Scores

Final

Washington 3

(0-3, 0-1 Pac-12)

Notre Dame 38

(3-1)

3:30 PM ET, September 25, 2004

Notre Dame Stadium, NOTRE DAME, IN

1 2 3 4 T
WASH 0 3 0 03
ND 21 10 0 738

Quinn ties school record

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame's West Coast offense clicked against a West Coast defense.

Brady Quinn took control of the game in the first half, completing 15-of-23 passes for 196 yards and four touchdowns to lead Notre Dame to a 38-3 victory Saturday against Washington.

Quinn was unstoppable in the first half as he played the West Coast offense to perfection, hitting short passes, long throws and everything in between. He connected for two TDs each to Matt Shelton and Anthony Fasano to match a school record for touchdown passes in a game done eight times previously.

"It should have been more," Quinn said. "It's a good feeling, but I'm still unhappy with the play in the second half."

Quinn completed only two passes in the second half, one for 53 yards that set up the final score for Notre Dame (3-1), but it hardly mattered. The sophomore finished 17-of-32 for 266 yards with one interception.

"Unfortunately, we couldn't get any pressure on Quinn," Washington coach Keith Gilbertson said. "He made the plays when he needed to, and we struggled to stop him."

Washington (0-3), which hasn't had a losing season since 1976, is off to its worst start since 1969. The Huskies lost their first nine games that year before beating Washington State in the season finale.

About the only disappointment for Notre Dame on Saturday was that after playing their best half offensively, the Irish couldn't move the ball in the second half. It was especially disappointing because Notre Dame coaches had stressed the need to finish strong after letting Michigan State stay in the game a week earlier.

Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham didn't seem too disappointed.

"That was a pretty good first half, I think for the most part," Willingham said. "We were able to do just about all the things we set out to do."

Willingham was most pleased with the 21 points in the first quarter.

"We hadn't had a quick start all year, so it was really important for us to do so in this ball game," he said.

Washington cornerback Derrick Johnson said the Huskies, who gave up 424 yards rushing against UCLA a week earlier, expected Notre Dame to run more.

"Basically, in the passing game, we were a little bit surprised. But you've still got to make plays," he said.

Despite Notre Dame's troubles in the second half, Washington never got back in the game. They were held without a touchdown for the first time since a 16-3 loss to Arizona in 1992.

Gilbertson said the Huskies are desperate for a victory.

"Sooner or later you've got to win a game so you don't forget what that feels like," he said.

The three points were the fewest allowed by the Irish since a 42-0 victory against Rutgers on Nov. 23, 2002.

It marked the first time Willingham has defeated the Huskies. Willingham's Stanford teams were 0-5 against Washington. The Huskies are now 0-5 against the Irish, losing by combined scored of 194-51.

"Tyrone has a really good looking football team in a lot of ways," Gilbertson said. "I think at this point they are going to be tough to beat."

Willingham said it wasn't the complete game the Irish were looking for.

"But today, we're not going to worry about it," he said.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WASH
ND
1st Downs2022
Total Yards335412
Passing223266
Rushing112146
Penalties6-5510-101
3rd Down Conversions3-155-16
4th Down Conversions0-20-1
Turnovers51
Possession28:0331:57

Passing Leaders

WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Bonnell7/18935.201-
Paus10/261305.000-
Notre DameC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Quinn17/322668.341-

Rushing Leaders

WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG
James11333.0013
Sims Jr.4307.5014
Notre DameCARYDSAVGTDLG
Walker23813.5117
Wilson5204.008

Receiving Leaders

WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams57214.4028
Shackelford33812.7017
Notre DameRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shelton47418.5227
McKnight36822.7053

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWASHND
TD8:59MATT SHELTON 24 YD PASS FROM BRADY QUINN (D.J. FITZPATRICK KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 45 yards.
07
TD0:20MATT SHELTON 27 YD PASS FROM BRADY QUINN (D.J. FITZPATRICK KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 79 yards.
014
TD0:00ANTHONY FASANO 18 YD PASS FROM BRADY QUINN (D.J. FITZPATRICK KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 18 yards.
021
SECOND QUARTERWASHND
FG11:53MICHAEL BRAUNSTEIN 26 YD FG
Drive info: 10 plays, 58 yards.
321
TD9:14ANTHONY FASANO 15 YD PASS FROM BRADY QUINN (D.J. FITZPATRICK KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 65 yards.
328
FG0:34D.J. FITZPATRICK 45 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 34 yards.
331
FOURTH QUARTERWASHND
TD12:19DARIUS WALKER 17 YD RUN (D.J. FITZPATRICK KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 75 yards.
338