Washington WR Reggie Williams catches six passes for 160 yards and two TDs.(AP) One week after losing at Michigan on a last-second field goal, the Huskies (1-1) were 30-point favorites in their home opener, but they needed a second-half comeback to satisfy the Husky Stadium crowd of 70,147.
San Jose State (1-1) fell to 0-8 in its series with Washington, which started in 1958.
The Huskies got their second straight 300-yard passing day from Pickett, who was 22-for-35 for 347 yards. Reggie Williams caught six passes for 160 yards and two TDs, and Rich Alexis ran for 125 yards.
After losing two crucial fumbles and being shut out in the first half, the Huskies looked like a different team in the second half.
The first two times Washington had the ball in the third quarter, Pickett threw touchdown passes of 22 yards to Wilbur Hooks and 21 yards to Williams, Washington's splendid 6-foor-4, 220-pound sophomore wide receiver.
Pickett then hooked up with Williams on an 89-yard scoring play early in the fourth quarter, and Williams did most of the work. He caught a short pass on the Washington 20, broke to the outside and sprinted down the right sideline to put Washington ahead 24-10.
The Spartans built their halftime lead on a touchdown and a field goal in the second quarter after Pickett fumbled at the San Jose State 15. The Spartans would have led by more if Nick Gilliam hadn't missed field-goal attempts from 39 and 37 yards.
A 35-yard pass from Scott Rislov to Courtney Anderson to the Washington 2 set up Ezekiel Staples' 1-yard touchdown run that gave San Jose State a 7-0 lead. After Gilliam's 43-yard field goal, Pickett lost another fumble on an exchange to Alexis at the San Jose State 2 with 37 seconds left in the first half.
But it was all Washington in the second half, with the Huskies going 80 and 46 yards for touchdowns the first two times they had the ball for a 14-10 lead.
San Jose State used two quarterbacks. Starter Scott Rislov completed 16 of 23 passes for 177 yards, while Marcus Arroyo was 5-for-13 for 59 yards with two interceptions.
Washington won its 15th consecutive home game.