10:00 PM ET, September 30, 2006
Arizona Stadium, TUCSON, AZ
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Washington needed less than six minutes to double Coach Tyrone Willingham's win total from last year.
Isaiah Stanback threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Huskies to their third straight victory, a 21-10 win over Arizona Saturday night in Pac-10 play.
"They were playing man-to-man against us," said Washington's Sonny Shackelford, who caught five passes for 105 yards. "They weren't respecting us as receivers. So we were telling the coaches we've got to take shots, we've got to go deep."
Washington (4-1, 2-0) scored three times in the final 6:07 of the first half to take a 21-3 lead and held Arizona (2-3, 0-2) to minus-7 yards rushing. Willingham's Huskies went 2-9 last season, his first as Washington coach.
Although the night mostly went in his favor, Willingham still had some concerns.
"The drive to end the first half was a really big drive," he said. "The only thing I wish we could have put something (on the board) the next quarter."
The Huskies didn't need it. Stanback hit Sonny Shackelford on a 50-yard pass to key an 80-yard drive that was capped by a 3-yard pass to Shackelford, erasing Arizona's 3-0 lead.
Shackelford made all of his receptions in the first half and was facing heralded cornerback Antoine Cason part of the night.
"I took a lot of it personally," Shackelford said. "Everybody was saying he's the top corner in the nation. Well, I feel like I'm one of the receivers to reckon with in the nation. I just wanted to show my abilities."
After that first drive, Washington quickly got the ball back and scored again on a short drive highlighted by Stanback's 45-yard pass to Anthony Russo, who was being played by Cason. The Huskies needed just two plays to add a third score, with 22 seconds left before the break.
Stanback hit Shackelford on a 24-yard pass and then scrambled to find Quintin Daniels on a 56-yard catch and run play against Arizona's spread-out prevent defense.
Stanback, who was 14-of-25 passing on the night, connected on 11 straight throws after missing his first four, including an interception. He added 47 yards rushing on 10 carries.
"We just kind of broke down in some areas that cost us," Arizona coach Mike Stoops said. "We are not the kind of team that can come back from that kind of deficit."
The Huskies then held Arizona on its first drive of the second half, not allowing the Wildcats to score despite having a first-and-goal at the 4. Chris Jennings was caught on a 4-yard loss and then Scott White got his second sack and eighth tackle overall when he easily pushed Willie Tuitama for a 16-yard loss.
Nick Folk, who hit a 52-yard field goal for the lone Arizona score of the first half, missed from 41 yards.
"The defense did a lot of things well," Willingham said. "But what we did the best was keep them off the scoreboard. We had the ability to provide some pressure on the quarterback, even out of some three-man rushes."
White also had two assisted tackles and had three for losses, totaling 29 yards.
"We couldn't let the quarterback sit back and get into a rhythm," White said. "Because if he got in a rhythm, we knew we'd be in trouble."
The Wildcats drove for their first touchdown in 11 quarters against a Division I-A opponent in the third quarter but never got closer. Syndric Steptoe caught Tuitama's pass with his fingertips, bobbling the ball for a 13-yard score on a fourth-and-2 play to cut the lead to 21-10 with 5:55 left in the period.
Tuitama completed 24 of 41 passes for 308 yards and an interception but had minus-62 yards rushing.
Coming into the game, the Wildcats' only touchdown against a Division I-A team was a two-yard pass by Tuitama in the third quarter of season-opening 16-13 win over Brigham Young.
"We got down there a couple of times and hurt ourselves which is somewhat frustrating," Stoops said. "We have got to get better at protecting the quarterback. Ultimately it comes down to not being able to run the football."
Washington, whose only loss this season was 37-20 to No. 16 Oklahoma on Sept. 9, beat Arizona 38-14 for one of its two wins last year.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-14||1-14|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-2|
|FG||9:51||NICHOLAS FOLK 52 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 44 yards.
|TD||6:07||SONNY SHACKELFORD 3 YD PASS FROM ISAIAH STANBACK (MICHAEL BRAUNSTEIN KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||2:44||KENNY JAMES 4 YD RUN (MICHAEL BRAUNSTEIN KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 63 yards.
|TD||0:22||QUINTIN DANIELS 55 YD PASS FROM ISAIAH STANBACK (MICHAEL BRAUNSTEIN KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||5:55||SYNDRIC STEPTOE 13 YD PASS FROM WILLIE TUITAMA (NICHOLAS FOLK KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 60 yards.