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December 24, 2013 at 6:14 AM

UW flashback: Chris Chandler, Huskies crunch BYU to avenge 1985 loss

Washington quarterback Chris Chandler in 1987. (Harley Soltes/The Seattle Times)

Washington quarterback Chris Chandler in 1987. (Harley Soltes/The Seattle Times)

Here’s the game story from The Seattle Times on Sept. 21, 1986 after the Huskies’ 52-21 victory over BYU at Husky Stadium, as written by Dick Rockne.

Headline: Crunch!! Huskies chew up BYU

University of Washington football followers who thrive on the nip-and-tuck and wallow in the emotion of close games must be disappointed so far this season.

But not so you would notice.

Before a crowd of 61,197 mostly ecstatic fans yesterday in Husky Stadium, Brigham Young scored first and last, but it was all Washington in between as the Huskies breezed to their second victory in two outings, 52-21 over the Cougars.

Just as in its opener against Ohio State a week before, Washington removed any doubt about the outcome against BYU by rolling up a big halftime lead. The Huskies had a 24-0 halftime lead en route to a 40-7 victory over Ohio State. Yesterday, it was 42-7 — at halftime.

“I didn’t like the start and I didn’t like the finish, but in between it was pretty good,” Husky Coach Don James said after his team had extracted a bit of respect from the Cougars, who had walloped the Huskies last year in Provo 31-3.

“We were trying to get BYU to respect our program,” James said. “It was embarrassing last year and we wanted to do something about it.”

Mission accomplished.

After BYU’s Robert Parker returned Jeff Jaeger’s opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Cougar lead, and after an exchange of punts, the Huskies went to work.

They scored on eight straight possessions — five touchdowns and three field goals — and included a safety when Reggie Rogers sacked quarterback Steve Lindsley in the end zone. The explosion produced 45 points in 26 minutes of playing time and virtually eliminated the Cougars from contention.

Rogers’ quarterback sack was one of 10 recorded by Huskies for a total of 87 yards in losses. The sack-pack leader was Steve Roberts, senior lineman, who had four drops for 39 yards. “I haven’t had four sacks in one game since junior high school,” Roberts said.

The lost yardage left BYU with minus-45 yards rushing for the game. The Cougars finished with 270 yards passing (18 of 31), but by halftime they had only 64 yards passing, 26 yards total. Washington had 253 yards.

“Like I told the kids at halftime . . . sometimes you get a day like today,” said BYU Coach Lavelle Edwards. “It was a combination of the way we played and the way they played.”

With the exception of some kicking-game flaws, the Huskies played almost error free. In contrast, BYU lost three fumbles and had one pass intercepted.

UW quarterback Chris Chandler completed 13 of 22 passes for 202 yards and fell one shy of the school single-game record with four touchdown throws. Lonzell Hill caught two of the TD tosses; Rod Jones and Darryl Franklin had one each.

All four of the TD throws came in the second period, when Washington tallied 27 points. The Huskies tallied 24 in the second period against Ohio State a week earlier.

Led by Rick Fenney (19 carries for 65 yards) and Vince Weathersby (55 on 10), the Huskies netted 202 yards rushing. Washington’s only fumble was by Steve Jones, who dropped a punt reception.

Chandler said he sensed that Washington would have an opportunity to win when the defense showed it could handle BYU’s highly respected _ and usually successful _ passing attack.

“When the defense started playing well, that got me fired up,” Chandler said.

But Chandler, his teammates and many in the crowd felt the Huskies might be in for a battle when Parker returned that opening kickoff for a touchdown. It was the first kickoff returned for a TD against Washington in 15 years _ since Freddie Pouncy of TCU went 94 yards in the rain Sept. 25, 1971.

Yesterday, Parker never was touched. After getting past the first flack by going up the middle, he veered to his right at about the 50, reached the sideline and outran a diving Jaeger and a pursuing Darryl Hall en route to the end zone. Leonard Chitty’s conversion kick put BYU on top 7-0 after 12 seconds.

Washington scored the next 52 points.

Jaeger kicked three field goals, two of 34 yards and one of 45 yards, and five (of six) extra-point kicks to take high-point honors with 14. It boosted his UW career-record total to 289 points.

Chandler scored the Huskies’ first touchdown, on a 2-yard option run, and had TD throws of 6 yards (to tight end Rod Jones), 11 yards to Franklin, and 27 and 12 yards to Lonzell Hill.

Backup fullback Tony Covington capped Washington’s scoring with a 1-yard dive with 9:18 to play in the game. That finished off a 92-yard, 16-play series that consumed 9:18.

Chandler’s TD run out of a fullhouse-T formation capped a 64-yard, 11-play drive that tied the score 7-7 with 8:09 to play in the first quarter.

Jaeger’s kickoff was touched by BYU’s Mike O’Brien just before the ball bounced out of bounds on the Cougar 2. Moments later, Bo Yates intercepted a Lindsley pass at the Cougar 31 and returned it to the 16. That led to Jaeger’s first field goal, which came with 3:19 to go in the quarter and put Washington ahead for good at 10-7.

So, after thrashing nationally ranked teams the first two weeks of the season by a combined score of 92-28; after outgaining Ohio State and BYU by more than 400 yards (821 to 411), how good are the Huskies?

James isn’t ready to say.

“Let’s play a little longer,” James said. “Let’s see how good BYU is. Let’s see how good Ohio State is.”

Washington will begin Pacific-10 Conference play Saturday in Los Angeles against Southern Cal. The Trojans, like the Huskies, are unbeaten after two games.

Copyright © 1986 The Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.



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