Huskies End Two-Game Skid, Maul Utah St. 53-12
October 10, 1998
SEATTLE (AP) - Marques Tuiasosopo, starting in place of injured Brock Huard, ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead Washington to a 53-12 victory over Utah State on Saturday.
The sophomore quarterback scored on runs of 1 and 9 yards in the first half when the Huskies (3-2) took a 39-0 lead en route to ending a two-game losing streak. Tuiasosopo also had a 15-yard scoring pass to Dane Looker in the third quarter when the Huskies went ahead 53-0.
Washington set a school record with 13 sacks against Aggies quarterbacks Riley Jensen and Logan Galli, with linebacker Todd Johnson leading the charge with 3 1/2 sacks. Jensen was sacked 11 times.
It was an all-around breakdown for Utah State (1-5), which had five turnovers and were penalized a school-record 19 times.
In the first quarter, the Huskies started drives on the Utah State 23, 13, 31, 22 and 12, scoring three touchdowns and a field goal.
Utah State received a $400,000 in January to replace the Miami Hurricanes after Washington coach Jim Lambright decided he wanted to soften his schedule. The Aggies played Washington for the first time since 1904.
Tuiasosopo made his second career start because Huard separated a shoulder against Arizona last Saturday night. Tuiasosopo completed 11-of-21 passes for 194 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and rushed for 34 yards and two TDs on five carries.
Freshman tailback Willie Hurst, starting his second game, scored two TDs on 2-yard runs in the opening quarter, when return specialist-turned-kicker Joe Jarzynka booted the Huskies' first field goal of the season, a 35-yarder. Hurst had to leave the game in the first half with a bruised hip.
Jason Harris had touchdown runs of 2 and 9 yards for the Huskies, still smarting from a 55-7 loss to Nebraska in Lincoln two weeks ago.
With no time on the clock, Jarzynka kicked a 20-yard field goal to end the first half.
The Aggies, who lost their second straight game to a Pac-10 opponent, averted a shutout in the final quarter with two touchdowns when Washington had reserves on the field. Jensen passed 17 yards to Aaron Jones for Utah State's first TD in the first play of the period and Emmett White scored on a 1-yard run for the other with 4:55 left.
Jensen completed 13-of-19 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown with one interception.
Jarzynka replaced Jim Skurski as Washington's field goal kicker after Skurski missed two field goals against Arizona. He also made five of six extra point attempts.
By JIM COUR