James, who struggled to gain positive yardage throughout the first half, scored on a career-long 52-yard touchdown with 3:06 left in the third quarter and added an 18-yard touchdown 4:30 into the fourth quarter to give him a career high 189 yards on the ground.
The Husky defense, meanwhile, did its part on the day, limiting San Jose State to a mere 133 total yards, just 22 through the air.
Washington (1-4) improved its overall record against the Spartans (2-3) to 9-0, doing so on a rainy afternoon that kept around 20,000 fans from attending the game. Those who skipped the trip to Montlake didn't miss much, other than a sloppily played game dominated by the defense.
The Huskies, facing a Spartans team that scorched Rice for 70 points last week, began the game much the same way they had played in their first four games of the season very poorly. On the team's first offensive play from scrimmage, quarterback Carl Bonnell was pressured in the backfield and threw an interception over the middle of the field. Luckily for Washington, it was called back due to defensive holding. On their second play, Bonnell scrambled for 18 yards on quarterback keeper only to fumble at the end of the play. Again, the Huskies lucked out as the officials overturned the initial ruling and called him down.
Bonnell went on to be the key part to the Huskies first drive, rushing the ball six times for 65 yards and capping it with a one-yard touchdown on an option to the right.
But from that point on, the UW offense hit the skids. Bonnell didn't complete his first pass until the final 30 seconds of the first quarter, when he found Joe Toledo for a 12-yard gain. And he completed just one more before halftime, again to Toledo, finishing the half 2-7 for 20 yards through the air. Bothered by an injured groin that flared up late in the second quarter, Bonnell was replaced by Paus for the Huskies final offensive possession of the half and never returned.
A Jeff Carr 32 yard field goal brought the Spartans to within 7-3 heading to halftime, and left the announced crowd of 65,816 longing for the Husky days of old.
Paus opened the second half in control of the offense, but didn't fair much better than Bonnell. The Huskies sputtered to a quick three-and-out, and a bad snap on the fourth down punt put the Spartans at the UW 4.
Needing a stop to hold on to the lead, the fired up Husky defense gave up three yards on the Spartans first three plays of the drive and stuffed quarterback Dale Rogers on a fourth-down quarterback sneak attempt.
Still ahead 7-3, Washington regained possession and marched down the field behind the rushing of James. The third-year sophomore carried the ball six times on the drive, capping it with the 52 yard run through the heart of the San Jose State defense. It was just the second 99-yard drive since 1986 for the Huskies, extending the lead to 14-3.
James led Washington back to the endzone on the team's next possession, carrying the ball five times to key an eight-play, 61 yard drive that he capped with his second touchdown of the day behind a key lead block from junior fullback James Sims Jr.
Paus finished the day 5-9 for 55 yards passing.
Rogers, on the other hand, was 7-9 for 22 yards.
Tyson Thompson, the Spartans speedy halfback, accounted for almost all of the team's offense with 109 yards rushing.
The Huskies welcome Oregon State to town next Saturday, still searching for their first conference win of the season. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m.
In Attendance: Former Husky defensive lineman Terry Johnson, who now goes by Tank, was on the sidelines. The same can be said for Todd Bachert, who spent five years with the Huskies on the offensive line before graduating last year.