Former Folsom High School quarterback Jake Browning had great success against teams all over the Sacramento area.
Now in his first year of college, Browning showed success against Sacramento’s only four-year college football team.
Browning threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns as Washington defeated Sacramento State 49-0 Saturday in the Huskies’ home opener.
Sac State (1-1), which stunned Oregon State in 2011 and Colorado in 2012, has lost three straight games to Pacific-12 Conference schools by an average of 48 points.
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“It was just their ability to make plays, and we didn’t,” Hornets coach Jody Sears said. “Our guys made some plays, and we missed a couple tackles, but I love our heart.”
It was just their ability to make plays, and we didn’t. Our guys made some plays, and we missed a couple tackles, but I love our heart.
Sacramento State coach Jody Sears
After the first 15 minutes were scoreless, Washington (1-1) erupted for 28 points in the second quarter and 21 in the third.
“We gave up a couple of big plays,” Sears said. “They hit us a couple times on the run, so we compensated. You mess up on a rotation or you mess up a call, one little inch is a touchdown.”
The Huskies’ first score came with 13:13 left in the first half on a three-yard run by freshman Myles Gaskin.
After Sac State sophomore quarterback Daniel Kniffin threw an interception in Huskies territory, Washington capitalized with some big plays from Browning, including a 19-yard pass on third down and a six-yard read-option run up the middle to set up another touchdown.
In the second half, Browning showed off his arm to the announced crowd of 55,010.
With 9:57 remaining in the third quarter, he launched a 78-yard pass that was tipped over the Sac State secondary to senior wide receiver Marvin Hall for his first collegiate touchdown pass.
“He did a good job of playing the tip, but that was a bad read by me,” said Browning, who completed 17 of 24 passes. “I thought it was going to get picked.”
Browning then found freshman wide receiver Chico McClatcher for a 49-yard score.
Browning left the game with five minutes remaining in the third quarter and was replaced by K.J. Carta-Samuels.
For most of the game, Sac State was unable to move the ball.
Senior kicker Brad Cornish missed a 44-yard field-goal attempt in the first quarter and had a 48-yard try blocked late in the second half.
Despite the Hornets’ struggles on special teams, Sears is not worried.
The Hornets passed for 74 yards and converted four first downs in the first quarter but finished with only 212 total yards (11 rushing).
“You have to tip your hat to (Washington),” Sears said, “but from a coaching standpoint, we have to do a good job of putting our kids in positions to make plays.”
You have to tip your hat to (Washington), but from a coaching standpoint, we have to do a good job of putting our kids in positions to make plays.
Kniffin completed 18 of 35 passes for 181 yards with one interception. He said he learned a great deal about his team before next week’s game against Weber State in Ogden, Utah.
“I learned that our team is tough,” Kniffin said. “It’s real easy to give up when you are down by that much. I feel confident heading into next week.”