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September 03, 2000|From Associated Press

Marques Tuiasosopo passed for a touchdown and ran for another as No. 14-ranked Washington opened the season with a 44-20 victory over Idaho on Saturday at Seattle.

He then turned his attention to the Huskies' next opponent, No. 5 Miami.

"Playing Miami gives you a boost of energy heading into next week," Tuiasosopo said. "We're going to celebrate tonight, start getting ready tomorrow and try to elevate our game."

Washington recovered four fumbles, intercepted a pass and blocked a punt to start Coach Rick Neuheisel's second season impressively. It was the most points scored by the Huskies in a season opener since they shut out Texas-El Paso, 55-0, in 1982.

Tuiasosopo accounted for 313 yards, completing 16 of 30 passes for 223 yards and one touchdown with one interception. He gained 80 yards in 15 carries and scored a touchdown to pass quarterback Chris Chandler, now of the Atlanta Falcons, for sixth place on Washington's career total offense list with 4,638 yards.

Idaho momentarily stunned Washington by taking a 7-0 lead on the first play when Willie Alderson scored on an 82-yard run, the fourth longest touchdown run ever against Washington.

After Ryan Downes punted 54 yards to the two, Washington drove 98 yards in five plays to tie it early in the second quarter, on a 32-yard pass from Tuiasosopo to Todd Elstrom.

Less than a minute later, the Huskies went ahead, 14-7, on a 21-yard keeper by Tuiasosopo.

Stanford 24, Washington State 10--Randy Fasani threw two touchdown passes as the defending conference champion Cardinal won at Pullman, Wash.

Fasani, a senior making his first start, led Stanford to all 24 of its points in the second quarter. He completed five of seven passes for 159 yards in the quarter.

Washington State was plagued by penalties and dropped passes that repeatedly gave Stanford good field position. The Cougars have lost 16 of their last 17 conference games.

After a scoreless first quarter, Stanford's Mike Biselli kicked a 22-yard field goal early in the second.

On Stanford's next series, Fasani eluded the rushing Raonall Smith and completed a short pass to Kerry Carter. Carter cut through defenders to complete an 84-yard touchdown play, fifth-longest in Stanford history.

On the next series, Fasani spun away from Isaac Brown to complete a 37-yard pass to Luke Powell. Two plays later, Fasani connected with Casey Moore on a six-yard touchdown pass for a 17-0 lead.

Moore ran six yards up the middle for a touchdown to give Stanford a 24-0 halftime lead.

Oregon 36, Nevada 7--Junior transfer Maurice Morris ran for 166 yards and a touchdown at Eugene, Ore., as the Ducks won their school-record 15th consecutive home game.

Quarterback Joey Harrington, who won the starting job from A.J. Feeley late last season, completed 10 of 22 passes for 151 yards and an interception.

Oregon put it away in the third, on Harrington's one-yard run that made it 22-7 with 5:51 to play.

Arizona 17, Utah 3--Linebacker Adrian Koch returned a fumble 10 yards for a touchdown and Larry Croom scored on a 13-yard run as the Wildcats won at Salt Lake City.

On the third play of the third quarter, Utah quarterback T.D. Croshaw was smothered by defenders. The ball popped loose, Koch scooped it up and ran untouched into the end zone to give Arizona a 7-3 lead in the opener for both teams.

On the ensuing possession, Wildcat defensive end Idris Haroon reached Croshaw again, forcing a fumble that was recovered by teammate Keoni Fraser at Utah's 29.

Croom's run gave Arizona a 14-3 lead with 9:52 left in the quarter.

Oregon State 21, Eastern Washington 19--Ken Simonton rushed for 200 yards to break the Beavers' career rushing record as Oregon State edged Eastern Washington at Corvallis, Ore.

Simonton surpassed Dave Schilling's 2,563 yards from 1969-71. He also broke Schilling's record of 13 games of 100 yards or more.

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