Thompson leads Huskies to rout of Illini
SEATTLE — Linebacker Shaq Thompson returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown, picked up a fumble and rumbled 52 yards for another score, and Washington routed Illinois 44-19 on Saturday, improving to 3-0 under Chris Petersen.
Thompson became the first Washington player to score via fumble and interception in the same game since at least 1978, according to the school’s records. Thompson was on the verge of adding a TD on offense but stumbled on a 13-yard run when it looked like he had a clear path to the end zone.
Washington quarterback Cyler Miles threw a 75-yard touchdown to John Ross as part of a 21-point blitz that took less than six minutes of the first half. Dwayne Washington’s 12-yard TD run gave the Huskies a 28-3 lead on the first play of the second quarter.
Wes Lunt threw for 230 yards for the Fighting Illini (2-1), but was unable to take advantage of Washington’s depleted secondary. Illinois was trying for just the fifth 3-0 start in the past 25 years.
WASHINGTON STATE 59, PORTLAND STATE 21: At Pullman, Wash., Connor Halliday, the nation’s leading passer, threw for 544 yards and six touchdowns for Washington State.
Isiah Myers caught 11 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns for Washington State (1-2), which had opened the season with losses to Rutgers and Nevada but proved too much for FCS Portland State.
Kieran McDonagh led Portland State (1-2) with 269 passing yards and a touchdown.
Halliday, a senior, completed 41 of 62 passes and was intercepted twice. Washington State piled up 706 yards of offense.