No. 19 Washington 42, Oregon State 3
SEATTLE (AP) _ The Washington Huskies can beat teams with Brock Huard throwing the ball, too.
The No. 19 Huskies rolled over Oregon State 42-3 on Saturday _ and this time it was Huard’s turn to replace Corey Dillon in the spotlight.
The 6-foot-5 freshman quarterback, whose passing has been secondary to Dillon’s running in the Huskies’ offense this season, had a career-best four touchdown passes. Dillon ran for two TDs.
``He’s one of the best young quarterbacks I’ve seen in a long time,″ Oregon State coach Jerry Pettibone said of Huard.
``We tried to pound and pound, but we had to go to the pass,″ Huard said.
``We love his toughness,″ center Olin Kreutz said of Huard, who didn’t miss a down after having the wind knocked out of him late in the first half.
The Huskies (7-3 overall, 6-1 Pac-10) won their fourth straight since losing 54-20 at Notre Dame last month. They defeated Oregon State, a 23-point underdog, for the ninth straight time and for the 19th time in 20 games.
The Beavers (1-8, 1-6), suffering through their 26th consecutive losing season, were held without a touchdown for the second time in five games. They were stopped on the 1-yard line in the opening quarter.
Huard completed 14-of-26 passes for 221 yards. His four touchdown passes gave him 11 for the season.
Huard had scoring passes of 34 and 29 yards to Jerome Pathon in the third quarter after passing 22 yards to Cam Cleeland and 7 yards to Cam Kissel in the final minute of the first half.
Huard took an Oregon State helmet in the stomach in the second quarter, dropping him to the turf until he caught his breath.
``He told me he hated being down on the ground because he looked so wimpy,″ Kreutz said. ``I love blocking for that guy.″
``Brock showed us his tough, competitive nature,″ Washington coach Jim Lambright added.
Dillon, the Pac-10′s leading rusher, broke a Washington record by scoring on runs of 9 and 29 yards, giving him 16 rushing TDs for the season. He bettered the record of 15 set by Rashaan Shehee last season.
Dillon had his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season and fourth in a row, gaining 143 yards on 24 carries.
Dillon did it on a day when Washington went three downs and out in its first three series. The Beavers stacked the line of scrimmage, daring Huard to beat them with the pass.
``If they’ve got nine guys, including the free safety, in the box, I know my receivers are going to get one-on-one coverage,″ Huard said.
Washington led 21-3 at halftime after Doug Stuckey’s 32-yard field goal gave the Beavers a 3-0 lead after the opening quarter.
Dillon put the Huskies ahead 7-3 with 2 1/2 minutes gone in the second quarter with a 9-yard touchdown run that capped a 72-yard drive.
Washington broke the game open at the end of the first half on two quick touchdown passes by Huard.
Huard threw a 22-yard scoring pass to Cleeland with 32 seconds to go and passed 7 yards to Kissel for another touchdown 13 seconds later after Oregon State’s Armon Hatcher fumbled a kickoff that was recovered by Reggie Davis.
The Huard-to-Cleeland touchdown came after Oregon State was penalized when Jason Dandridge ran into punter Hamid Sarshar, allowing the Huskies to have the ball at their 38.
Washington scored the first three times it had the ball in the second half.