Sept. 5, 2004
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - James Sanders and Richard Marshall returned interceptions for touchdowns and Brian Morris took a fumble in for another score, leading Fresno State 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 Athletic Conference broke open a 7-7 halftime tie and added Washington to a list of big-name conquests that included wins over Colorado, Wisconsin and Oregon State three years ago.
The Huskies were unable to answer a big offseason question - how to replace record-setting quarterback Cody Pickett, who's now with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.
Junior Casey Paus started, but coach Keith Gilbertson had promised that sophomore Isaiah Stanback would see plenty of action. They both demonstrated they'll need a lot more practice.
Paus was 18-of-39 for 183 yards with three interceptions. Stanback completed 1-of-5 for 10 yards with one interception.
Fresno State got a solid performance from its quarterback. Paul Pinegar completed 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 play of the fourth quarter. Stanback dropped a handoff in the backfield, and Morris picked up the ball and ran 18 yards untouched to make it 21-10.
Paus returned for the next series, promptly throwing an interception that Sanders collected at Washington's 29. Two plays later, Wright bolted through the 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 Paus and running 75 yards for Fresno State's final TD.
The Huskies led 7-0 early in the second period when Stanback ran for an 8-yard touchdown, the first of his career. Fullback Zach Tuiasosopo set it up with a 50-yard run through a huge hole opened by tackle Khalif Barnes.
Fresno State tied it shortly before halftime. Stanback was pressured by nose tackle Donyell Booker and threw an ill-advised pass that Sanders intercepted and returned 19 yards to make it 7-7.
Twice in the first eight minutes, the Huskies went deep into Fresno territory but got nothing. Evan Knudson was wide left on a 37-yard field goal attempt 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-yard field goal in the third to pull Washington to 14-10. Pinegar had opened the half with an 80-yard drive that he capped with a 12-yard TD pass to Joe Fernandez.
On that drive, Pinegar had a 43-yard completion to Paul Williams - the younger brother of former Washington safety Curtis Williams, who sustained a spinal cord injury during the 2000 season and died in May 2002.