Washington Coach Don James said his 19th-ranked Huskies wiped out some bad memories and put themselves back into the Pacific 10 race with a 10-0 victory over Arizona State on Saturday at Tempe, Ariz.
John McCallum kicked a 42-yard field goal, and Vince Weathersby scored on a 1-yard run midway through the third quarter as Washington won at Tempe for the first time since 1982.
“We’ve left here before many times with long faces,” James said. “We were beaten badly here in 1975 (35-12) and beaten badly here the last two times (36-7 and 34-21 in 1985 and 1986, respectively).
“A win like this means a whole lot for us, especially since we lost a conference game last week (24-17 to UCLA). It helps your confidence and your attitude and gets us ready for next week’s game against Southern Cal.”
It was the 69th Pac-10 win of James’ 14-year career at Washington and moved him within 1 of tying former USC Coach John McKay’s all-time conference mark.
The Huskies (4-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play) led, 3-0, after a first half in which there were 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles, 2 missed field goals and 2 blocked kicks. Arizona State is 3-2 and 0-1.
“We were our own worst enemy,” Sun Devil Coach Larry Marmie said. “We had some costly turnovers, had some dropped balls and we missed field goals, one from down close. You got to convert those. We just didn’t get the job done.”
Stanford 44, San Jose State 12--Alan Grant’s 78-yard interception return for a touchdown helped the Cardinal pull away from the Spartans in a nonconference game at Palos Alto.
Stanford, coming off a 42-12 loss to Notre Dame, got the ball 8 times on turnovers by the Spartans, who are 1-5 after their fifth straight setback.
There were more than 30 penalties called, with both teams penalized for more than 100 yards.
Stanford (2-3) jumped to an early 21-0 lead, but San Jose was down by only 21-12 early in the second quarter. The Cardinal then drove 74 yards for a touchdown, with Jon Volpe scoring on a 3-yard run.
Grant scored on the third longest interception return in school history.
Washington St. 44, California 13--Timm Rosenbach threw for 281 yards, and Steve Broussard rushed for 190 yard as the Cougars thrashed the Bears at Pullman, Wash.
Washington State, the nation’s top offensive team, racked up 591 yards in total offense and raised its record to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10. California, which had been the Pac-10’s top defensive team, fell to 3-2 and 0-2.
Broussard, a junior who has rushed for more than 100 yards in every game this season, scored 2 touchdowns before a homecoming crowd of 27,077 at Martin Stadium.
The Cougars led, 30-6, at halftime and coasted to their first home victory of the season.
After recovering a fumble by Cal quarterback Troy Taylor on their 16, the Cougars drove 84 yards as Rosenbach hit Victor Wood on a 4-yard pass for the game’s first score.
On the first play of the second quarter, Lewis Bush blocked a punt by Cal’s Robbie Keen at the Cal 29 and Bob O’Neal recovered in the end zone for Washington State.
Keen followed with a 32-yard field goal, but the Cougars then drove 90 yards in 6 plays, with Rosenbach running 5 yards for the score.
Broussard got his touchdowns on runs of 37 and 3 yards.