Oct. 1, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Isaiah Stanback threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns to lead Washington to its third straight victory, a 21-10 win over Arizona on Saturday night.
Washington (4-1, 2-0) scored three times in the final 6:07 of the first half to take a 21-3 lead and held Arizona (2-3, 0-2) to minus-7 yards rushing.
Coach Tyrone Willingham's Huskies have already doubled their wins total from last year, his first as Washington coach.
Stanback hit Sonny Shackelford on a 50-yard pass that set up a 3-yard TD pass to Shackelford, erasing Arizona's 3-0 lead. Shackelford caught five passes for 105 yards, all in the first half.
Washington quickly got the ball back and scored again on a short drive highlighted by Stanback's 45-yard pass to Anthony Russo, who was being played by heralded Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason.
The Huskies needed just two plays to add a third score, with 22 seconds left before the break.
Stanback hit Shackelford on a 24-yard pass and then scrambled to find Quintin Daniels for a 56-yard play against Arizona's prevent defense.
Stanback, who was 14-of-25 passing on the night, connected on 11 straight throws after missing his first four, including an interception. He added 47 yards rushing on 10 carries.
The Huskies then held Arizona on its first drive of the second half, not allowing the Wildcats to score despite having a first-and-goal at the 4.
Chris Jennings was caught on a 4-yard loss and then Scott White got his second sack when he easily dropped Willie Tuitama for a 16-yard loss. Nick Folk, who hit a 52-yard field goal for the lone Arizona score of the first half, missed from 41 yards.
The Huskies held the Wildcats to 21 yards rushing in the first half. Outside of its big rushing day against Division I-AA Stephen F. Austin, Arizona was averaging 29 yards rushing per game coming into the night. Arizona had 17 carries for 55 yards not including the six sacks of Tuitama and another carry for loss.
The Wildcats drove for their first touchdown in 11 quarters against a Division I-A opponent in the third quarter but never got closer.
Syndric Steptoe caught Tuitama's pass with his fingertips, bobbling the ball for a 13-yard score on a fourth-and-2 play to cut the lead to 21-10 with 5:55 left in the period.
Tuitama completed 24 of 41 passes for 308 yards and an interception but had minus-62 yards rushing.
Washington beat Arizona 38-14 for one of its two wins last year.