55 seconds left in the opening quarter.
The Huskies made it 14-0 with 4:07 remaining in the half when Butler ran back a fumble by Ronney Jenkins 35 yards down the left sidelines into the end zone. Derrell Daniels' hit on Jenkins caused the fumble.
After Washington's second touchdown, Huard passed to Ja'Warren Hooker for a 2-point conversion. Huard took a vicious hit from Morris on the play and stayed down for a couple minutes.
The Huskies held Jenkins, BYU's acclaimed sophomore running back, to 36 yards on 12 carries. Feterik, a junior, was 16-for-33 for 169 yards with no touchdown passes and one interception.
While Huard wasn't sacked, Feterik had to run his life at times. He was sacked six times.
BYU's offense was hampered by too many dropped passes, too.
"It's tough when you throw a good pass and it's dropped," Feterik said. "It's frustrating. Things just weren't clicking."
The Huskies had 14 first downs and 295 yards to BYU's 11 first downs and 204 yards.
By JIM COUR
AP Sports Writer