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Myles Gaskin rushes for 3 TDs as Washington Huskies blank Sacramento State

Washington Huskies running back Myles Gaskin, center, rushed for 146 yards, the third-best total by a true freshman in school history. (Associated Press)
Washington Huskies running back Myles Gaskin, center, rushed for 146 yards, the third-best total by a true freshman in school history. (Associated Press)
Curtis Crabtree Associated Press

SEATTLE – Myles Gaskin rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns as Washington cruised to a 49-0 victory over Sacramento State on Saturday.

Gaskin scored on runs of 3, 16 and 78 yards and Jake Browning passed for 326 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way for the Huskies (1-1).

Gaskin’s 146 yards were the third most by a true freshman in program history, behind Joe Steele’s 157 against Oregon in 1976 and Willie Hurst’s 155 against UCLA in 1998.

“That is what we have seen out of him all fall camp,” head coach Chris Petersen said. “He seems to have a knack to be pretty patient, which is a little bit uncharacteristic for a young guy. I think that’s kind of his style. I think we’ll keep building on that.”

After a sluggish first quarter, Gaskin helped get the Washington offense rolling, accounting for 50 of Washington’s 63 yards on a nine-play scoring drive that culminated with a 3-yard Gaskin touchdown to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead. Gaskin added a 16-yard TD run on the next Washington possession.

Kevin King intercepted Daniel Kniffin on the first play of the Hornets’ (1-1) ensuing possession to set up another UW touchdown. Dwayne Washington’s 11-yard touchdown run gave the Huskies a 21-0 lead.

Browning then marched Washington on a 90-yard scoring drive to close the first half with the Huskies leading 28-0.

Sacramento State put together a promising opening drive to the game, moving to the Washington 27-yard line before stalling. Brad Cornish missed a 44-yard field goal to keep the game scoreless.

Washington held the Hornets to just 11 yards rushing. Kniffin finished 18 of 35 for 181 yards with an interception.

“You mess up on a rotation or you mess up on a call, one little inch is a touchdown,” Hornets head coach Jody Sears said. “We’ve had success in the past (against FBS schools). I know the past doesn’t equal the future, but I was expecting to get on the scoreboard. That’s inexcusable.”

Washington turned the ball over on downs on its opening possession and was forced to punt after a Manoah Pearson sack of Browning pushed the Huskies out of field-goal range on their next drive. The Huskies scored TDs on seven of their next eight possessions to take command.

Browning tossed his first two touchdowns of his career in the third quarter before deferring to backup K.J. Carta-Samuels. A nearly intercepted pass from Browning fell into the arms of Marvin Hall, who raced for a 78-yard touchdown to extend Washington’s lead to 35-0.

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