The Washington Huskies hope there were no NFL scouts in the stands watching Corey Dillon on Saturday.
“He’s the total package,” quarterback Brock Huard said. “He’s bound for the next level sometime. We’re all hoping it’s not this year.”
Dillon set an NCAA rushing record for a quarter, gaining 222 yards on 16 carries in the first period as No. 15 Washington overwhelmed San Jose State 53-10.
Dillon, a 225-pound junior tailback, played only one quarter for Washington (8-2), but that was enough to give the Huskies a 25-0 lead en route to their fifth victory in a row. Dillon scored on runs of 78, 48 and 4 yards and also turned a screen pass from Huard into an 83-yard touchdown. It was the second-longest pass play in Washington history.
“Corey Dillon really surprised me,” San Jose State coach John Ralston said. “I knew he was strong, but I didn’t think he was that quick. He just ran by some people. He’ll make an outstanding pro back.”
Dillon broke the single-quarter record of 214 yards set by Andre Herrera of Southern Illinois against Northern Illinois in 1976. He also set school season records for rushing yards (1,400), touchdowns (20) and rushing touchdowns (19). Napoleon Kaufman gained 1,390 yards in 1994, Mario Bailey in 1991 tied a record with 17 TDs and Rashaan Shehee ran for 15 touchdowns last season.
Washington coach Jim Lambright left Dillon in just long enough to go into the NCAA record book.
“The job was done,” Lambright said. “There was nothing more to accomplish.”
On a cold and rainy day, Washington set school records with 559 rushing yards and 734 yards overall. It was the most rushing yards ever against San Jose State.
“It reminded me of some high school games,” said Huard, a redshirt freshman.
Because of the weather and the one-sided game, most of the announced crowd of 70,063 departed early. The Spartans (2-9) lost their 17th straight game to a Pac-10 opponent.
The Huskies, hoping for a Cotton Bowl berth as the Pac-10 runner-up, hardly missed Dillon, building the lead to 43-3 by halftime. Huard broke out of a near-sack and scored on a 12-yard run. Terry Hollimon ran 37 yards for another TD.
Washington substituted liberally in the second half, and its only touchdown after halftime came on a 20-yard run by Anthony Hicks with 1:09 left.
Husky linebacker Jason Chorak, the Pac-10’s sack leader, had 1-1/2 to give him a school-record 13-1/2. The Huskies sacked San Jose State quarterbacks Carl Dean and Dan O’Dell seven times.
Washington had three 100-yard rushers, another first for the Huskies. Hollimon had 148 yards on 16 carries, while freshman Maurice Shaw gained 100 yards on 14 carries.
San Jose State linebacker Jacob Malae had a 24-tackle day, 12 of them unassisted.
Washington 53, San Jose St. 10
San Jose St 0 3 0 7 - 10
Washington 25 18 0 10 - 53
Wash-Dillon 4 run (Wales kick) Wash-Dillon 48 run (kick failed) Wash-Dillon 78 run (run failed) Wash-Dilon 83 pass from Huard (pass failed) Wash-Safety, Scarbrough tackled in end zone by Aleaga Wash-Hollimon 37 run (kick failed) Wash-FG Wales 29 SJSFG Furlow 32 Wash-Huard 12 run (Wales kick) Wash-FG Wales 27 SJSWalsh 4 run (Furlow kick) Wash-Hicks 20 run (Wales kick) A-70,063.
SJS Wash First downs 16 31 Rushes-yards 29-46 62-559 Passing 273 175 Comp-Att-Int 16-36-2 7-19-0 Return Yards 00 39 Punts-Avg. 7-41.3 2-44.5 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-3 Penalties-Yards 11-96 3-25 Time of Possession 24:23 35:37
RUSHINGSan Jose State, Walsh 9-48, Scarbrough 6-17, Ortiz 2-10, Persson 1-6, O’Dell 3-(minus 12), Dean 8-(minus 23). Washington, Dillon 16-222, Hollimon 16-148, Shaw 14-100, J. Harris 7-25, Hicks 2-24, Sarieddine 3-18, Huard 1-12, Reed 2-8, Keiaho 1-2.
PASSINGSan Jose State, O’Dell 10-21-1-169, Dean 6-15-1-104. Washington, Huard 7-15-0-175, Minter 0-4-0-0.
RECEIVINGSan Jose State, Bowers 5-94, Doyle 4-82, Hayes 4-46, Scarbrough 1-37, Walsh 1-13, Ortiz 1-1. Washington, Dillon 1-83, Janoski 1-24, Cleeland 1-22, Pathon 1-15, Coleman 1-11, Kissel 1-10, G. Harris 1-10.
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