September 15, 2019 / 3:12 AM / a month ago

Hawaii's Pac-12 dominance ends as No. 23 Washington rolls

Jacob Eason completed 18 of 25 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns as No. 23 Washington defeated visiting Hawaii 52-20 Saturday.

Sep 14, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; The Washington Huskies band warms-up before the start of a game against the Hawaii Warriors at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The Huskies (2-1) scored touchdowns on five of their first six possessions and took a 38-7 halftime lead in rebounding from an upset loss at home last weekend to California in their Pac-12 opener.

The Rainbow Warriors (2-1) failed to make it three wins in a row against Pac-12 competition after defeating Arizona and Oregon State at home in their first two games of the season.

Salvon Ahmed rushed eight times for a game-high 83 yards for the Huskies and Sean McGrew added 63 yards and a touchdown, also on eight carries. Teammate Richard Newton rushed for three scores.

Tight end Hunter Bryant led Washington pass-catchers with five receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Hawaii’s Cole McDonald completed 22 of 35 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions.

McDonald spread the ball around, with Cedric Byrd II, JoJo Ward and Jared Smart each making six receptions.

Miles Reed led the Rainbow Warriors with 70 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 15 carries.

The Huskies took the opening kickoff and scored on a 47-yard strike from Eason to Bryant. The three-play, 76-yard drive took just 1:16.

Following Myles Bryant’s interception of McDonald on the second play of Hawaii’s first drive, McGrew ran it in from 22 yards out to make it 14-0 with 11:36 left in the first.

The third touchdown came on a 28-yard pass from Eason to Puka Nacua, giving the Huskies a 21-0 advantage with 6:02 left in the quarter.

After a punt on their fourth possession, the Huskies put together two more touchdown drives. Aaron Fuller caught a 37-yard scoring pass from Eason and Newton scored on a 5-yard run.

Peyton Henry’s 23-yard field goal gave the Huskies a 38-0 lead with 3:27 left in the half.

Hawaii finally got on the scoreboard with 39 seconds left in the half as Reed recovered his own fumble in the end zone after an 8-yard run.

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Reed scored on a 7-yard run and Byrd caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to pull the Rainbow Warriors within 38-20.

Newton scored 1- and 8-yard runs in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

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