Jake Browning took a break from winning and throwing touchdowns. It only lasted a game.
The true freshman from Folsom High School completed 17 of 24 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns, the first of his collegiate career, helping lead Washington to a 49-0 rout over visiting Sacramento State on Saturday.
Browning helped the Huskies bounce back from a season-opening loss at No. 23 Boise State, 16-13.
Against Sacramento State, Browning had significant help from the ground game. Myles Gaskin rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 3, 16 and 78 yards.
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 would add a 16-yard touchdown 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 Washington 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.
Washington turned the ball over on downs on their opening possession and were 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 touchdowns 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. Browning came back with a 49-yard touchdown pass to Chico McClatcher on the Huskies next possession to take a 42-0 lead.
Carta-Samuels fumbled after being sacked by Malcolm Thomas to give Sacramento State its best scoring opportunity of the game in the fourth quarter. However, two negative rushes, a false start and a personal foul later left Cornish attempting a 48-yard field goal, which was blocked by Taniela Tupou.
Browning, 19, went 44-2 at Folsom with a remarkable 229 touchdown passes in becoming the most prolific prep quarterback in national history.
Bee Sports staff contributed to this report.