SEATTLE (AP) — Jacob Eason threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Bryant on the third play of the game and added two more and No. 23 Washington rebounded from a loss with a 52-20 romp over Hawaii on Saturday night.
Eason and the Huskies (2-1) overwhelmed the Rainbow Warriors, taking a 21-0 lead in less than 9 minutes. Eason was 18 of 25 for 262 yards, Richard Newton had three short TD runs, and Washington quickly bounced back from last week’s 20-19 home loss to California in its Pac-12 opener.
“It always feels good to be in the end zone quick,” Eason said. “Last week we struggled with some things and this week we got to jump on it early. That just shows how well we can bounce back and respond to adversity.”
While the final numbers look impressive, Washington did what was expected. Other than showing it could respond to last week’s setback, answers about how good the Huskies are will come the next three weeks with games at BYU, vs. USC and at Stanford.
Triumph over Houston seals ninth consecutive nonconference win for WSU
HOUSTON, Texas — Championships aren’t won in the third game of the season, but trophies are handed out occasionally.
Perhaps that best encapsulated how Washington State felt, and what it accomplished, in a 31-24 win over Houston at NRG Stadium. The Cougars secured what might be the best road nonconference win of the Mike Leach era, but they didn’t lose sight of their long-term goals. It’ll be a nice addition to the Cougar Football Complex, but the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff trophy obviously is not the piece of hardware players set their targets on this offseason.
In the books, a seven-point win will go down as nothing more than the third win of the season and a decent résumé-booster. Leach got a new cowboy hat out of the deal and the Cougars (3-0) gained some confidence as they head into Pac-12 Conference play next Saturday at home against UCLA
Cooper, Jacksonville State rally past E. Washington 49-45
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Zerrick Cooper passed for three touchdowns and ran for one, and Michael Matthews scored the winning touchdown with 59 seconds left as Jacksonville State shocked Eastern Washington 49-45 on Saturday night in a battle between ranked FCS teams.
The Gamecocks (2-1) never led until Matthews scored on a 1-yard plunge to cap an 11-play, 73-yard drive that started with 4:38 to play. Eastern Washington had led from the opening kickoff, which Dre Dorton returned 90 yards for a touchdown. Eric Barriere then threw three touchdown passes and the Eagles (1-2) led 28-7 after one quarter.