Corey Dillon set an NCAA rushing record for a quarter, gaining 222 yards in 16 carries in the first quarter as No. 15 Washington overwhelmed San Jose State, 53-10, in a nonconference game Saturday.
Dillon, a 225-pound junior tailback, played only one quarter for Washington (8-2), but that was enough to give the Huskies a 25-0 lead en route to their fifth victory in a row. Dillon scored on runs of 78, 48 and four yards and also turned a screen pass from Brock Huard into an 83-yard touchdown. It was the second-longest pass play in Washington history.
Dillon broke the record of 214 yards set by Andre Herrera of Southern Illinois against Northern Illinois in 1976. He also set school season records for rushing yards (1,400), touchdowns (20) and rushing touchdowns (19). Napoleon Kaufman gained 1,390 yards in 1994, Mario Bailey was the third Husky player with 17 TDs in 1991, and Rashaan Shehee ran for 15 touchdowns last season.
On a cold and rainy day, Washington set school records with 559 rushing yards and 734 yards overall. It was the most rushing yards ever against San Jose State (2-7), which lost its 17th straight game to a Pacific 10 opponent.
The Huskies, hoping for a Cotton Bowl berth as the Pacific 10 runner-up, hardly missed Dillon, building the lead to 43-3 by halftime. Huard broke out of a near sack and scored on a 12-yard run and Terry Hollimon ran 37 yards for another touchdown.
Washington finished with three 100-yard rushers. Hollimon had 148 yards in 16 carries and while freshman Maurice Shaw gained 100 in 14 attempts.
Washington sacked San Jose State quarterbacks Carl Dean and Dan O’Dell seven times. Linebacker Jason Chorak, the Pacific 10’s sack leader, had 1 1/2 to give him a school-record 13 1/2.