3:30 PM ET, October 9, 2004
SEATTLE (AP) -- Kenny James got the big runs. Keith Gilbertson got a big piece of chocolate cake. And the Washington Huskies finally got their first win.
James ran for a career-high 189 yards, including 179 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the second half, and previously winless Washington beat San Jose State 21-6 Saturday.
"We knew we were capable of running the ball. It was just up to the players," James said. "It took all 11 players to run. We did a great job in the second half and got ourselves a victory."
Reserve quarterback Casey Paus led two second-half scoring drives and Washington's defense held the Spartans (2-3) in check one week after their 70-63 victory over Rice in the highest-scoring regulation game in NCAA history.
"We can remember what it felt like to have some fun after the game. It's way better than we've felt after the first four," said Gilbertson, seated in front of a chunky slice of cake topped by a 100 candle -- marking his 100th game as a head coach.
San Jose State dropped to 0-9 against the Huskies (1-4), who allowed only 111 yards rushing and 22 yards passing.
The Spartans -- who scored 10 TDs in last week's wacky win -- never reached the end zone, despite five possessions in Washington's red zone. Three times, turnovers by the Huskies gave San Jose State the ball inside Washington's 20-yard line.
"We can't sit here and say we didn't have any breaks," San Jose State quarterback Dale Rogers said.
The Huskies wore down the Spartans, who were less fortunate than Western Athletic Conference mates Nevada and Fresno State -- each of whom won in the previous two visits by WAC members to Seattle.
James had 90 yards rushing on a 99-yard third-quarter scoring drive, helping Washington pull away from a 7-3 halftime lead. The Huskies got a break when officials ruled James was down on an apparent fumble early in the march.
"Kenny did a great job running the rock," Washington tackle Khalif Barnes said. "He made nice cuts and finished his runs. He played very hard."
Paus was 5-of-9 for 55 yards after replacing redshirt freshman Carl Bonnell, who was 2-of-7 for 20 yards. Gilbertson's biggest complaint was that the passing game must improve when Pac-10 play resumes next week against Oregon State.
"We're just struggling to get any consistency and rhythm in our catches and passing game," he said. "That's frustrating, particularly when you know how much I love to throw the ball."
Washington is off to its worst start in 35 years, and a look around sparsely attended Husky Stadium showed as much. The announced attendance of 65,816 seemed high, judging from many empty seats at the 72,500-seat stadium.
Bonnell started his second game but -- slowed by an injured groin sustained last week in practice -- was effective only on his opening series. He had 65 yards rushing on the 80-yard drive, capping it with a 1-yard TD run for a 7-0 lead.
Gilbertson said he won't know until after Monday if Bonnell or Paus will start next weekend against Oregon State.
"We need to make some decision on how to fix our passing game," Gilbertson said. "Right now, we're getting very little."
Bonnell struggled after San Jose State's defensive adjustments, leading to interceptions by Brian Nunez and Matthew Castelo, and the Spartans twice took over inside Washington's 20 late in the first half.
All they got on the scoreboard was a 32-yard field goal by Jeff Carr. San Jose State took over at the 13, ran seven plays and netted 0 yards despite a defensive holding penalty that moved the ball as close as the 7.
After the second turnover, Carr's 36-yard field-goal attempt was wide right.
The Spartans wasted another gift in the third quarter, after Huskies punter Sean Douglas fumbled deep in Washington territory and Rakine Toomes recovered for San Jose State at the 4.
Four plays later, Rogers fell on the ball after he dropped the snap on fourth-and-goal at the 1. The Huskies took over on downs.
"It hit my hand," Rogers said. "I should have gotten it."