Washington, Hobert Have Last Word, 44-16 : Pacific 10: He and most other starters for the No. 3 Huskies leave the game early during victory over Arizona State.

From Associated Press

Outspoken Washington quarterback Billy Joe Hobert is talking again. He is trying not to say anything outlandish, however.

Hobert ended a self-imposed, two-week silence Saturday after leading the third-ranked Huskies to a 44-16 victory over Arizona State.

"I'm not the perfect quarterback," Hobert said. "I've never claimed to be. But I think I got the job done today."

Hobert displeased Coach Don James after Washington's victory at California two weeks earlier when he said the Huskies should skip the Rose Bowl and find a place to play either Florida State or Miami for the national championship.

He didn't talk about a national title after passing for two touchdowns and running for a third against the Sun Devils. Instead, he talked about Washington's game at USC next Saturday. Although USC is 3-5 after a loss to Cal Saturday, Hobert noted Washington hasn't won in Los Angeles since 1980.

"This will be the biggest game of the year for us," Hobert said.

Washington is 8-0, including 5-0 in the Pacific 10 Conference. It is the best start for the Huskies since 1984, when they won their first nine games and went 11-1 to finish second to Brigham Young for the national championship.

Cornerback Dana Hall said the Huskies want to take an 11-0 record to the Rose Bowl. Washington won the Pac-10 title despite a late-season loss to UCLA last season.

"Last year we lost a game and still got to the Rose Bowl," Hall said. "We don't want anything bittersweet this year."

Arizona State beat Washington in Seattle two years ago.

"We had a lot of respect for Arizona State," James said. "We knew they could give us a lot of headaches if we weren't ready to play."

Said Sun Devil Coach Larry Marmie: "It was obvious today Washington is a great football team. Certainly, you can make a case for them to be number one. But you have to be the best every Saturday."

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