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No. 14 Washington uses big plays to rout Rutgers 48-13

Quarterback Chris Laviano #5 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights fumbles as he is tackled by defensive lineman Vita Vea #50 (R) and linebacker Azeem Victor #36 of the Washington Huskies on September 3, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.

Quarterback Chris Laviano #5 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights fumbles as he is tackled by defensive lineman Vita Vea #50 (R) and linebacker Azeem Victor #36 of the Washington Huskies on September 3, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.

SEATTLE (AP) — Jake Browning threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns, John Ross caught two touchdowns and returned a kickoff for another score in his first game since the end of the 2014 season, and No. 14 Washington looked every bit a Top 25 team with a 48-13 rout of Rutgers on Saturday.

Entering a season of lofty expectations, the Huskies (1-0) raced to a 24-0 first-quarter lead and were never threatened by the rebuilding Scarlet Knights, in their first game under new coach Chris Ash.

Browning threw for 277 yards and all three scores in the first half as the Huskies built a 34-3 lead. Browning should have thrown four TDs in the half, but Darrell Daniels dropped a pass in the end zone late in the second quarter.

Browning’s offseason goal was to be better on deep throws. He was certainly good to start the season, hitting Chico McClatcher on a 43-yard touchdown on his second pass of the season, followed by TD throws of 38 and 50 yards to Ross as the Huskies burned Rutgers’ decision to play man coverage on the outside.

The Huskies were also dynamic on special teams. Ross took a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and Dante Pettis returned a punt 68 yards for a score in the third quarter. It was the third time in school history Washington had kickoff and punt return touchdowns in the same game, and first since 2001.

The Huskies meager non-conference schedule will continue by hosting Idaho. It will be another chance for the Huskies to give some of its younger players experience before the schedule toughens at the end of September.