In only his sixth game for Washington, Corey Dillon put his name alongside Hugh McElhenny’s in the Huskies’ record book.
“Next week I’m going to try to top that if possible,” Dillon said after tying McElhenny’s 46-year-old school record by scoring five touchdowns as No. 25 Washington beat UCLA 41-21 in Pacific-10 Conference football Saturday at Husky Stadium.
Dillon, a 225-pound junior tailback, scored on runs of 2, 1, 11, 5 and 1 yards to help the Huskies (4-2 overall, 3-1 Pac-10) rebound from a 54-20 loss at Notre Dame last week.
“I was cool, calm and collected,” said Dillon, a transfer from Dixie Junior College in Utah. “I knew I just had to punch it in.”
“An arm tackle is not going to bring him down,” UCLA nose guard Jeff Ruckman said. “He’s got good speed and he’ll take you on.”
With starter Rashaan Shehee hobbled by a sprained ankle, Dillon had his third 100-yard rushing game of the season. He gained 145 yards on 33 carries, and also caught three passes for 53 yards.
McElhenny, a college and pro hall of famer, scored five times against Washington State in 1950.
Dillon has become an instant hit with his coaches and Washington’s defenders, too.
“We love to watch him,” linebacker Jason Chorak said. “He hurts people more than they hurt him.”
“He’s somebody you can count on to put it in the end zone,” coach Jim Lambright said.
The Bruins (2-4, 1-2) trailed 28-0 at halftime and were held to 12 rushing yards. Cade McNown, UCLA’s No. 1 quarterback, completed 17 of 31 passes for 218 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
Chorak led UW’s defense with two sacks, giving him 10 for the season.
Despite UCLA’s lack of success rushing, all the Bruins’ touchdowns came on the ground. McNown scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter and, in the final period, Skip Hicks scored on a 1-yard run and backup quarterback Steve Buck from 4 out.
“We didn’t get our running game going at all and when you can’t run the football you’re in trouble,” Bruins coach Bob Toledo said.
Dillon scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter and Washington’s Mike Reed scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
In leading 28-0 at halftime, Washington held the Bruins to only three first downs and 54 yards.
The Huskies began the day with a 60-yard return of the opening kickoff by Jerome Pathon to the UCLA 34. Dillon’s 2-yard run with 3:10 gone made it 7-0.
Washington drove 89 yards for its second touchdown - on Dillon’s first 1-yard scoring run - with 2:58 gone in the second quarter, then made it 21-0 only 23 seconds later. Tony Parrish returned Hicks’ fumble 32 yards to the UCLA 11, and Dillon scored on the next play.
After Hicks’ fumble, Toledo took him out of the game as punishment. Toledo let him back into the contest late in the third quarter.
“If you fumble, you can’t play,” Toledo said. “I put him in in the second half because I don’t want to demoralize the kid completely.”
Hicks, who entered the game as the Pac-10’s leading rusher, was held to 8 yards on seven carries.
MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: Washington 41, UCLA 21 UCLA 0 0 7 14 - 21 Washington 7 21 6 7 - 41 Wash-Dillon 2 run (Wales kick) Wash-Dillon 1 run (Wales kick) Wash-Dillon 11 run (Wales kick) Wash-Dillon 5 run (Wales kick) UCLAMcNown 1 run (Merten kick) Wash-Dillon 1 run (kick failed) UCLAHicks 1 run (Merten kick) Wash-Reed 1 run (Wales kick) UCLABuck 4 run (Merten kick) A-70,444. UCLA Wash First downs 16 20 Rushes-yards 24-12 52-155 Passing 275 153 Comp-Att-Int 19-38-1 10-17-0 Return Yards 0 53 Punts-Avg. 8-44.6 5-37.6 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0 Penalties-Yards 11-89 8-70 Time of Possession 23:17 36:43 Individual statistics RUSHINGUCLA, Buck 3-10, Brown 4-9, Hicks 7-8, R. Rogues 1-0, Price 1-(minus 3), McNown 8-(minus 12). Washington, Dillon 33-145, Reed 10-28, J. Harris 2-6, Keiaho 1-1, Hollimon 1-(minus 1), Linarelli 2-(minus 4), Fortney 1-(minus 8), Huard 2-(minus 12). PASSINGUCLA, McNown 17-31-1-218, Buck 2-7-0-57. Washington, Huard 10-16-0-153, Fortney 0-1-0-0. RECEIVINGUCLA, McElroy 6-76, Walendy 3-35, McBride 2-55, Clark 2-33, Crecion 1-22, Grieb 1-20, Farmer 1-11, Ayers 1-11, Hicks 1-6, Brown 1-6. Washington, Dillon 3-53, Pathon 3-31, Coleman 2-53, Cleeland 1-10, Janoski 1-6.
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