Jake Browning matched Washington’s school record with five touchdown passes — two each to Dante Pettis and John Ross — and finished with 294 yards in the No. 8 Huskies’ 59-14 victory over Idaho on Saturday.
Browning has helped Washington (2-0) to its highest ranking since 2001. After throwing for 287 yards and three touchdowns last week against Rutgers, Browning was nearly flawless against Idaho.
“He’s done a real nice job,” said coach Chris Petersen, who improved to 6-0 against Idaho as a head coach at Boise State and Washington. “He’s completing a lot of passes. He’s keeping his eyes downfield. He’s buying time, all those things that good quarterbacks do.”
Following a fumble on the opening kickoff by Lloyd Hightower that was recovered by Washington, Browning threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Pettis on his first attempt of the game. He completed 13 consecutive passes at one point as the Huskies marched through the Vandals en route to a 35-0 halftime advantage.
“We didn’t really do anything crazy,” Browning said. “Just go in, run our stuff and execute well.”
The Vandals (1-1) kept it in reach in the first quarter. Kaden Elliss forced a fumble on a sack of Browning to give Idaho the ball in Washington territory. But after driving into the red zone, Jacob Sannon fumbled at the 1 after a hit from Jojo McIntosh, and Azeem Victor recovered to keep Idaho out of the end zone.
“We got whooped,” Idaho head coach Paul Petrino said. “We got whooped, but I thought our guys stayed fighting in the second half.”
Washington scored the next 35 points before the Vandals finally got on the board with a 20-yard pass from Matt Linehan to Trent Cowan in the third quarter. Backup quarterback Gunnar Amos added a 6-yard TD run early in the fourth.
Linehan was 19-of-29 passing for 187 yards and no interceptions. Mason Petrino, Paul Petrino’s son, led the Vandals in rushing with 48 yards on nine carries as Idaho rotated frequently between Linehan, Amos and Petrino at quarterback throughout the second half.
COLORADO 56, IDAHO ST. 7
Sefo Liufau passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 54 yards and another score in less than a half as the Buffaloes (2-0) cruised past the Bengals (1-1) with 49 first-half points.
Jakori Ford scored on a 3-yard run late in the third quarter for ISU. Josh Cook had 28 receiving yards to pass current New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill for the school record at the position (1,287).
COLLEGE OF IDAHO 42, WILLAMETTE 12
Tyler Cox (Boise High) threw for two touchdowns and ran for two scores, and the NAIA Yotes (1-1) scored the first 34 points en route to an easy win over the NCAA Division III Bearcats (0-2).
Shayne Robinson had seven catches for 97 yards, and Mike Kirby (Centennial High) ran for 70 yards on 12 attempts. The C of I defense added four interceptions off two Willamette quarterbacks.