Career Day For Kearse Leads To Husky Win

After last week's loss to BYU on the road, the Huskies desperately needed a convincing win at home in front of their fans and they got just that with a 41-20 victory over Syracuse in front of a crowd of 62,418 at Husky Stadium.

Junior wide receiver Jermaine Kearse had a career-day, hauling in 9 catches for 179 yards and 3 touchdowns and sophomore running back Chris Polk added 117 yards and a touchdown as well.

Syracuse got off to a fast start scoring the first 10 points of the game, but Washington answered with two Erik Folk field goals – from 37 yards and 24 yards – and Kearse's first touchdown, a five-yard reception from Jake Locker who had a big day as well.

The Orangemen had two chances to stop Washington's scoring momentum late in the second quarter, but K Ross Krautman missed from 42 yards away and the Orange coaching staff mismanaged the clock resulting in time running out in the half as they tried to squeeze out some more yards for an easier final attempt.

Washington got things started quickly in the second half as Locker hit Kearse on the first play from scrimmage and, after breaking a tackle attempt by LB Marquis Spruill, the third-year wideout was able to out-race the Syracuse secondary to the end zone for a 57-yard score.

Kearse struck a third time on Washington's next series, this time from 28 yards out, to give Washington an insurmountable 17 point lead while Polk was able to break free over the left side and score from 52 yards out.

After Syracuse took advantage of a Polk fumble to draw within 34-20, Locker hit WR Devin Aguilar from 14 yards out to end the scoring.

Junior LB Cort Dennison had a huge game, posting 12 tackles to lead the team while Mason Foster added 10 tackles and a sack, fighting through cramps throughout the entire second-half.

Overall the defense held Syracuse to 336 yards including 112 on the ground, while the Huskies managed to put up 467 yards with 175 on the ground.

Locker completed 22 of his 33 attempts for 289 yards and four touchdowns while Aguilar hauled in seven receptions for 81 yards and his lone touchdown.

Washington, now 1-1, will turn their focus to sixth-ranked Nebraska who beat up on Idaho 38-17 at home in Lincoln.


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