Sept. 2, 2000
Today marks the 35th meeting between Washington and Idaho. Following the win, the Huskies now lead the all-time series between the two schools with a 31-2-2 mark. Washington has won the last 13 meetings dating back to 1938 when the two teams tied 12-12.
The 44 points by the Huskies is the most in a season-opener since Washington blanked Texas-El Paso 55-0 in 1982 and the most in a home opener since the 56-3 win over Kansas State in 1991. With the win, the Huskies moved to 78-27-6 in season openers, including eight wins in eight chances over Idaho. Washington is also 80-24-5 in home openers.
Idaho running back Willie Alderson's 82-yard run for a touchdown in the first quarter was a career long for the senior (previous long of 56 yards). It was also the fourth-longest rush by an opponent in Husky history, trailing only Michigan's Tyrone Wheatley (88 yards in 1993), UCLA's Brian Brown (88 yards 1990) and USC's O.J. Simpson (86 yards in 1967).
Husky Todd Elstrom's 32-yard touchdown with 11:35 left in the second quarter capped a five-play, 98-yard drive, which was the longest by the Huskies since last season's October 20 game versus Stanford. Against the Cardinal, the UW had a 99-yard drive in the third quarter.
With their second quarter touchdown, the Huskies have not been shut out in 217 consecutive games. Idaho, meanwhile, has scored at least a field goal in their last 167 games.
UW sophomore Ben Mahdavi's 35-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the second quarter was the second touchdown and second fumble recovery of his career. Mahdavi also recovered a fumbled punt for a touchdown in last year's season opener versus BYU.
After recording 91 receiving yards in the first half, Washington junior flanker Todd Elstrom reached a career high 104 yards on the Huskies' first drive of the second half. Elstrom's previous career best was a 95-yard effort against California in 1999. He finished today's game against Idaho with 104 yards on six catches.
Washington senior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo passed former Husky standout Chris Chandler (1984-87) and now stands sixth on the career total offense list with 4,638 yards. Tuiasosopo entered the day with 4,335 total yards, just 87 yards behind Chandler, who had 4,422 yards of total offense
Other career highlights - Washington split end Wondame Davis, flanker Wilbur Hooks and wide receiver Justin Robbins all caught their first career passes ... Hooks finished with five catches for 59 yards, Davis had two catches for 20 yards and Robbins had one catch for 12 yards.
Vandal tailback Willie Alderson had a career day, setting a career best with 140 yards rushing on 18 carries.
Several true freshmen played a key role in the Washington win, with eight seeing playing time in their first career game. Freshman running back Derrick Johnson scored his first career touchdown in the third quarter with a 22-yard rush. Other true freshmen to see playing time included defensive end Jerome Stevens, safeties Greg Carothers and Jimmy Newell, outside linebacker Marquis Cooper, running back Rich Alexis, offensive tackle Nick Newton and wide receiver Justin Robbins.