Folsom High graduate Jake Browning threw for 304 yards and a school-record six touchdowns and ran for two more scores and No. 5 Washington snapped a 12-game losing streak against Oregon with a 70-21 victory on Saturday night.
“Everybody is going to talk about the yards and touchdowns, but I was just doing my job, going through my reads,” Browning said. “I don’t think there was anything outside of what I was supposed to do.”
Myles Gaskin ran for 197 yards and a touchdown for the undefeated Huskies, who have won nine consecutive games going back to last season. Dante Pettis caught eight passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns, while John Ross had nine catches for 94 yards and three scores.
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Freshman Justin Herbert made his first college start and threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns for the Ducks, who continued their dramatic slide with a fourth consecutive loss. Oregon (2-4, 0-3 Pac-12) hasn’t lost four in a row since the 2006 season.
“I wish we could have kept the streak (against Washington) alive because I know how much that means to everyone here,” Herbert said.
Herbert was intercepted on his first pass of the game, and Washington scored on the ensuing series on Browning’s 1-yard touchdown run.
Washington (6-0, 3-0) upped the lead on Browning’s 3-yard TD pass to Ross. Rose also scored on a 15-yard pass from Browning as the Huskies built a 28-0 lead. Browning scored on a 7-yard keeper to put Washington ahead 35-7 at the end of the first half.
BY THE NUMBERS
2: Rushing touchdowns for Browning, from 1 and 7 yards.
6: Touchdown passes for Browning, a Washington record.
8: Total touchdowns Browning accounted for.
10.9: Yards per pass.
12: Consecutive losses for Washington to Oregon before Saturday’s victory.
21: Rushing yards on six carries.
22: Completions in 28 attempts.
23: Touchdown passes this season.
304: Passing yards for Browning.
1,418: Passing yards this season.
Compiled by Noel Harris