SEATTLE — Washington served notice Saturday that it is one of the powers in the Pacific 10 Conference by routing 10th-ranked Ohio State, 40-7.
The 17th-ranked Huskies, who open conference play against USC in Los Angeles on Sept. 27, were slight underdogs against the Buckeyes.
Quarterback Chris Chandler, who completed 14 of 21 passes for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns before the Husky reserves took over, said: "I'm surprised we were able to do what we did to Ohio State. I never thought we would have our second team in the game at all. I thought it was going to go down to the very end."
Washington Coach Don James said: "I didn't dream this could have happened. Even if they (the Buckeyes) were playing the Chicago Bears, you wouldn't expect it."
The Buckeyes became the first Ohio State team since 1894 to lose its first two games. Ohio State lost its season opener Aug. 27 to Alabama, 16-10.
Ohio State Coach Earle Bruce said: "They kicked us hard and they played us good. I can't remember the last time we were beaten this badly. This was a total blowout."
Lonzell Hill, the son of former NFL star J.D. Hill, caught both of Chandler's touchdown passes.
The Huskies rolled up 408 yards in total offense to 186 for Ohio State. The Huskies rushed for 204 yards, led by Rick Fenney's 74 yards in 22 carries.
"It makes me wonder how good we can be," said Darryl Franklin, who caught a team-high 4 passes for 64 yards. "It's scary how good we can be on offense."
Washington held Buckeye quarterback Jim Karsatos to 9 completions in 17 attempts for 85 yards. In the third quarter, Karsatos passed 9 yards to Cris Carter for Ohio State's only points.
After a scoreless first quarter, Washington took a 3-0 lead early in the second period on Jeff Jaeger's 42-yard field goal. Then, in a three-minute span, Fenney scored from the two, Vince Weathersby ran for a six-yard score and Chandler hit Hill with a five-yard touchdown pass to give the Huskies a 24-0 lead at halftime.
Jaeger's 39-yard field goal early in the third quarter made it 27-0.
Jaeger had 10 points in the game--two field goals and four PATs--and became Washington's all-time scorer with 275 points. The record of 271 was set by kicker Chuck Nelson from 1980-82.